NEWARK – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety nearly $2 million to improve highway safety and reduce traffic accidents, injuries, and deaths, U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez (both D-NJ) announced today.
“New Jersey is home to some of the most traveled roads in the country and this federal grant will help make them safer,” said Lautenberg, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, which funds this program. “We need to do all we can to make sure New Jersey roadways are safe for our drivers, passengers, workers and pedestrians and I will continue to fight to make safety a priority.”
“Highway safety programs are essential for keeping New Jersey drivers safe,” said Menendez. “As one of the most heavily traveled states in the nation, we unfortunately have seen our share of traffic accidents. This is about saving lives and that’s why we advocate for safety funding and why I am so glad to see that work pay off.”
New Jersey is receiving these federal funds through the Section 402 State and Community Highway Safety Grant Program, which was created to support state and community programs to reduce deaths and injuries on highways. New Jersey uses these funds to implement its Highway Safety Plan, which includes alcohol countermeasures, police traffic services, work zone safety, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and driver and passenger protection programs.
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