Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai’i) announced the Hawai’i Department of Transportation will receive more than $1.4 million in grants from the Federal Transit Administration. These grants will provide funding for programs to reduce safety problems from impaired driving, encourage driver and passenger safety for motorists and motorcyclists, and improve traffic information and data systems.
“Improving Hawai’i’s infrastructure is critical to our local economy,” Senator Schatz said. “These funds will help promote transportation safety by combating drunk driving, improving information systems, and implementing safety enhancements for all road users.”
* Impaired Driving Countermeasures Grant for $789,086.49
DOT’s Impaired Driving Countermeasures Grant program provides incentive grants to states that implemented effective programs to reduce traffic safety problems resulting from impaired driving.
* State Traffic Safety Information Systems Grants for $310,261.43
DOT’s State Traffic Safety Information Systems Grant program administers awards to states that are committed to enhancing the timeliness and accuracy of their state safety information, which improves driver awareness and promotes traffic safety. The grants also encourage states to develop safety information systems that are compatible between states and can integrate other national data.
* Occupant Protection Grants for $353,546.79
DOT’s Occupant Protection Grants are intended 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.
* Motorcyclist Safety Grant for $24,893.12
DOT’s Motorcyclist Safety Grants are awarded to states to help them develop and implement effective programs to reduce the number of crashes involving motorcyclists, such as motorcycle ride training courses. The grants enable states to increase motorcycle safety and reduce causalities on the road.
Schatz is a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.