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.


Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No expenditures in 2016.

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

http://www.nhtsa.gov/




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Transportation, Rhode Island Department Of $ 1,000,000   2011-08-292011-09-30
Oklahoma Region Community Policing Institute $ 300,000   2009-04-212011-04-20
Kansas Dept Of Wildlife And Parks $ 1,000,000   2010-08-222010-09-30
State Police, Arkansas $ 9,497,497   2009-07-292009-09-30
Transportation, Florida Department Of $ 1,000,000   2009-07-292009-09-30
Transportation, Connecticut Department Of $ 466,092   2009-09-102009-09-30
Transportation, Maryland Department Of $ 959,295   2009-09-102009-09-30
Public Safety, Minnesota Department Of $ 8,087,090   2009-02-252009-09-30
Public Safety, Vermont Department Of $ 1,000,000   2009-02-102009-09-30
Transportation, Oregon Department Of $ 776,739   2009-09-102009-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: This program was not authorized under the FAST Act. Fiscal Year 2017: This program was not authorized under the FAST Act. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State Highway Safety Agencies.

Credentials/Documentation

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.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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.

Application Procedures

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.

Award Procedures

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.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2005, Section 406, 23 U.S.C 406.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

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.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

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.

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 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 (Apportionments)) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - No new money authorized. States are spending down their SAFETEA-LU grant awards.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

States are spending down their SAFETEA-LU grant awards.

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.

Information Contacts

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.

Headquarters Office

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

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.



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