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N.H. gets $1.4 million in federal highway grants

New Hampshire is getting $1.4 million in federal grants to reduce drunken driving, increase seat belt use and improve motorcycle safety.

The money, administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is from three grants that will help improve safety throughout the state. Rep. Annie Kuster’s office announced the grants, which are awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation, on Tuesday.

“This funding will help the New Hampshire Highway Safety Agency continue its essential work of keeping our drivers safe and our roads secure,” Kuster said.

Peter Thomson, coordinator of the state’s Highway Safety Agency, said $1.1 million would be spent on preventing drunken driving. That includes purchasing Breathalyzers and establishing sobriety checkpoints.

Some of the money will be used to fund the state’s seat belt education program.

The remaining grant money will cover motorcycle safety programs.

The Associated Press

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