Alcohol Traffic Safety and Drunk Driving Prevention Incentive Grants

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

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) prevention programs with special emphasis on law enforcement of drunk driving laws and public awareness, advertising and education about such laws; police training in a variety of drunk and impaired driving issues; and the procurement of technology and equipment, including video equipment, and passive alcohol sensors.

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

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Administracion De Compensaciones Por Accidentes De Automoviles $ 1,382,534   2012-09-262019-09-30
Transportation, Wisconsin Department Of $ 2,441,341   2012-09-262012-09-30
Traffic Safety Commission, Washington State $ 2,493,097   2012-09-262012-09-30
Public Safety, Utah Department Of $ 1,105,300   2012-09-262012-09-30
Transportation, Texas Department Of $ 15,564,963   2012-09-262012-09-30
Transportation, Tennessee Department Of $ 2,466,856   2012-09-262012-09-30
Public Safety, South Dakota Department Of $ 2,338,253   2012-09-262012-09-30
Public Safety, South Carolina Department Of $ 4,361,418   2012-09-262012-09-30
Transportation, Rhode Island Department Of $ 953,248   2012-09-262012-09-30
Transportation, Pennsylvania Department Of $ 4,423,650   2012-09-262012-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Implementation of impaired driving activities found in the Programmatic Criteria section, as well as costs for high visibility enforcement; the costs of training and equipment for law enforcement; the costs of advertising and educational campaigns that publicize checkpoints, increase law enforcement efforts and target impaired drivers under 34 years of age; the costs of a State impaired operator information system, and the costs of vehicle or license plate impoundment.In FY 2007, 50 states and Puerto Rico received grants.

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 and 2009.

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.

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, State submits to the agency a plan that describes the programs the State will implement using the funds.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Low fatality rate States: Prior to the start of the application period (on or about June 1 of that fiscal year), the agency will inform States that qualify for a grant based on low fatality rates.

These States will not be required to submit an application demonstrating compliance with the programmatic requirements.

They will, however, be required to submit information that identifies how the grant funds will be used in accordance with the requirements of SAFETEA-LU.

If the agency experiences a delay in making fatality rate information available, all States should prepare and submit information demonstrating compliance with the required number of programmatic criteria.

A State should not assume qualification for Section 410 funding as a low fatality rate State until the information is made available by the agency.

Programmatic states: To qualify for a Section 410 grant in FY 2006 based on programmatic criteria, SAFETEA-LU requires a State to demonstrate compliance with three of the following eight criteria: A high visibility impaired driving enforcement program; a prosecution and adjudication outreach program; a BAC testing program; a high-risk drivers program; an alcohol rehabilitation or DWI court program; an underage drinking prevention program; an administrative driver's license suspension or revocation system; and a self-sustaining impaired driving prevention program.