Safety Incentives to Prevent Operation of Motor Vehicles by Intoxicated Persons

To encourage States to establish an 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration as the legal limit for drunk driving.

Examples of Funded Projects

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) prevention programs with special emphasis on law enforcement of drunk driving laws and public education about such laws; purchase of breath testing devices and the training of law enforcement personnel in their proper use; and overtime pay for police personnel doing selective traffic enforcement programs related to alcohol and drug impaired driving.

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

Program Accomplishments

Initial grant projects still active; information not 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, 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.


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.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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

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

The State submits certification and application that it meets eligibility requirements. After being informed that it is eligible, the State submits to the agency a plan that describes the program it will implement using the funds.

Award Procedures

Awards will be made by the NHTSA Regional Administrator.


Application proposals must be submitted by July 15 of each year.


Highway Safety Act of 1998, as amended, 23 U.S.C. 163.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The Program plan should be submitted by September 1 if eligibility has been approved.


Not applicable.


States are eligible for funding for up to 7 years under this program. Certifications and plans must be approved each year.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Under the 163 program, funds are apportioned among all eligible States according to the Section 402 formula. The Federal share is 100 percent.

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.

Post Assistance Requirements


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


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of State and Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities (including universities) that expend $500,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, with certain exceptions as stated in OMB Circular No. A-133. For direct procurement contracts, audits will be conducted in accordance with the 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 est not available; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$1,000,000 to $4,000,000. Average: $1,850,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

23 CFR 1309, 1313.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

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

Headquarters Office

Marlene Markison, Associate Administrator for Injury Control Operatios and Resources, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-2121.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

States must meet criteria established by statute and regulation including, for example, an 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration law.

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