Rhode Island Receives Over $1.47 Million for Highway Safety

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI) and David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today announced that Rhode Island will receive over $1.47 million to help protect drivers on the state’s roadways.  These funds were awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to support the state’s highway safety and data programs. 

In 2012, Langevin and Cicilline urged Speaker Boehner to take up the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act to fund surface transportation projects, make various changes to the highway safety grant programs administered by NHTSA, and provide $1.3 billion for highway safety grant programs.  The House approved the legislation and President Obama signed it into law on July 6, 2012.  

“Public safety is one of the core responsibilities of government, and these funds will help preserve the well-being of motorists and passengers in Rhode Island,” said Langevin. “Not only will this allocation improve traffic safety for all Rhode Islanders, but it will also support programs that aim to prevent avoidable accidents caused by impaired or irresponsible driving.”

“I am very pleased Rhode Island received these critical funds to help keep drivers and their passengers safe,” said Cicilline, who strongly advocated for MAP-21.  “Rhode Island’s highways are a key asset to our economic competitiveness and strengthening the safety of our infrastructure system will not only make our roadways safer, but also help businesses.”

The Rhode Island Division of Highway Traffic Safety received:

$789,086 to reduce traffic safety problems resulting from impaired driving, including driving under the influence of alcohol.

$353,546 to support driver and passenger safety programs that reduce the incidence of highway deaths or injuries of individuals unrestrained or improperly restrained.

$310,261 to improve the timeliness, accuracy, completeness, uniformity, integration, and accessibility of traffic data.

$24,893 to support motorcyclist safety training and awareness programs.

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