More than $13 Million in Grants Announced in Maryland

Sept. 13, 2022
Over 90 agencies and organizations will see funding

On September 12, Maryland's Governor Larry Hogan announced more than $13 million in federal and state highway safety grants as part of a statewide focus to prevent motor vehicle crashes and eliminate roadway fatalities, according to a press release.

The state funds were disbursed at the start of the fiscal year, and the federal funds will be distributed October 1 by the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office. In all, more than 90 organizations, agencies, and programs will receive funds.

“Since the beginning of our administration, we have worked to ensure safety on our highways through innovative projects and partnerships,” said Governor Hogan. “These grants will continue to help reduce crashes and fatalities all across the state and ensure highway safety remains a top priority.”

In 2021, Maryland saw 562 traffic deaths, which includes 131 pedestrian deaths and six bicyclist deaths. 

While that number is a decrease compared to 2020 when the state had 573 fatalities, including 138 pedestrians and 15 bicyclists, police reports continue to show speed, impairment, and inadequate or improper seat belt use as the most common contributing factors in motor vehicle fatalities.

The highway safety funds announced today will be used for initiatives to:

  • Increase the use of seat belts in all seats.
  • Prevent impaired, aggressive, and distracted driving.
  • Increase safety for pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists.
  • Promote the correct use of child passenger safety seats.
  • Support police training for highway safety and traffic enforcement.
  • Fund overtime enforcement of Maryland’s traffic laws.
  • Increase the efficiency and capability of Maryland’s traffic data systems.

“To eliminate crashes and fatalities in Maryland, we need to work together as partners at the local, state, and federal levels to maintain a safe and reliable highway system and reinforce good driving behaviors,” said MDOT Secretary James F. Ports. “These grants affirm the commitment of MDOT and the Hogan administration to invest in critical transportation projects and initiatives that benefit residents, visitors, and businesses across Maryland.”

Maryland's Vision Zero initiative was enacted in 2019, aiming to have zero deaths on the roadways by 2030. Vision Zero serves as a blueprint in development and implementation for Maryland's 2021-2025 Strategic Highway Safety Plan, a comprehensive approach to reduce the fatalities on the Maryland roadways.

The state funds awarded this year can be used for traffic safety initiatives and are allocated based on crash data for each county or organization.

For a full list of funds, click here.



Sponsored Recommendations

The Science Behind Sustainable Concrete Sealing Solutions

Extend the lifespan and durability of any concrete. PoreShield is a USDA BioPreferred product and is approved for residential, commercial, and industrial use. It works great above...

Powerful Concrete Protection For ANY Application

PoreShield protects concrete surfaces from water, deicing salts, oil and grease stains, and weather extremes. It's just as effective on major interstates as it is on backyard ...

Concrete Protection That’s Easy on the Environment and Tough to Beat

PoreShield's concrete penetration capabilities go just as deep as our American roots. PoreShield is a plant-based, eco-friendly alternative to solvent-based concrete sealers.

Proven Concrete Protection That’s Safe & Sustainable

Real-life DOT field tests and university researchers have found that PoreShieldTM lasts for 10+ years and extends the life of concrete.