FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|CONTACT:||Buel C. Young||MVA External Affairs|
MARYLAND OFFERS GRANTS TO STATE AND LOCAL GROUPS FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY
Eligible agencies may begin applying on January 7, 2015
GLEN BURNIE, MD (January 5, 2015) - On January 7, 2015, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration’s Highway Safety Office (MHSO) will begin taking grant applications for traffic safety projects to occur in FFY 2016. The MHSO is responsible for administering grant funded programs that address priority areas such as impaired driving prevention, occupant protection, aggressive driving prevention, distracted driving prevention, and the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, younger drivers and older drivers. Grants will also be awarded to projects that are focused on improving Maryland’s traffic records systems and record-keeping, and other projects that enhance the safety of Maryland’s motoring public.
“Traffic crashes are one of the leading causes of death throughout a person’s life,” began MVA Administrator and Governor’s Highway Safety Representative, Milt Chaffee. “Our goal is to fund projects that help us reach our goal of zero traffic-related deaths on Maryland’s roadways.”
Each year since 2009, an average of 502 people have been killed in traffic crashes on Maryland’s roads, and nearly 45,000 people have been injured. In total there have been more than 92,000 crashes each year and state officials have set a goal of eliminating these needless and preventable tragedies.
“We cannot achieve our goal without the help of partners throughout Maryland,” stated Tom Gianni, Chief of the Maryland Highway Safety Office. “Our highway safety grant funding opens the door for some truly effective and innovative programs and funding is available to a wide variety of institutions to help us make our roadways as safe as possible.”
State and local government agencies, law enforcement agencies, institutions of higher education, hospitals, associations and other non-profit and not-for profit groups are encouraged to develop projects that address the “four Es of highway safety” – education, enforcement, engineering, and emergency medical services. Funding is provided on a competitive basis to projects that are data driven, and to those that implement proven countermeasures with goals of eliminating motor vehicle crashes and the associated injuries and fatalities.
There are two types of projects available, one specifically for law enforcement agencies and a general application. New projects must be statewide in nature and specifically correlate to a priority highway safety program area or another identified area such as traffic records. “Pilot” projects are permitted provided that the project demonstrates a potential for expansion throughout the state.
Applications are due by February 27, 2015. The grant funding year begins on October 1, 2015 and runs through September 30, 2016.
For more information, please go to http://www.mva.maryland.gov/safety/mhso/highway-safety-grants.htm or contact Ms. Joyce Kregelka, the MHSO’s Office Manager, at 410-787-4050 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.