WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a combined $581,337 in federal grant money to the Maine Department of Transportation for traffic and child safety initiatives, according to U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins.
Specifically, the senators said the funding would be distributed as follows:
ä $500,000 funded through the State Traffic Safety Information System Improvement Grant to improve the timeliness, accuracy, completeness, uniformity, integration, and accessibility of safety data systems.
ä $81,337 funded through the Child Safety and Child Booster Seats Incentive Grants to be used to purchase and distribute child restraints to low income families, the enforcement of child restraint laws, the training on use of child restraints, and educating the public concerning the proper use and installation of child restraints.
“This funding will not only improve vital safety data services in the state, but also provide Maine’s low income families with the resources they require to ensure the safety of our children while they travel on the road,” the senators said in a joint press release.