Wednesday, 15 September 2021 10:55

Maryland Governor Announces $12M in Grants for Highway Safety

Written by Brent Addleman, The Center Square
Heavy early morning traffic is seen in September 2017 on a highway a few miles from Baltimore, MD. Heavy early morning traffic is seen in September 2017 on a highway a few miles from Baltimore, MD. RaksyBH/Shutterstock


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More than 90 agencies in Maryland will receive more than $12 million in federal highway safety grants, Gov. Larry Hogan announced.

The grants are part of the state’s focus to prevent motor vehicle crashes and eliminate roadway fatalities, the governor said in a news release.


“With traffic already back to pre-pandemic levels, it is even more important that we continue working to make our streets and roadways safer and more accessible,” Hogan said in the release. “This critical funding will help us prevent crashes and fatalities all across the state and ensure highway safety remains a top priority.”


The state’s Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s Highway Safety Office will begin dispersing the funds Oct. 1, according to the release, coming on the heels of the Hogan announcing the distribution of nearly $1 million in funding to focus on pedestrian and bicycle safety measures earlier this year.


Last year, 573 people were killed on the state’s roadways, a significant increase from 2019’s 535 fatalities, the release reads. Last year, 138 pedestrians and 15 bicyclists were killed, compared to 125 pedestrians and 10 bicyclists killed the previous year.


The governor said in the release “the fatalities occurred despite average vehicle traffic volumes dropping as much as 50%” during the peak months of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The highway safety funding will support efforts to increase the use of seat belts in all seats; prevent impaired, aggressive and distracted driving; and increase safety for pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists, the release reads.


Funding, according to the release, will also be used to promote the correct use of child passenger safety seats, police training for highway safety and traffic enforcement, fund overtime enforcement for Maryland’s traffic laws and...

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