New Jersey to receive $5 Million in grants to combat Drunk Driving
The state of New Jersey will receive millions in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation in an effort to reduce drunk driving and to make safety improvements to New Jersey highways.
The grants were announced by U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez Tuesday. The state will get nearly $5 million in funding from four U.S. Department of Transportation grants.
The funds will help the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety curb drunk driving, prevent distracted driving, ensure child safety while traveling, ensure proper use of seat belts and to help improve its data traffic flow monitoring systems. The funds from the four grants will be distributed as follows:
- $2,960,086 for drunk driving efforts
- $1,260,349 for highway safety programs, including reducing drunk driving and distracted driving, increasing seatbelt use and improving pedestrian safety
- $486,751 to improve traffic flow monitoring systems
- $266,580 to enforce child seatbelt laws
“More than 30,000 people die on our nation’s highways every year and more than a third of these fatalities are from drunk and distracted driving. This critical federal funding will help ensure that our highways are safe for families, commuters and tourists,” said Senator Lautenberg, a member of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds the Department of Transportation. “Traffic deaths on our highways are a tragedy and we will continue to fight for funding that will keep New Jerseyans safe.”
Lautenberg wrote the law that lowered the legal blood-alcohol limit to 0.08 from 0.10 in all 50 states. He also authored the law establishing the national legal drinking age of 21.
“This critical funding will help prevent tragedies on our roads,” said Menendez. “By investing in proven programs that save lives, New Jersey law enforcement will have more tools to crack down on drunk drivers, and help keep children and teens safe on our highways.”