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Rhode Island has been awarded nearly $341,000 for traffic and vehicle safety programs.

The state's congressional delegation announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the funding to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

The federal grant funds can be used to improve prevention efforts in traffic safety priority areas such as seat belt use, impaired driving, motorcycle safety and educating young drivers.

U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Reps. Jim Langevin and David Cicilline say the funds will support critical traffic safety programs and make roads safer.

RIDOT Director Michael Lewis says traffic safety campaigns help reduce fatalities and serious injuries on the road.




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