Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced a series of grants in the amount of $2,522,323 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for highway safety programs in Nevada. These programs are implemented to reduce deaths and injuries on the highways and roads by focusing on issues such as driver education, impaired driving, pedestrian and bicycle safety, occupant protection, and emergency medical services. As a result of Sen. Reid’s work in July 2012 to pass the transportation bill, officially known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), Nevada is beginning to see more federal grant funding to programs such as this. The transportation bill included in it the designation of I-11, connecting Las Vegas and Phoenix by interstate.
“The transportation bill that I helped pass in 2012 continues to benefit Nevada,” said Senator Harry Reid. “This grant will help Nevada produce highway safety programs such as ‘Click it or Ticket’ and impaired driving advertisement campaigns and enforcement, motorcycle safety programs and education, child restraint safety programs, and more. These initiatives help keep our roadways and highways safe.”
BACKGROUND ON MAP-21 GRANT PROGRAMS
To qualify for grant funding under the Section 402 State and Community Highway Safety Programs, a State must provide: (1) a Highway Safety Planning Process, (2) A Performance Plan, (3) Highway Safety Strategies and Projects, (4) A Performance Report, (5) A Program Cost Summary and List of Projects, and (6) Certifications and Assurances.
Grant funds may be used to develop and implement training programs and conduct highway safety programs approved by the Secretary in accordance with uniform guidelines, promulgated by the Secretary, as approved under Section 402(a)(2). These highway safety programs are implemented to reduce deaths and injuries on the highways by focusing on issues such as driver education, impaired driving, pedestrian and bicycle safety, occupant protection, and emergency medical services. In each State, funds are administered by the Governor’s Representative for Highway Safety.
As provided by Section 402(c) of 23 U.S.C., the States receive funding based on a ratio of 75 percent of the total apportionment in which the population of each State bears to the total population of all the States based on the latest available Federal census, and a ratio of 25 percent of the total apportionment in which the public road mileage in each State bears to the total public road mileage in all States based on the public road mileage certified by each Governor.
A total of $166,143,920 will be distributed to all 57 jurisdictions.