Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito, alongside EOPSS Secretary Thomas Turco, today announced $3.2 million in grant funding that will be awarded to 161 police departments throughout the Commonwealth.
The funds will be used by local police departments’ Municipal Road Safety Programs and put towards traffic enforcement campaigns such as Drive Sober, Click it or Ticket, and Distracted Driving. The goal of these campaigns is to reduce vehicle crashes, injuries, losses of life, as well as reduce any resulting economic costs from these incidents.
“The grant funding awarded through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is essential in helping our local police departments keep our roads safe,” Said Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury), Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. “Our road safety programs are effective in reducing vehicle related incidents and providing these campaigns additional resources helps to ensure the protection of residents every time they step into their car.”
Representative Paul K. Frost (R-Auburn) said, “I appreciate the Baker-Polito Administration for awarding these federal public safety grants to communities in my district. These grants will help our communities and local police departments carry out their daily mission to serve and protect.”
“This is a valuable investment in our community and it is great to see so many communities in Central Massachusetts receiving these funds,” said Representative David LeBoeuf (D-Leicester). “It is great to see that our local police departments are receiving this tool to make sure all pedestrians and motorists are safe”
“I was happy to see that the Grafton Police Department was a recipient of the grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,” said Representative Muradian (R-Grafton). “This funding will help our officers enforce road safety programs and reduce vehicle crashes on our local roadways.”
“I am thrilled to see this funding awarded to Shrewsbury and know it will make a difference in keeping our community safe by supporting our law enforcement and important road safety campaigns,” remarked Representative Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury). “I thank the Baker-Polito Administration for investing these funds in Shrewsbury and for prioritizing road safety in general.”
The towns in the Second Worcester District to be awarded grant funding through the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission are as follows.
• Auburn: $19,814
• Millbury: $15,890
• Shrewsbury: $24,957
• Grafton: $19,984
• Leicester: $12,000
• Worcester: $40,000