Governor Cuomo this week announced $28.3 million has been awarded to 550 programs throughout New York State through federal grants to improve overall highway safety and reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries resulting 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.”
The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee is distributing the funding in the form of grants to state, local and not-for-profit agencies to support specific types of driver safety initiatives:
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, trainings, crash reconstruction and railroad crossing safety.