The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded more than $1.7 million to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

The funding will be used to implement systems to promote, track and enforce seat belt and child seat safety, ignition interlock and motorcyclist safety programs.

“Transportation is vital to our state’s economy, but nothing is more important in transportation policy than safeguarding our loved ones from accidents.  Nothing is more important than putting an end to preventable and senseless roadway incidents,” said Senator Menendez.

He pointed out with these federal funds the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety will be able to aggressively enforce seat belt safety programs, strengthen our motorcycle safety efforts, and help keep drunk drivers off of our roads.

“Each of these grants will help improve our transportation system,” and above all help keep New Jerseyans safe," said Menendez.