WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded $2.8 million to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety for drunk driving prevention, U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced today.
The grant is part of a federal incentive program and may be used to enact and enforce laws and implement programs to combat alcohol impaired driving.
“Someone in our country dies every 50 minutes from an alcohol-related car crash,” said Lautenberg. “This grant helps advance proven programs that will prevent tragic accidents and save lives in New Jersey. It is critical that we continue to fund programs that keep drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel.”
“Drunk driving kills thousands every year. This funding will help New Jersey get tough on drunk drivers and prevent alcohol-related accidents,” said Menendez. “This funding will help New Jersey’s police officers reduce the number of senseless tragedies from drunk driving.”
Earlier this year, Senators Lautenberg, Tom Udall (D-NM) and Menendez introduced legislation to keep drunk drivers off the road by requiring the use of ignition interlock technology for all convicted drunk driving offenders. Under the proposal, states that decide not to use the technology would lose a portion of their federal transportation funding.
During his tenure in the Senate, Lautenberg wrote the law that lowered the legal blood alcohol limit to .08 in all 50 states. He also authored the law that established a national legal drinking age of 21.
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