Minimum Penalties for Repeat Offenders for Driving While Intoxicated

To encourage States to enact and enforce Repeat Intoxicated Offender laws.

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 of the Regional Offices of NHTSA.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Transportation Hawaii Department $ 1,068,608   2019-04-172024-12-31
Highway Saftey Commision, Louisiana Department Of Public Saf $ 1,506,537   2019-04-172024-12-31
Transportation Hawaii Department $ 1,066,198   2020-10-012024-09-30
Highway Saftey Commision, Louisiana Department Of Public Saf $ 901,844   2020-10-012024-09-30
Administracion De Compensaciones Por Accidentes De Automoviles $ 807,088   2020-10-012024-09-30
Traffic Safety, California Office Of $ 34,551,097   2020-10-012024-09-30
Transportation, Colorado Department Of $ 890,208   2020-10-012024-09-30
Judiciary Courts Of The State Of Indiana $ 2,465,357   2020-10-012024-09-30
Public Safety, Minnesota Department Of $ 6,738,242   2020-10-012024-09-30
Transportation, North Dakota Dept Of $ 775,619   2020-10-012024-09-30

Program Accomplishments

In FY 2007, 11 States and Puerto Rico received Section 164 transfer funds.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds transferred from NHTSA must be used for alcohol-impaired driving countermeasures or enforcement of driving while intoxicated (DWI), driving under the influence DUI) and other related laws.

A state may elect to use all or part of its transferred funds for activities eligible under Section 152 Hazard Elimination program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State Highway Safety agencies.


If a State has not enacted and is not enforcing a Repeat Intoxicated Driver Law, then a state 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 Administrators coordinate the qualification process with the Office of Injury Control Operations and Resources.

This program is eligible for coverage under Executive Order 12372, Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.

Application Procedures

If a state has not enacted and is not enforcing a Repeat Intoxicated driver Law, then a state 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.


States must have a compliant law by September 30 each year.


Highway Safety Act of 1998 as amended, 23 U.S.C. 164.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applicant should receive a response from the agency between 30 to 90 days.


Not applicable.


States are eligible for funding for the penalty for up to four years.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

If a State has not enacted or is not enforcing a repeat intoxicated offender law by September 30 of each fiscal year, it will receive a transfer in the amount of three-percent of the funds apportioned to the State under section 402.

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


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 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 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 for Federal audit requirements for that year. For direct procurement contracts, audit will be conducted in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation.


The project sponsor shall retain records for 3 years following submission of a final expenditure report and other project deliverables.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $124,501,824; FY 08 and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$2,299,000 to $47,500,000. Average: $7,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

23 CFR 1270.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for the addresses of the Regional Offices of NHTSA.

Headquarters Office

Marlene Markison, Associate Administrator for Regional Operations and Program Delivery, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-2121.

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