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Hogan Administration Announces $12 Million in Highway Safety Grants

State Pursuing Aggressive Plan to Reduce Roadway Fatalities and Injuries

Glen Burnie, MD  – As part of ongoing efforts to prevent traffic crashes and save lives on Maryland roads, Governor Larry Hogan today announced that $12 million in federal highway safety funds will be granted to approximately 90 agencies and organizations across the state with the goal of reducing crashes and related injuries and deaths.

“The safety of our citizens and visitors is a responsibility we take extremely seriously, and our administration will continue to make investments to make our roadways safer,” said Governor Hogan. “This funding continues our commitment to address traffic safety challenges and get unsafe, impaired, and distracted drivers off the road.”

In 2017, there were 557 deaths as a result of traffic crashes in Maryland. The funds distributed through the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s Highway Safety Office will help fund the following traffic-safety efforts:

  • Increasing the use of seat belts in all seating positions;
  • Preventing impaired, aggressive, and distracted driving;
  • Increasing the safety of pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists;
  • Promoting the correct use of child passenger safety seats;
  • Funding overtime enforcement of Maryland’s traffic laws;
  • Supporting police training for highway safety and traffic enforcement; and
  • Increasing capability and efficiency of Maryland’s traffic data systems.

Maryland’s five-yearStrategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) guides the funding of traffic safety-related projects and will be used by state and local agencies and non-profit groups to address the strategies set forth in the plan for meeting the Toward Zero Deaths goal of cutting the number of deaths on Maryland roads in half by 2030. The state is also working with various Maryland jurisdictions to develop local SHSPs that address community-specific traffic issues and complement the broader plan.

“The only acceptable goal is to reduce the number of traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities to zero,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.

Secretary Rahn also recently announced MDOT’s Traffic Safety Pledge which encourages Maryland drivers to pledge to: always wear their seatbelt; have a safe and sober ride; park the phone before driving; use crosswalks and be seen while walking or biking; look for pedestrians and motorcyclists and give bicyclists three feet of clearance; wear proper protective gear while riding a motorcycle; and give themselves time. Speed is a factor in many crashes and greatly increases the severity. Take the pledge now at:

The federal grant awards can only be used for traffic safety activities and are allocated based on crash data for each county and/or organization that applied for funding. Funds can only be spent during Federal Fiscal Year 2019 (October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019). A breakdown of the amounts granted across the state:


Total Grant Amount

Aberdeen Police Department


Allegany County Sheriff’s Office


Americans for Older Driver Safety


Annapolis Police Department


Anne Arundel County Police Department


Baltimore City Police Department


Baltimore County Health Department


Baltimore County Police Department


Baltimore Metropolitan Council


Bel Air Police Department


Berlin Police Department


Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse


Calvert County Sheriff’s Office


Cambridge Police Department


Caroline County Sheriff’s Office


Carroll County Sheriff’s Office


Cecil County Sheriff’s Office


Charles County Sheriff’s Office


Chesapeake Regional Safety Council


Cheverly Police Department


City of Bowie Police Department


City of Hyattsville Police Department


Cumberland Police Department


Denton Police Department


Easton Police Department


Elkton Police Department


Frederick Bicycle Coalition


Frederick County Sheriff’s Office


Frederick Police Department


Frostburg State University Police Department


Fruitland Police Department


Gaithersburg Police Department


Garrett County Commissioners Office


Governor’s Highway Safety Association


Greenbelt Police Department


Hagerstown Police Department


Hampstead Police Department


Hancock Police Department


Harford County Sheriff’s Office


Havre de Grace Police Department


Howard Co Police Department


Kent County Sheriff’s Office


La Plata Police Department


Laurel Police Department


Maryland Chiefs of Police Association


Maryland Department of Health


Maryland Institute College of Art


Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems


Maryland Judiciary – DUI Courts


Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration


Maryland Municipal League


Maryland Sheriff’s Association


Maryland State Police – Drug Recognition Expert Program


Maryland State Police – mobile Breath Testing Vehicle


Maryland State Police – SPIDRE DUI Team


Maryland State Police – Statewide Enforcement


Maryland State’s Attorneys Association


Maryland Transportation Authority Police


Montgomery County Police Department


Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office


Morgan State University


Mt. Airy Police Department


Ocean City Police Department


Ocean Pines Police Department


Partners In Care


Pocomoke City Police Department


Prince George's Co Police Department


Prince George's County Police Department


Princess Anne Police Department


Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office


Riverdale Park Police Department


Rockville Police Department


Salisbury Police Department


Somerset County Sheriff’s Office


St. Mary's County DUI Court


St. Mary's County Sheriff’s Office


Statewide Traffic Safety Initiatives


Sykesville Freedom Police Department


Sykesville Police Department


Talbot County Sheriff’s Office


Taneytown Police Department


University of Baltimore Police Department


University of Maryland College Park Police Department


University of Maryland National Studies Center


Washington College


Washington Council of Governments


Washington County Sheriff’s Office


Washington Regional Alcohol Program


Westminster Police Department


Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office


Worcester County Health Department


Worcester County Sheriff’s Office


Wor-Wic Community College