National Priority Safety Programs

 

To encourage States to address national priorities for reducing highway deaths and injuries through occupant protection programs, state traffic safety information system improvements, impaired driving countermeasures, passage of effective laws to reduce distracted driving, implementation of motorcyclist safety programs, and the implementation of graduated driving licensing laws.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.616
Federal Agency/Office
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 2016 States are spending their grant funds in accordance with the regulations published in the Federal Register January 23, 2013 as an Interim Final Rule. 2016 States are spending their grant funds in accordance with the regulations published in the Federal Register January 23, 2013 as an Interim Final Rule.
Fiscal Year 2017 States used these funds in accordance with the established requirements. Enforcement of State's seat belt and child restraint laws, impaired driving laws, motorcycle awareness and training, training in pedestrian and bicycle safety, enforcement of distracted driving laws and improving State data systems to core highway safety databases, which include crash, citation and adjudication, driver, EMS or injury surveillance system, roadway and vehicle databases.
Fiscal Year 2019 States used these funds for programs to increase seat belt and child restraint use, motorcyclist rider training, training for law enforcement on their State's pedestrian and bicyclist riding laws, enforcement of their State's alcohol and drug impaired driving laws, improving data systems in order to obtain more accurate and timely data, enforcing their State's distracted driving laws and participation in the Click It or Ticket national seat belt enforcement mobilization, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national alcohol impaired driving crackdown, Child Passenger Safety Week, Distracted Driving Awareness Week and educational programs for stakeholders and their communities on a variety of traffic safety subjects.
Authorization
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (P.L. 112-141), Title I- Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Improvement Act of 2012, Section 31105, Public Law 112-141
Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST) Act, Part 23 CFR Part 1300, Public Law 114-94
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
With the exception of the Motorcyclist Safety Program, the 50 States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas, and Virgin Islands) are eligible for funding. Under the Motorcyclist Safety Program, the 50 States, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico are eligible for grant awards.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Funding is provided to State Highway Safety agencies.
Credentials/Documentation
A State submits certification and application materials that meet eligibility requirements. After being informed by NHTSA that it is eligible for a grant, the State submits to the agency a plan that describes the programs the State will implement using the funds.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. States submit applications for National Priority Safety Programs with their annual highway safety plan. Both are due July 1 each year.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application materials and applicable certifications, signed by the Governor's Representative for Highway Safety, are due to NHTSA on July 1 of each year.
Award Procedure
Applications are reviewed by subject matter experts to determine if the State meets the specified eligibility requirements. After being informed that the State has been approved for grant award, the State submits to the agency a plan that describes the programs the State will implement using the funds. NHTSA notifies the Governor in a letter that the State has met the requirements for a Section 405 grant award. The letter also describes the amount of the grant award. Federal share is reimbursed on claims submitted in vouchers covering costs incurred. All participants have converted to the Electronic Transfer of Funds method.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
MAP-21 authorizes the National Priority Safety Programs for FY 2014 & FY 2015. The FAST Act became effective with FY 2017.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria outlined in statute and regulation and vary for each program. (a) Occupant Protection: meet requirements for a high or low seat belt use categories. (b) State Traffic Safety Information System Improvements: have traffic records coordinating committee that meet 3 times a year; designated TRCC coordinator; an approved State traffic records strategic plan; certify that assessment was done in preceding 5 years; and demonstrate quantitative measureable progress to program attribute of accuracy, completeness, timeliness, uniformity, accessibility or integration. (c) Impaired Driving Countermeasures: meet requirements for low-range state, mid-range state, or high-range state; State can also receive funding for adoption and enforcement a mandatory alcohol-ignition interlock law. (d) Distracted Driving Grant: enacts and enforces a law that prohibits texting while driving or prohibits youth cell phone use while driving. (e) Motorcyclist Safety: meet 2 of the following criteria; motorcycle rider training course, motorcyclist awareness program, reduction of fatalities and crashes involving motorcycles, impaired driving program, reduction of fatalities and accidents involving impaired motorcyclists, and fees collected from motorcyclists for motorcycle programs (f) State graduated driver licensing incentive grant: State has a graduated driver licensing law that requires novice drivers younger than 21 years of age to comply with the 2-stage licensing process.
How may assistance be used?
Funding can be used to address national highway safety priority programs to reduce the number of highway deaths and injuries.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
Project sponsor shall retain records for 3 years following submission of a final expenditure report and other project deliverables, all project contract documents, financial records, and supporting documents pending resolution of audit findings.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 23 Chapter 4 Part 405

Matching is voluntary. 80%. For all program under Section 405, the Federal share of the costs of the activities funded using amounts from grants awarded under this subsection may not exceed 80 percent for each fiscal year for which a State receives a grant.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information:
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The Federal share is reimbursed on claims submitted in vouchers covering costs incurred; all participants have converted to the electronic transfer of funds method of payment. Funds placed in obligation are available until expended. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for addresses of Regional Offices of the National Highway Safety Administration.
Headquarters Office
Mary D. Gunnels, Ph.D.
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., NRO-100
Washington, DC 20590 US
maggi.gunnels@dot.gov
Phone: (202) 366-2121.
Website Address
http://nhtsa.dot.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-8020-0-7-401
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 18$277,324,992.00; FY 19 est $255,400,000.00; FY 20 est $255,000,000.00; FY 17$277,500,000.00; FY 16$270,230,987.00; - In FY 2016, States spent a total of $270,230,987.01 in Section 402 funds authorized by MAP-21.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$33,125 - $8,046,147.33
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (P.L. 112-141), Title I- Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Improvement Act of 2012,, Section 31105; to be codified in 23 USC, chapter 4, section 405.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 47 States, DC and 2 Territories were awarded Occupant Protection grants; 50 States, DC, PR and 4 territories received Data grants; 50 States, DC and PR received Impaired Driving grants; 5 States were awarded Ignition Interlock grants; 1 State qualified for a Distracted driving grant; 45 States and PR received Motorcyclist Safety grants; and no States qualified for a graduated Driver Licensing Law grant. 47 States, DC and 2 Territories were awarded Occupant Protection grants; 50 States, DC, PR and 4 territories received Data grants; 50 States, DC and PR received Impaired Driving grants; 5 States were awarded Ignition Interlock grants; 1 State qualified for a Distracted driving grant; 45 States and PR received Motorcyclist Safety grants; and no States qualified for a graduated Driver Licensing Law grant.
Fiscal Year 2017 Enforcement of State's seat belt and child restraint laws, impaired driving laws, motorcycle awareness and training, training in pedestrian and bicycle safety, enforcement of distracted driving laws and improving State data systems to core highway safety databases, which include crash, citation and adjudication, driver, EMS or injury surveillance system, roadway and vehicle databases.
Fiscal Year 2018 States used these funds for the specific priority areas (occupant protection, state traffic safety information systems, impaired driving, ignition interlock, 24-7 sobriety programs, motorcyclist safety, distracted driving, graduated driver licensing, non-motorized safety and racial profiling data collection.
Fiscal Year 2019 States used these funds for specific priority areas including occupant protection, state traffic safety information systems, impaired driving, ignition interlock, 24-7 sobriety programs, motorcyclist safety, distracted driving, graduated driver licensing, non-motorized (bicyclist and pedestrians) safety and racial profiling data collection. Funds could be utilized for training law enforcement on their state's pedestrian and bicyclist laws, conducting training for school children in pedestrian and bicyclist safety, enforcement of the state's distracted driving laws, participation in national mobilizations and crackdowns and training for motorcycle riders.

 



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