Press Release - 12-13-2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 13, 2021
GTSC ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $35.9 MILLION TO IMPROVE HIGHWAY SAFETY
Grants Support Police Traffic Services, Child Passenger Safety and Highway Safety Initiatives
Federal Funding Secured for More Than 500 Traffic Safety Initiatives
The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) announced today that more than $35.9 million in federal highway safety grants have been awarded to 519 programs throughout New York State. The purpose of this grant program is to provide funds to local, state, and not-for-profit agencies for projects that improve highway safety and reduce deaths and serious injuries due to crashes.
The types of efforts funded include occupant protection; traffic enforcement; motorcycle safety; traffic records; community programs; programs that impact our younger drivers or older drivers; pedestrian safety; roadway safety and impaired driving.
“New York works tirelessly to improve the safety of motorists, passengers, and pedestrians, and we proudly support these critical programs,” said Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner and GTSC Chair Mark J.F. Schroeder. “The funding supports innovative educational and enforcement initiatives that help improve the safety of all those using our roadways.”
This year, $35.9 million was awarded to 519 projects that focused on three types of driver safety initiatives:
$31.2 Million for Highway Safety Grants
Provided to state, local and not-for-profit programs that cover a variety of traffic safety efforts including education initiatives, traffic records improvements, training, crash reconstruction, and railroad crossing safety. In addition, the programs cover distracted driving, slow-moving vehicles, and drowsy and impaired driving. These initiatives focus on protecting child passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, wheel-sport athletes, motorcyclists, teens and older drivers.
$2.5 Million for Police Traffic Services
Supports initiatives by law enforcement agencies to conduct traffic enforcement campaigns based on crash data. This includes participation in the national Click It or Ticket seat belt mobilization and other enforcement initiatives to target unsafe speed, aggressive and distracted driving, and to enforce seat belt and child safety restraint laws.
$2.2 Million for Child Passenger Safety
Supports child passenger safety education, training for child passenger safety technicians, conducting car seat checks statewide, operating a car seat distribution program for low-income families, and establishing permanent child safety seat fitting stations.
A regional breakdown of the grant funding is below:
These grants fund successful programs such as the Click It or Ticket enforcement campaigns. According to the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College, New York’s seat belt compliance rate has consistently remained at or above 90 percent since 2010. In a 2021 survey, drivers and front-seat passengers were observed wearing seatbelts 93 percent of the time, the second-highest level in state history. The latest national average for seatbelt compliance is 90.3 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The funding, which is provided by the NHTSA, is administered by the GTSC. Learn more about the GTSC grant program here.
About the GTSC
The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee is comprised of 12-member agencies. The Committee supports and promotes the state's highway safety program to provide for the safe transportation of people and goods on New York's roadways. It also coordinates various traffic safety activities throughout the year, across the state, and serves as the state's official liaison with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.