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Senators Menendez, Booker Announce More Than $1.5 Million for Highway Safety

Journal Staff Report | 12/19/2013, 1:18 p.m.
U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) recently announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic ...
U.S. Senator Cory Booker D-NJ.

U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) recently announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded $1,568,292 to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

These grants can be used to implement systems to promote, track, and enforce seatbelt and child seat safety programs, ignition interlock and impaired driving prevention programs, motorcyclist safety programs, and efforts to improve New Jersey's traffic safety information systems, said a news release from Booker’s office.

The funding will be distributed to programs designed to reduce highway deaths and injuries from drunk driving, unsafe operation of a motorcycle, and riding unrestrained or improperly restrained in motor vehicles.

“These federal funds will help make New Jersey’s roads safer for drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists,” said Menendez. “New Jersey’s economy depends on reliable means of transportation, and each of these grants will help strengthen our transportation system while safeguarding our loved ones by putting an end to preventable and senseless roadway incidents.”

“These federal grants will enable important investments that will make New Jerseyans safer, improving the vital arteries necessary for doing business and supporting jobs throughout the state," Booker said.

The funding was awarded through the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety received:

• $938,546.75 for Impaired Driving Countermeasures.

• $342,160.57 to support Occupant Protection based on identified problems.

• $257,976.67 in Traffic Safety Information Systems grants.

• $29,608.11 to Support Motorcyclist Safety based on identified problems.