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Puerto Rico nets $2.25M to improve traffic safety

July 5, 2013

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is receiving $2.25 million in federal funds to improve traffic safety.

Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi said Friday that nearly $1.5 million will go toward reducing the U.S. territory’s high rate of drunk-driving accidents.

Puerto Rico once topped any U.S. state, with an alcohol-related traffic death rate with 1.38 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2001.

Pierluisi said the remaining funds will be used in part to provide safety training to motorcycle drivers and enforce seatbelt laws.

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