Virginia invests in driver safety

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced Virginia received $1.9 million in federal funding that will be invested in increasing safety for the state’s motorists.

The main focus will be on commercial motor vehicles which were involved in 5000 crashes and 100 fatalities last year.

$1 million will go towards the Department of Motor Vehicles to enhance crash data analysis as well as improving and increasing the reporting of data.

This will help identify trends, problems, and help target spending.

Other funding will go to high risk areas of Chesterfield County and Virginia Tech who will begin driver education programs at high schools around the state and sessions in partnership with the AARP.

The money to fund these programs comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s High Priority Grant program.

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