Highway Safety Grants

Highway Safety and Traffic Division is responsible for administration of the following grant programs:  Highway Safety and Motor Carrier Safety Assistance.

 

The Highway Safety (HS) Grant Program provides financial assistance to support programs that reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes occurring on Missouri roadways and reduce traffic fatalities and injuries.  Areas of emphasis include the following:

  • Alcohol Projects - include activities or programs that reduce impaired driving crashes and the resulting deaths and injuries.
  • Data Projects - should relate to Missouri's Traffic Records Data Systems Improvement Program.  (All applications are reviewed by the State Traffic Records Coordinating Committee.)
  • Education/Prevention Projects - should aim to reduce unsafe driving behaviors through activities that educate the public on the effects of such behavior.  These projects should heighten awareness and educate target groups about specific traffic safety issues.
  • Hazardous Moving Violation (HMV) Enforcement Projects - consist of one or more officers to target high crash locations and areas where consistent HMVs occur and are developed from the analysis of specific traffic problems occurring in a community.  Hazardous violations include improper turns, following too close, failure to stop, failure to obey a traffic signal, failure to yield, careless driving, red light running, speeding, failure to obey school bus stop arm, etc.  HMV Projects also address distracted driving and enforcement projects to specifically reduce bicycle and pedestrian fatalities.  Funding will be provided for overtime or dedicated manpower and may be provided for equipment if the need is demonstrated.
  • Impaired Driving Enforcement Projectsconsist of one or more officers who will patrol and seek out impaired drivers in high alcohol and/or drug-related crash areas during the hours and days of peak impaired driving.  Funding will be provided for overtime or dedicated manpower and may be provided for equipment if the need is demonstrated.
  • Motorcycle Projects - should include activities or programs that reduce motorcycle crashes and the resulting deaths and injuries.
  • Occupant Protection Projects - should aim to educate and motivate the public to properly use available motor vehicle occupant protection systems, including child safety seat usage.
  • Occupant Protection Enforcement Projects - consist of one or more officers to increase seat belt use and to increase and promote the proper user of child safety seats.  Funding will be provided for officer overtime only.
  • Safe Communities Projects - promote injury prevention activities at the local level to solve local highway and traffic safety and other injury problems.  These projects use a “bottom up” approach involving citizens addressing key injury problems.
  • Training Projects - include structured training programs that support traffic safety issues and further the base of knowledge of those participating.
  • Youth Alcohol Projects - should include activities or programs that prevent underage (under 21) drinking and reduce impaired driving crashes among teens and the resulting deaths and injuries.
  • Youth Alcohol Enforcement Projects - consist of one or more officers patrolling high alcohol-related crash areas during the hours and days of peak alcohol usage.  The purpose of patrol will be to use probable cause to stop and arrest underage (under 21) impaired drivers, check for alcohol compliance at local businesses, and other deterrence programs.  Funding will be provided for officer overtime and can also be used to pay undercover buyers.
  • Other Projects - include new or innovative projects that reduce deaths and injuries related to traffic crashes and fall outside the other project areas, such as bicycle and pedestrian fatalities.

Generally, applications for HS Grant funding are accepted from mid-January to March 1 with award decisions made in April.  The grant contract period corresponds with the federal fiscal year, which runs from October 1 through September 30. 

Qualifying applicants shall submit their program proposal on MoDOT's standard application form, which is available by logging on to the Highway Safety Grants Management System below. For additional information or to obtain a user ID and password please call 800-800-2358.

Log in to the Highway Safety Grants Management System here.

The Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) grant provides financial assistance to support programs that reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes and hazardous materials incidents involving a commercial motor vehicle.  Areas of emphasis include driver and vehicle inspections, traffic enforcement, compliance reviews, carrier investigations, new entrant safety audits, public education and awareness, and data collection and quality. 

Generally, applications for funding are accepted from May to June with award decisions made the following May.  The grant contract period corresponds with the state fiscal year, which runs from July 1 through June 30. 

Applications are not submitted via the Highway Safety Grants Management System.  They are instead submitted directly to the MCSAP Coordinator within the Highway Safety Division Office, but contracts are created and managed in the Highway Safety Grants Management System.

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