Safety Belt Performance Grants
Increase safety belt use by encouraging States to enact and enforce primary safety belt laws. A primary safety belt law permits law enforcement officers to stop and cite motorists for failing to wear safety belts without requiring that some other motor vehicle violation first be observed.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: These funds were used by the States for highway safety activities and FHWA. States made that determination. For the funds that remained with NHTSA States could use the funds like they would Section 402 funds for identified problems such as the need to provide training for law enforcement in occupant protection, techniques for identifying impaired drivers, child passenger safety, improved data systems. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2005, Section 406, 23 U.S.C 406.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
The 50 States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the Virgin Islands are eligible to apply for a grant.
State Highway Safety Agencies.
States that apply as either New Primary Law States or Pre-2003 Primary Law States must submit a certification that their primary safety belt law is in effect and is being enforced, and must also provide a citation where a copy of the law may be obtained for review. States that apply as Safety Belt Performance States must submit the result of a statewide safety belt observational survey for each of the two calendar years preceding the fiscal year of the grant application, along with certifications that the surveys were conducted in conformance with NHTSA's Uniform Criteria for State Observational Surveys of Seat Belt Use (23 CFR Part 1340). 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
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. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A State is eligible for a grant if it did not have a conforming primary safety belt law for all passenger motor vehicles in effect on or before December 31, 2002, and either: Enacts for the first time after December 31, 2002, and has in effect and is enforcing a conforming primary safety belt law for all passenger motor vehicles (States meeting this criterion are called New Primary Law States); or, After December 31, 2005, has a State safety belt use rate of 85 percent or more for each of the 2 consecutive calendar years immediately preceding the fiscal year of the grant (States meeting this criterion are called Safety Belt Performance States). A State that meets either of the above two criteria will receive a one-time grant equal to 475 percent of the State's apportionment under Section 402 for fiscal year 2003. If a State does not meet either of the above two criteria, and if funds remain after grants have been awarded to all States that do meet either of the two criteria by July 1 each year, the State will qualify for a one-time grant equal to 200 percent of its apportionment under Section 402 for fiscal year 2003 if it has in effect and is enforcing a conforming primary safety belt law for all passenger motor vehicles that was in effect before January 1, 2003 (States in this category are called Pre-2003 Primary Law States). States that are applying as either New Primary Law States or Pre-2003 Primary Law States must submit the required certification and citation (see Credentials / Documentation above) by July 1 of the year of the grant application. States applying as Safety Belt Performance States must submit the survey result and related certification for each of the two consecutive calendar years preceding the year of the grant application by March 1 of the calendar year immediately following the year in which the survey was conducted.
NHTSA will review the information contained in each State's application for compliance with Section 406 and notify qualifying States in writing of grant awards.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
How are proposals selected?
Applications from States attempting to qualify as New Primary Law States or Pre-2003 Primary Law States will be reviewed to determine if the State is enforcing a primary safety belt use law that applies to all passenger motor vehicles. Applications from States attempting to qualify as Safety Belt Performance States will be reviewed to determine if the State' safety belt use rate was at or above 85 percent during each of the two consecutive calendar years immediately preceding the year of the grant application.
How may assistance be used?
A state may use grant funds for any safety purpose under Title 23 or for any project that corrects or improves a hazardous roadway location or feature or proactively addresses highway safety problems. However, at least $1 million of amounts received by States must be obligated for behavioral highway safety activities. At least $1 million of amounts received by States must be obligated for behavioral highway safety activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The Annual Report required under the Section 402 State and Community Highway Safety formula grant program must include a progress report on the prior year's Section 406 program for behavioral highway safety activities. No cash reports are required. The Annual Report required under the Section 402 State and Community Highway Safety formula grant program must include a progress report on the prior year's Section 406 program for behavioral highway safety activities. SF-425. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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. For direct procurement contracts, audits will be conducted in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations.
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 406.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Federal share is reimbursed on claims submitted in vouchers covering costs incurred. All participants have converted to the Electronic Transfer of Funds method. Funds placed in obligation are available until expended. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for the addresses of the Regional Offices of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Mary D. Gunnels 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., NTI-200, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (202) 366-2121.
(Formula Grants (Apportionments)) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0 - States are spending down their SAFETEA-LU grant awards.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range for these grants were $1,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2005, Public Law 109-59; 23 U.S.C. 408.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: States continued to encourage increased seat belt use by enforcing the State’s occupant protection laws, Funds could also be used for any programs/projects that are eligible for Section 402 funds. Fiscal Year 2015: States continued to encourage increased seat belt use by enforcing the State’s occupant protection laws, Funds could also be used for any programs/projects that are eligible for Section 402 funds. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available