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Harkin Announces Money For Highway Safety
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded a total of $3,098,843 to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau to support highway safety programs.
“The well-being of Iowans, as well as our out-of-state guests, rests largely on the safety of our highways,” said Harkin. “Keeping our highway infrastructure programs well-equipped and accurate is crucial to the safety of drivers on our roads. These grants will help educate Iowans about proper highway safety, and work toward achieving a safer, more efficient Iowa.”
Details of the grants below:
Ignition Interlock Grant - $2,035,210 to support ignition interlock, a program in which participants must blow into a breathalyzer-like mechanism to start their vehicle if they have had a drunk driving conviction.
State Motorcycle Safety Grant - $63,205 to support motorcycle safety.
Occupant Protection Grant - $455,242 to encourage states to adopt and implement effective programs to reduce highway deaths and injuries resulting from individuals riding unrestrained or improperly restrained in motor vehicles.
State Traffic Safety Information Systems Grant - $545,186 to support vehicle passenger safety.