Virginia Highway Safety Office News ReleasesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Media Contact: Melanie Stokes
Department of Motor Vehicles
March 15 is Deadline for Transportation Safety Grant Applications
Submissions Accepted Through DMV Website
RICHMOND - DMV's Virginia Highway Safety Office (VAHSO) is accepting applications to support programs throughout Virginia that strive to reduce traffic deaths and injuries. The deadline for transportation safety grant submissions is March 15, 2012.
The funding period for approved applications is October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013. Applicants selected for the program participate on a cost-reimbursement basis.
Interested applicants are required to make submissions online at www.dmvNOW.com. To receive access to the online application, applicants should contact the project monitor assigned to their area. Visit http://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/safety/resources/contacts.pdf for a list of project monitors. Project monitors can answer specific questions about the guidelines for grant applications. Before applying for a grant, law enforcement applicants attend a mandatory workshop, and new applicants are required to attend training.
Applications must support Virginia's primary transportation safety goal of reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries resulting from traffic crashes. Programs receiving grant funds work toward increasing safety belt usage; deterring drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving; and promoting motorcycle, pedestrian, bike, teen and senior driver safety.
The VAHSO is responsible for administering the funds and has established measurable objectives for each of the nearly 300 grant requests awarded each year. Future funding requests are determined by the progress toward these established performance objectives. For complete guidelines, go to http://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/safety/index.asp.
Some examples of previously-funded grant programs are:
- Click It or Ticket, a safety belt enforcement mobilization operated by the Virginia State Police and local law enforcement
- Regional Crash Investigation Team, an effort between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies that combines officer expertise and equipment to investigate the causes of fatal crashes
- Street Smart pedestrian/bike campaign, a regional enforcement and media effort, administered by the Council of Governments, aimed at reducing fatalities and injuries to pedestrians and cyclists