Occupant Protection Incentive Grants

To encourage States to adopt effective programs to reduce highway deaths and injuries resulting from individuals riding unrestrained or improperly restrained in motor vehicles.


Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: States spent these funds on training for law enforcement and other first responders on seat belts and child restraint systems, enforcement for their State?s occupant protection laws; roll-call videos as a training tool; high visibility enforcement during the Click It or Ticket national mobilization during the Memorial Day holiday.

States also took programs into the junior and senior high school to focus on the importance of wearing seat belts on each and every trip.

Some states provided a class for seat belt law violators that discussed in further detail their State?s law and the consequences of not wearing a belt should you be involved in a crash.

Funds were used for enforcement efforts at other times of the year beside the CIOT period.

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 the addresses Regional Offices of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Website Address

http://www.nhtsa.gov/




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Georgia Department Of Transportation $ 3,535,287   2007-04-302009-09-30
Transportation, North Carolina Department Of $ 2,530,566   2007-04-302009-09-30
Transportation, Florida Department Of $ 4,540,119   2007-04-302009-09-30
Illinois Department Of Transportation $ 3,801,670   2007-04-302009-09-30
South Carolina, State Of $ 3,173,913   2007-04-302009-09-30
State Police, Michigan Department Of $ 3,106,390   2007-04-302009-09-30
Motor Vehicles, New York State Department Of $ 5,238,105   2007-04-302009-09-30
Transportation, Texas Department Of $ 4,767,639   2007-04-302009-09-30
Transportation, Pennsylvania Department Of $ 3,781,731   2007-04-302009-09-30
California Department Of Transportation $ 9,159,150   2007-04-302009-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Seat belt use nationwide saw an increase from 88.5% in 2015 to 90.1% in 2016. The National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) provides the agency?s official measure of nationwide seat belt use. 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 and enforce occupant protection programs, in compliance with established criteria.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas, Virgin Islands, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State Highway Safety agencies.

Credentials/Documentation

A State submits certification and application that it meets 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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

NHTSA Regional Administrator coordinates qualification process with the Office of Injury Control Operations and Resources.

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. Certifications, signed by the Governor's Representative for Highway Safety, are due no later than February 15 of each fiscal year to the appropriate NHTSA Regional Administrator. To apply for grant funds in a fiscal year, a State must submit the certification required by Federal Register, Vol. 7, No. 218, Monday, November 14, 2006, signed by the Governor's Representative for Highway Safety, to the appropriate NHTSA Regional Administrator.

Award Procedures

A State submits certification that it meets 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. 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. NHTSA notifies the Governor in a letter that the State has met the requirements for a Section 405 grant. The letter also describes the amount of the grant award.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2011, Public Law 109-59, 23 U.S.C 405; Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), Public Law 114-94.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 23 CFR, Chapter 401, Part 1345. Matching Requirements: Under the 405 program, basic grant funding is up to 100 percent of their Section 402 apportionment. The Federal share shall not exceed 75 percent in the first and second years, 50 percent in the third and fourth years, and 25 percent in the fifth and subsequent years. This program does not have MOE requirements.

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 sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Annual program plan for next year's funding must include a progress report on the prior year's program and accomplishments.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Annual program plan for next year's funding must include a progress report on the prior year's program and accomplishments.

SF-425.

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. For direct procurement contracts, audits will be conducted in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations.

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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-8020-0-7-401.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $77,862; FY 17 Estimate Not Available; and FY 18 est $0 - No new money has been awarded under SAFETEA-LU since FY 12. States are continuing to spend down their grant awards.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range is $ 74,843 ? 3,109,419.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2005, Part 1345, Section 2004, Public Law 109-59, as amended, 23 U.S.C. 402.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for the addresses Regional Offices of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Headquarters Office

Mary D. Gunnels, Ph.D. 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., NROI-010, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: Maggi.Gunnels@dot.gov Phone: (202) 366-2121

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

States must meet 4 out of 6 criteria established by statute and regulation including safety belt use law for all passengers, primary safety belt use law, minimum fine or penalty points, statewide special traffic enforcement programs, child passenger protection education program, and child passenger protection law.



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