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Transportation Secretary Announces $5M in Grants to States, Territories

5 March 1999

NHTSA 07-99
March 3, 1999 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Transportation Secretary Slater Announces

$5 Million in Grants to States, Territories

U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater today announced distribution of nearly $5 million in incentive grants to improve traffic safety data systems in 47 states, the District of Columbia, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands, and Puerto Rico.

"President Clinton has challenged us to make our communities safer, demonstrating again that safety his the highest transportation priority," Secretary Slater said. "These funds will help states and communities use the latest technology to develop better safety strategies, and thus reduce crashes, prevent injuries and save lives."

This grant program was created in section 2005 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, which President Clinton signed on June 9, 1998.

All states and territories had an opportunity to apply for these grant funds to make improvements to their traffic record systems. All but three states applied: Idaho, Texas and Wyoming did not apply. In the future, the traffic record systems may include information on crashes, drivers, vehicles, and roadways; emergency room treatments, hospital admissions and emergency medical services records. These grants have been authorized by Congress for four years.

"When these data systems are in place and linked together, the information can help states pinpoint and solve traffic safety problems to create safer communities," said Dr. Ricardo Martinez, M.D., administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Thirty states and territories applied for and received implementation grant funds totaling $3,787,800. These applicants already had a basic strategic plan for making improvements to their traffic records systems and performed assessments of their data systems that were no more than five years old. They also had traffic records coordinating committees in place to implement the strategic plan.

Eleven states received initiation grant funds totaling $694,100. These applicants were in the process of developing strategic plans for making traffic records system improvements but had not completed the plans.

Twelve states and territories and the Bureau of Indian Affairs received start-up grant funds totaling $325,000 to begin putting the necessary elements in place to receive implementation or initiation funding in the next few years.

A state-by-state table listing the amounts and types of grants awarded follows.

State or Territory Type of Grant Amount
Alabama START-UP $25,000
Alaska IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
Arizona IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
Arkansas IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
California IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
Colorado IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
Connecticut IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
Delaware IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
District of Columbia START-UP $25,000
Florida IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
Georgia INITIATION $63,100
Hawaii IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
Illinois START-UP $25,000
Indiana IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
Kansas INITIATION $63,100
Kentucky IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
Louisiana INITIATION $63,100
Maryland IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
Massachusetts IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
Michigan IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
Minnesota IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
Mississippi IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
Missouri INITIATION $63,100
Montana INITIATION $63,100
Nebraska IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
Nevada IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
New Hampshire INITIATION $63,100
New Jersey START-UP $25,000
New Mexico START-UP $25,000
New York IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
North Carolina IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
North Dakota START-UP $25,000
Oklahoma IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
Oregon IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
Pennsylvania INITIATION $63,100
Rhode Island IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
South Carolina IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
South Dakota INITIATION $63,100
Tennessee INITIATION $63,100
Utah INITIATION $63,100
Vermont IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
Virginia INITIATION $63,100
Washington IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
West Virginia START-UP $25,000
Wisconsin START-UP $25,000
American Samoa START-UP $25,000
Guam START-UP $25,000
Indian Nations (Bureau of Indian Affairs) START-UP $25,000
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands START-UP $25,000
Puerto Rico IMPLEMENTATION $126,260
Virgin Islands START-UP $25,000