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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards over $4 Million in Road Safety Grant Funding

For immediate release:
9/21/2020
  • Office of Grants and Research

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Kevin Stanton, Executive Director

Boston —  

Today, Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, and Secretary Thomas Turco of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) announced awards of more than $4 million in federal grant funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These funds will be distributed to several Massachusetts law enforcement agencies to reduce vehicle crashes, injuries, losses of life, and the resulting economic costs. 

“These awards reinforce the Administration’s continued commitment to increasing the safety for all road users in Massachusetts,” said Governor Baker. “The grants will support increased traffic enforcement, training, equipment, and other efforts designed to protect motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists on our streets and highways.” 

“This significant release of funds to a wide variety of state agency partners will enhance traffic safety and focus on dangerous behaviors such as speeding, driving while distracted or impaired, and not using seat belts,” said Lt. Governor Polito. Under EOPSS, the Office of Grants and Research (OGR) serves as the State Administering Agency for funding received from the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and the source funds of these grant awards, NHTSA. “These awards will provide the additional financial resources and tools needed for our law enforcement partners to further reduce injuries and fatalities on our roads,” said Secretary Turco

In addition to ongoing law enforcement programs geared toward identifying and suppressing impaired and distracted driving, the grants will also focus on raising awareness through young driver education, law enforcement training, regulatory actions, and criminal justice strategies. “Striving to keep everyone safe on the Commonwealth’s roads is always one of our highest priorities,” said OGR Executive Director Kevin Stanton. “Supporting enforcement efforts, along with focused education and training, will have a tremendous positive impact, statewide.” 

The agencies receiving an award from OGR are as follows:

Agency Projects Award
Massachusetts State Police Sobriety Checkpoints, Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training, Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP), Click It or Ticket, Distracted Driving Enforcement, Speed Enforcement, Law Enforcement Liaison, Young Driver Education, and Breath Test Operator Training $2,794,841
MA Trial Court Judicial Education Relating to Highway Safety Strategies $18,135
Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission Underage Drinking Compliance Checks, Prevent the Sale of Alcohol to Intoxicated Persons $195,000
Municipal Police Training Committee Drug Evaluation and Classification Training, Standardized Field Sobriety Test Training, and Crash Reconstruction and Speed Measurement Training $775,000
MA Registry of Motor Vehicles Fatality Analysis Reporting System Cooperative Agreement $82,000
MA District Attorney's Association Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor $181,547
TOTAL   $4,046,523

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards over $4 Million in Road Safety Grant Funding

Office of Grants and Research 

The Office of Grants and Research oversees the distribution and administration of grants, and conducts research, related to criminal justice, anti-drug and violence prevention education, law enforcement and traffic safety. The Office is divided into four divisions: Justice and Prevention, Highway Safety, Homeland Security and Research and Policy Analysis, which maintains the Massachusetts Statistical Analysis Center.
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