FRAMINGHAM, MA -- Today, as part of $10.9 Million in federal grant funds slated for Massachusetts to improve road safety, the Framingham Police Department was awarded $61,918.00 for its Municipal Road Safety Program.
Framingham Police submitted plans for improved traffic safety training, equipment, and enforcement in a competitive grant process and was one of only 186 municipal and MA state agencies to be awarded grant monies.
The grants were announced by MA Governor Charlie Baker in conjunction with the MA Office of Grants and Research.
In a press release, Governor Charlie Baker said, "From the time we took office, our administration has prioritized the safety of all residents and visitors who share the use of the Commonwealth’s roads,” and added, “Through investments like the ones we are announcing today, we are continuing to work with local partners to strengthen safety for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and communities.”
Other Framingham area police departments receiving grant monies for their Municipal Road Safety Programs included: Natick Police ($34,931.60), Marlborough Police($60,205.00), Wayland Police ($21,820.00), Southborough Police ($19,998.74), Sherborn Police ($18,932.72) and Wellesley Police ($15,799.00).
In addition to monies for road safety programs awarded to cities' and towns' police departments, a large percentage of the $10.9 Million in grant funding was awarded to statewide agencies including: MA State Police ($3,398,021.38) for Sobriety Checkpoints, Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Training, Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP), Occupant Protection Enforcement and Education, Distracted Driving Enforcement, Speed Enforcement, Law Enforcement Liaison, Young Driver Education, and Breath Test Operator Training, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Registry of Motor Vehicles-Merit Rating Board ($550,000.00) for Accessible Citation Data; the Massachusetts District Attorney's Association ($196,797.00) to fund Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors, and the Massachusetts Trial Court ($18,135.00) for Judicial Education Relating to Highway Safety Strategies.
“The Office of Grants and Research is committed to working closely with our partners across the state to ensure safety on our roads and in our communities. This funding will support data-driven efforts to address threats to roadway safety in communities across the Commonwealth,” said Kevin Stanton, Executive Director of the Office of Grants and Research.
Source: MA Governor's office press release