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Highway Safety Programs
Description of Programs
The Office of Highway Safety administers the
Federal Highway Safety Programs, which
currently are funded by formula through
The Office of Highway Safety offers law enforcement agencies throughout the state the opportunity to participate in Traffic Enforcement Mobilizations (saturation patrols), which support enforcement efforts by agencies to reduce deaths, serious injuries and economic loss as part of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). Dedicated enhanced enforcement efforts and /or traffic enforcement equipment for regular duty dedicated mobilization enforcement are funded for hours worked during the mobilizations. Participation in the mobilization is initiated by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the agency and the Idaho Transportation Department Office of Highway Safety. To participate, please refer to the documents at the bottom of this page.
Highway Safety Plans and Annual Reports
In order to receive the Federal highway safety funding, each State must submit a High Safety Plan, which includes a description of the processes used by the State to identify its highway safety problems, define its highway safety performance measures, set goals for those performance measures, and develop projects and activities to address its problems and achieve its goals. The Plan, approved by the Governor's Representative for Highway Safety, must also include descriptions of the projects and activities the State plans to implement and link the countermeasure strategies and projects to the goals identified in the Plan.
Each State is also required to submit an Annual Report within 90 days of the end of the Federal Fiscal Year which evaluates the State's progress in meeting its highway safety goals, using performance measures identified in the Highway Safety Plan and describes how the projects and activities funded during the fiscal year contributed to meeting the State's highway safety goals.
Traffic Safety Problem Identification
A “traffic safety problem” is an identifiable subgroup of drivers, pedestrians, vehicles, or roadways that is statistically higher in collision experience than normal expectations. Problem identification involves the study of relationships between collisions and the population, licensed drivers, registered vehicles, and vehicle miles traveled, as well as characteristics of specific subgroups that may contribute to collisions.
For the Federal Fiscal Year 2010-2012 plan, the process used to identify traffic safety problems began initially by evaluating Idaho’s experience in each of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) eight highway safety priority areas. These were program areas determined by NHTSA to be most effective in reducing motor vehicle collisions, injuries and deaths. Consideration for other potential traffic safety problem areas came from analyzing Idaho collision data, suggestions from Idaho Traffic Safety Commission (ITSC) members, suggestions by Office of Highway Safety staff, and by researching issues identified by other states. All traffic safety problems must be validated with supporting data and there must be an effective countermeasure to address the problem that is eligible for Federal highway safety funds.
The traffic safety problem areas that have been identified and are currently being addressed are: Aggressive Driving, Occupant Protection, Impaired Driving, Distracted Driving, Youthful Drivers, Pedestrian Safety, Bicycle Safety, Motorcycle Safety, Traffic Records, and Emergency Medical Services.
Funding Opportunities and Process Description
Only state and local governmental units are eligible to receive highway safety funding. The highway safety funding process operates on the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY), which runs from October 1 to September 31. Request for proposals for the upcoming FFY go out on the first Monday in January. The request for proposal gives an overview of applying for highway safety funding, who is eligible to receive funds and a description of the focus areas. The letter of intent is the funding application. It must be received or post-marked by midnight, January 31st. Letters of intent may be e-mailed, faxed, or mailed to the Office of Highway Safety. Letters of intent that are not received or post-marked by the specified deadline are automatically ineligible.
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