So. Md. Agencies Receive $197,200 of $12M Federal Highway Safety Grants - Southern Maryland Headline News

So. Md. Agencies Receive $197,200 of $12M Federal Highway Safety Grants

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ANNAPOLIS (Sept. 19, 2016)—Governor Larry Hogan today announced over $12.5 million in federal highway safety funds granted to more than 80 agencies and organizations across Maryland to help strengthen and expand the state's efforts to save lives on Maryland roads. The funds will be distributed by the Maryland Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Office to law enforcement agencies and traffic safety advocates throughout Maryland.

Six agencies in the tri-county area will receive a total of $197,200.

The federal grants will help fund the following traffic-safety efforts:

• Preventing impaired, aggressive, and distracted driving

• Increasing the use of seat belts

• Increasing motorcyclist, pedestrian, and bicyclist safety efforts

• Funding child passenger safety fitting stations

• Funding traffic safety-related law enforcement operations

• Improving Maryland's traffic data systems

To help reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries across the state, Maryland is implementing a five-year plan known as the Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). The plan brings together local, state, and federal partners and organizations such as the National Safety Council, AAA, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and numerous other corporate, non-profit, and public sector partners. The SHSP contains more than 30 separate strategies to reduce overall roadway fatalities by at least 50 percent in the next two decades. The Plan emphasizes solutions from the "Four Es" of highway safety—Engineering, Enforcement, Education, and Emergency Medical Services.

"Our mission is to do everything in our power to eliminate traffic crashes," said Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn. "Zero crashes, zero injuries and zero fatalities is our ultimate goal."

The federal grant awards can only be used for traffic safety activities and are allocated based on crash data for each county and/or organization that applied for funding. Funds can only be spent during Federal Fiscal Year 2017 (October 1, 2016–September 30, 2017). A breakdown of the amounts granted to agencies in the tri-county area follows:

• Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse $5,720.00

• Calvert County Sheriff's Office $34,750.00

• Charles County Sheriff's Office $64,750.00

• St. Mary's County Circuit Court $43,505.00

• St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office $37,475.00

• Town of La Plata Police $11,000.00

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