- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island congressmen say the state is receiving almost $1.5 million in federal grants to improve highway safety.

Reps. Jim Langevin and David Cicilline say the grant money has been awarded through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The grants to the Rhode Island Division of Highway Traffic Safety include more than $789,000 to try to reduce impaired driving, including drunken driving.

The state agency also is receiving nearly $354,000 for programs to improve use of proper safety restraints by drivers and their passengers.

More than $310,000 is going to improve data on traffic safety, and almost $25,000 for motorcycle safety programs.

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