Federal grants benefit local police, fire and non-profits targeting highway safety | Local News

BATAVIA — Police, fire departments and non-profits in the GLOW region received 21 grants as part of a $37.2 million federal traffic and child passenger safety initiative.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the grants Friday.

In all, 502 programs in the state received money that will help improve highway safety.

The grants focus on highway safety, child passenger safety and police traffic services.

“The safety of our roadways is critical to communities in every corner of this great state and we’re working to avoid needless tragedies caused by dangerous and reckless driving,” Cuomo said in a news release. “This funding will support critical traffic enforcement, community programs and child passenger safety initiatives that will help protect everyone on the road and make our state’s roadways safer for all.”

Those receiving money locally:

n Batavia City Fire Department: A $3,500 grant for child passenger safety program and an $800 grant for bicycle and pedestrian safety.

n Batavia Police Department: $9,024 for police traffic services.

n Genesee County Sheriff’s Office: $2,000 for child passenger safety and $27,000 for traffic services.

n Avon Village Police: $2,280 for traffic services.

n Cornell Cooperative Extension: $22,500 for child passenger safety and $53,456 for traffic services.

n Genesee Police Department: $10,150 for traffic services.

n Livingston County Sheriff’s Office: $29,025 for traffic services.

n Mount Morris Village Police: $3,127 for traffic services.

n Albion Village Police: $2,000 for child passenger safety and $3,528 for traffic services.

n Orleans County Sheriff’s Office: $1,700 for child passenger safety and $8,032 for traffic services.

n Arcade Village Police: $2,530 for child passenger safety and $2,040 for traffic services.

n Attica Village Police: $3,200 for child passenger safety.

n Perry Village Police: $3,192 for traffic services.

n Wyoming County: $2,800 for child passenger safety.

n Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office: $8,000 for police traffic services.

The child passenger safety programs include training child seat belt and restraint technicians, conducted car seat checks, car seat distribution for low-income families and establishing permanent child safety fitting stations.

Traffic services include special details targeting dangerous driver behavior such as Click It or Ticket and distracted driving.