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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

Associated Press: NH gets $1.4M in federal highway grants

Jul 3, 2013
In The News

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is getting $1.4 million in federal grants to reduce drunken driving, increase seatbelt use and improve motorcycle safety.

The money, administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is from three grants that will help improve safety throughout the state. Rep. Annie Kuster's office announced the grants , which are awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation, on Tuesday.

"This funding will help the New Hampshire Highway Safety Agency continue its essential work of keeping our drivers safe and our roads secure," Kuster said.

Peter Thomson, coordinator of the state's Highway Safety Agency, says $1.1 million would be spent on preventing drunken driving. That includes purchasing Breathalyzers and establishing sobriety checkpoints.

Some of the money will be used to fund the state's seat belt education program.

The remaining grant money will cover motorcycle safety programs.

"Thousands of people will be coming up to our state this week for the Fourth of July. We want to make sure that they're having fun and being safe as they drive on the highways," Thomson said.