New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that over twenty-eight million dollars in federal highway safety grants have been awarded to programs throughout the state.
The programs’ goal is to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries from motor vehicle crashes.
“This funding will strengthen our highway safety programs by providing resources for training, education and enforcement initiatives to benefit communities across New York,” Governor Cuomo said.
“By helping New Yorkers mitigate dangerous and reckless behavior behind the wheel, these programs will help improve highway safety, prevent avoidable tragedies and save lives,” added Cuomo.
The fund will be going to three areas of highway safety.
Police Traffic Service: Initiatives by law enforcement agencies to target dangerous driver behaviors. This includes participation in the national Click It or Ticket seat belt mobilization and other enforcement initiatives aimed at preventing speeding and aggressive driving.
Child Passenger Safety: Child passenger safety education, car seat checks, the distribution of seats, and setting up child seat fitting stations.
Highway Safety Grants: State, local and not-for-profit programs that cover additional traffic safety efforts that include education initiatives, drunk and drugged driving enforcement, traffic records improvements, training, crash reconstruction and railroad crossing safety.
Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties are all receiving thousands of dollars from the new funding, you can see where the funding was awarded to by clicking here.