Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the Maine State Police will receive $1,011,074 to improve Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) safety and training. This funding was awarded through the Department of Transportation’s fiscal year 2018 High Priority Grant Program.
“The dedicated men and women of the Maine State Police work tirelessly to protect our communities,” said Senator Collins. “This important investment will provide the financial assistance necessary for these hardworking members of law enforcement to continue their efforts to improve the safety of large trucks and busses on our roadways.”
The High Priority grant program provides financial assistance to carry out activities and projects that augment motor carrier safety which include: supporting participation in performance and registration information systems management; conducting safety data improvement projects; increasing public awareness and education on commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety; targeting unsafe driving of CMV and Non-CMV in areas identified as high risk crash corridors; improving the safe and secure movement of hazardous materials; improving safe transportation of goods and persons in foreign commerce; demonstrating new technologies to improve CMV safety; and otherwise improving CMV safety and compliance with CMV safety regulations.
Established nearly 100 years ago, the Maine State Police is the state's largest police agency with an authorized complement of 341 sworn personnel, ranging from trooper to colonel.