Maine will receive more than $580,000 from federal grants to improve its highway safety data systems and to distribute child restraint devices to low-income families, the state’s two senators announced Friday.

Sens. Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, said the grants are being awarded to the Maine Department of Transportation from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grants total $581,337.

Most of the money – $500,000 – will go into the state’s safety information system, to improve the timeliness, accuracy, completeness, uniformity, integration and accessibility of data on traffic safety, the statement from Snowe and Collins said.

The rest of the money will be used to buy and distribute child restraints, such as booster seats, to low-income families. The grant will also be used to step up enforcement of laws requiring the use of child restraints and training on the use and installation of child restraints.


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