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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Media Contact: Brandy Brubaker
Department of Motor Vehicles
(804) 367-6834

April 28 is Deadline for Grant Applications for Highway Safety Forensics Center
Focus is Reducing Traffic Deaths through Evidence Collection

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ Highway Safety Office (VAHSO) reminds interested applicants that submissions for a special competitive grant opportunity to develop a Center for Highway Safety Forensics are due April 28, 2017.

The purpose of the center will be to create and manage projects associated with the collection, preservation, analysis and effective use of forensic evidence related to highway safety programs. It is envisioned that the center will help streamline the DUI process in the Commonwealth by providing mobile forensic testing units. Advanced educational opportunities such as DUI institutes, the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) program, Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training, and crash investigation and reconstruction training, are some expectations for the new center.

Applications must support Virginia's primary highway safety goal of reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries resulting from traffic crashes. Funding awards will be determined by the potential impact on the established performance objectives.

The funding period for approved applications is Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018, with the option for continued funding for future years based on performance and fund availability. Applicants selected for the center will participate on a cost-reimbursement basis.

VAHSO is responsible for administering approximately $17 million in federal grant funds for nearly 400 grant requests awarded annually, and each grant recipient must meet established, measurable objectives. To receive a copy of the center’s grant opportunity details and application information, contact Lori G. Rice at lori.rice@dmv.virginia.gov.

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