Alcohol Impaired Driving Countermeasures Incentive Grants I

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

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national enforcement campaign (See accomplishments for details).

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regional office addresses.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Motor Vehicles, West Virginia Dept Of $ 930,228   2012-09-262019-09-30
Motor Vehicles, West Virginia Dept Of $ 2,181,635   2011-09-062019-09-30
Public Safety, Vermont Department Of $ 953,051   2012-09-202019-09-30
Motor Vehicles, Virginia Department Of-$ 0   2012-09-262019-09-30
Motor Vehicles, Virginia Department Of $ 188,001   2011-09-062019-09-30
Administracion De Compensaciones Por Accidentes De Automoviles $ 1,382,534   2012-09-262019-09-30
Transportation, Missouri Department Of $ 2,674,289   2011-09-062019-09-30
Transportation, Missouri Department Of $ 2,734,693   2010-09-232019-09-30
Public Safety, Ohio Department Of $ 2,749,733   2009-09-162019-09-30
Public Safety, Massachusetts Executive Office Of $ 2,084,801   2012-09-262019-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Funds were spent on training and identifying impaired driving countermeasures to combat the serious problem of impaired driving across the country. States used these funds for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national enforcement campaign over the Labor Day holiday to increase the number of officers on the highways enforcing the impaired driving laws of their State. Additional enforcement efforts were also conducted throughout the year to decrease the number of injuries and fatalities caused by impaired drivers. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

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.

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.


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.

Aplication 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 Procedures

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 Procedures

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.


Not Applicable.


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; Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), Public Law 114-94.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. Applicant received a response, from the agency, between 30 to 60 days.


Not Applicable.


States were 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


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.


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 relating to the program shall be retained for a period not less than 3 years from the date of submission of final financial report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $143,717,499; FY 17 Estimate Not Available(Exp: No new funds authorized.); and FY 18 Estimate Not Available - $ 4,933,409.21 of SAFETEA-LU funds. A total of $143,717,499.76 was spent in FAST Act funds.

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, Ph.D. 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., NRO-010, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: Phone: (202) 366-2121.

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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