(Washington D.C.) - Iowa Democratic Senator, Tom Harkin, announced on Friday that the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been awarded $3,098,843 for the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau to support highway safety programs.
“The well-being of Iowans, as well as our out-of-state guests, rests largely on the safety of our highways,” said Harkin. “Keeping our highway infrastructure programs well-equipped and accurate is crucial to the safety of drivers on our roads. These grants will help educate Iowans about proper highway safety, and work toward achieving a safer, more efficient Iowa.”
The almost $3.1 million dollars received is from four different grants. The DOT was awarded $2,035,210 to support ignition interlock, which is a program in which participants must blow into a breathalyzer-like mechanism to start their vehicle if they have had a drunk driving conviction, $63,205 to support motorcycle safety, $455,242 to encourage states to adopt and implement effective programs to reduce highway deaths and injuries resulting from individuals riding unrestrained or improperly restrained in motor vehicles, and $545,186 to support passenger safety.
Harkin Press Office
June 30, 2013