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Local Police Departments to Receive Federal Highway Safety Grants

Governor Larry Hogan announced that local police departments would be among the 90, or so, agencies and organizations across the state receiving a portion of the $12 million in federal highway safety funds earmarked for reducing crashes and related injuries and deaths.

The Montgomery County Police Department would receive $228,500 of the funds; the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will receive $7,500, and the Gaithersburg Police Department will receive $25,000.

According to MCPD spokesman Rick Goodale, the funding is grant money which the department receives every year and is used to support federal highway initiatives on focused enforcement for the "Click It or Ticket" seatbelt campaign, impaired driving campaigns, PED safety campaigns, and aggressive driving enforcement campaigns within the County.

The largest chunk of the funding will be going to the Maryland State Police. The MSP will receive $796,110 for statewide enforcement, while the MSP’s S