Alcohol Traffic Safety and Drunk Driving Prevention Incentive Grants

To encourage States to adopt effective programs to reduce crashes resulting from persons driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.601
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Types of Assistance
PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions
Incentive grant funds are available to States to implement effective programs to reduce drunk and drugged driving, in compliance with established criteria.
Authorization
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2004, Section 2007, Public Law 109-59, 23 U.S.C 410.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. States are provided with two alternative means to qualify for a Section 410 grant. Under the first alternative, States may qualify as a low fatality rate State if they have an alcohol-related fatality rate of 0.5 or less per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Under the second alternative, States may qualify as a programmatic State if they demonstrate that they meet three of eight grant criteria for fiscal year 2006, four of eight grant criteria for fiscal year 2007, and five of eight grant criteria for fiscal years 2008, 2009 And for the remainder of the current authorization. Qualifying under both alternatives would not entitle the State to receive additional grant funds. SAFETEA-LU directs that States with low alcohol-related fatality rates, based on the agency's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), be awarded grants without the need to satisfy any of these programmatic criteria. There is also an additional Section 410 grant available to assist the 10 States with the highest impaired driving related fatalities as determined by the most recent FARS data. A High fatallty rate State may also apply as a programmatic State.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State Highway Safety Agency.
Credentials/Documentation
State submits certification and application that it meets eligibility requirements; after being informed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it is eligible for a grant, the State describes the programs it will implement and fund in the Annual Highway Safety Plan. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. High Fatality Rate States only must submit a plan for grant expenditures with the application.
Award Procedure
The State submits information that reflects its eligibility for the award based on the criteria for which it is applying. NHTSA staff review the information to determine the eligibility of the State. If the State is deemed eligible to receive an award, it will be notified by the Region and will also receive an official letter of award from the NHTSA Administrator. The release of grant funds shall be subject to the availability of funds for that fiscal year.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 30 to 60 days. Applicant received a response, from the agency, between 30 to 60 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Stateswere eligible for up to 4 years under the 410 program or until the end of the current authorization. Certification and plan had to be approved each year.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 23 CFR, Chapter 4, Part 1313.
Matching Requirements: The first and second year of the grant the States provided a 25% match. For the third and fourth year the States provided a 50% match and for the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth year the States provided a 75% match.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Federal share was reimbursed on claims submitted in vouchers covering costs incurred. All participants were converted to the Electronic Transfer of Funds method. Funds placed in obligation are available until expended. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Post Assistance Requirements
Reports
Annual program plan for next year's funding. No cash reports are required. A progress report on the prior year's program and accomplishments is required in the application. for high fatality rate States only. All other States must report in their Annual Highway Safety Report. No expenditure reports are required. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Audits
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records
Records relating to the program shall be retained for a period not less than 3 years from the date of submission of final financial report.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: States continue to spend remaining funds on impaired driving prevention programs. Fiscal Year 2015: States used these grant funds to implement programs designed to collect a significant portion of fines/surcharges collected from individuals who are fined for driving while under the influence of alcohol are returned to communities so that comprehensive self-sustaining impaired driving prevention programs can be created and maintained; developed an administrative driver’s license suspension or revocation program; effective alcohol rehabilitation program for repeat offenders; and developed a strategy to prevent drivers under 21 from obtaining alcoholic beverages and preventing others from making these beverages available to individuals under 21. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-8020-0-7-401.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0 - No new funds authorized.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$972,388 to $17,973,219.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
23 CFR Chapter 4 Part 1313.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regional office addresses.
Headquarters Office
Mary D. Gunnels, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., NTI-200, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: maggi.gunnels@dot.gov Phone: (202) 366-2121.
Website Address
http://www.nhtsa.gov/Impaired
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: States continued to conduct sobriety checkpoints, and high visibility enforcement of impaired driving laws. Fiscal Year 2015: States continue to conduct sobriety checkpoints, and high visibility enforcement of impaired driving laws. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
States must meet a certain number of criteria established by statute and regulation each year including, for example, prompt license suspension for drunk driving, mandatory sentencing for repeat drunk driving offenders and self-sustaining drunk driving prevention programs, improvement in Blood Alcohol Content (BAC ) testing rates, an increase in the number of DWI courts and improvements in statewide high visibility enforcement coverage.
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