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SHSO Programs & Funding

State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) administer a variety of grant programs that are authorized and funded through federal legislation.

Highway Safety Programs

The Highway Safety Act of 1966 authorized the first federal highway safety program–the State and Community Highway Safety Grant Program (or Section 402). Since then, Congress has revised national highway safety grant programs many times through reauthorizing legislation, creating new incentive grants, penalties and sanctions.

MAP-21 Behavioral Highway Safety Programs

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) is the surface transportation bill that authorizes the federal surface transportation programs – including highway safety programs – for Federal Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014. (The federal fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.) It is currently operating under a special extension.

  • Section 405
    National Priority Safety Program
    Includes sub-sections for:
    • impaired driving
    • occupant protection
    • traffic records
    • motorcyclist safety
    • distracted driving
    • graduated driver licencing

SAFETEA-LU Behavioral Highway Safety Programs

The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) authorized highway safety programs for Federal Fiscal Years 2006 - 2009. It operated under special extentions until it was replaced by MAP-21 in 2012.

  • Section 402
    State and Community Highway Safety Grant Program
  • Section 405
    Occupant Protection Incentive Grants
  • Section 406
    Safety Belt Performance Grants
  • Section 408
    State Traffic Safety Information System Improvement Grants
  • Section 410
    Alcohol-Impaired Driving Countermeasure Incentive Grants

Highway Safety Funding

State highway safety programs are funded through federal appropriations. State laws can impact the amount and type of funding that states receive for different programs.

The charts linked below summarize the amount of highway safety funding allocated to the states and territories from FY 2006 through FY 2015. Amounts are broken down by program.