NEMO grant available for road safety

Damaged car in Missouri exemplifies the staggering increase in crashed and fatalities in the...
Damaged car in Missouri exemplifies the staggering increase in crashed and fatalities in the state in 2021.(WGEM)
Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 6:30 PM CST
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PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) - There’s money available to help local agencies cut down on deadly crashes on Missouri roads. The grants are available through the Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety.

Reimbursement grants can go toward things like training hospitals how to properly install a car seat, implement driver’s education in schools, or provide safety equipment for police departments among other things.

“The formula is based on how many fatalities you have in your district and your state and its kind of sad but the more fatalities you have the more money you get,” said Palmyra Police Chief Eddie Bogue. “So you know that’s kind of where we’re at right now...but we don’t want that...we’re saying we don’t want the money but less fatalities.”

Bogue said distracted driving is a culprit, as is speeding which he says has become worse during the pandemic and he cannot figure out why.

To apply, send an email request to marisa.ellison@modot.mo.gov and include in this request the following:

Specific equipment : it’s best to provide us a screen shot/email with a quote Specific dollar amount Specific number/amount of equipment (1 or 2 or 3, etc.) Justification on how this equipment directly correlates with efforts to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes. Radar guns and PBTs are acceptable (among other items); however, body cams and other equipment not associated with reducing crashes will not be authorized. If you’re not sure, please ask!

Specific programs: If you have a program or educational items that can assist in the mission, please include in your email details about the program, how it will impact lives/potentially save lives, how much you are requesting and associate those costs with items (labor, educational items, literature, etc.)

Overall, approved requests will support focus areas of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Show-Me Zero: seat belts, distracted driving, speed, impairment, teen drivers, older drivers, or pedestrians.

This grant funding is available until it is all awarded or until May 2022 which is toward the end of the state fiscal year (June 30).

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