Virginia Highway Safety Office News ReleasesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 8, 2008
Media Contact: Melanie Stokes
Department of Motor Vehicles
Transportation Safety Grant Application Available Online
Web Submissions Required in New Streamlined Process
RICHMOND - The application for transportation safety grant opportunities is now available on the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website. DMV's Virginia Highway Safety Office is accepting applications for funding for the period beginning October 1, 2008 through September 20, 2009. Interested applicants are required to make submissions online by visiting www.dmvNOW.com.
The new web-based application process will be easier and faster for applicants. Some of the new features include populated data fields specific to an applicant's community, error-check that prevents incomplete application submissions, and the ability to save the document and return to it later. No paper will be generated or stored.
To receive access to the new online application, applicants will need to contact the project monitor assigned to their area, and attend a training session during February. Visit http://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/safety/resources/contacts.pdf for a list of project monitors.
Grant applications must support Virginia's primary transportation safety goal of reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries resulting from traffic crashes. Supporting goals of the applications should focus on improving transportation safety relating to occupant protection, impaired driving, speed, motorcycle safety and traffic records.Strategies and objectives must include countermeasures to address the following goals:
- Increase safety belt usage
- Reduce the number of alcohol/drug related crashes, injuries and fatalities
- Decrease speed-related crashes
- Reduce motorcycle crashes
- Improve the collection and accessibility of traffic records data
Other countermeasures relating to pedestrian/bicycle safety, emergency medical services, roadway safety and community transportation safety programs will be considered. For complete guidelines, go to http://www.dmvnow.com/highwaysafety/.
The application deadline is March 31, 2008. Applicants selected for the program participate on a cost-reimbursement basis. Specific questions about the guidelines for the submission of Highway Safety Grant applications should be addressed to the applicant's project monitor.