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 Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST-ACT) and the Highway Safety Act of 1966.  The goal of the program is to eliminate deaths and serious injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes by implementing programs designed to address driver behaviors.  The purpose of the program is to provide funding at the state and community level for a highway safety program that addresses Idaho's own unique circumstances and particular highway safety needs.

Funding Opportunities and Process Description

Only state and local governmental units or non-profits are eligible to receive highway safety funding. The highway safety funding process  Applications must be received by 5:00 PM,  March 18th, 2016. Applications may be e-mailed to the Office of Highway Safety. Applications that are not received by the specified deadline are automatically ineligible.

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Application Period:  February 1, 2016 to March 18th, 2016 for Federal Fiscal Year 2017

A Microsoft Word version of the Grant Application is available at the link below.  The application must be e-mailed before 5:00 PM on March 18, 2016.  These applications are for year long funding for FFY 2017 and are different and completely separate from the Traffic Enforcement Mobilizations.

Email applications to ohsgrants@itd.idaho.gov.      

Highway Safety Grant Applications

Grant Application Instructions FFY 2017 (PDF) - Instructions and project examples. 

Grant Application FFY 2017 (Word) - funding application form - open, save to your computer, fill out, and email to OHS. If you would like, you can print it out and mail or fax it to us as well.

For complete descriptions and procedures in conducting a grant through the Idaho Transportation Department Office of Highway Safety please refer to the Grant Procedures Manual

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Traffic Enforcement Mobilization Agreement (TEMA)

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 Traffic Enforcement Mobilization Agreement (TEMA) between the agency and the Idaho Transportation Department Office of Highway Safety.

Traffic Enforcement Mobilization agreements, claims and reporting are now online.  Each law enforcement agency that intends to participate in and apply for the Traffic Enforcement Mobilization Program must first receive the proper login and password.  Each user requires a unique login and password.   To request your login and password email Michael Seals michael.seals@itd.idaho.gov   

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.

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. 

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.  

FFY 2016 Highway Safety Plan

FFY 2015 Highway Safety Plan

FFY 2014 Highway Safety 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.

FFY 2015 Annual Report

FFY 2014 Annual Report

FFY 2013 Annual Report


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