Alcohol Open Container Requirements
NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Highway Safety Act of 1998, as amended, 23 U.S.C 154.
To encourage States to enact and enforce an alcohol open container law.
Types of Assistance
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds transferred from NHTSA must be used for alcohol-impaired driving countermeasures or enforcement of driving while intoxicated (DWI), driving under the influence DUI) and other related laws. A State may elect to use all or part of its transferred funds for activities eligible under Section 152 Hazard Elimination program.
States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
State Highway Safety agencies.
If a State has not enacted and is not enforcing a Repeat Intoxicated Driver Law, then a State meets eligibility requirements. After being informed by NHTSA that it is eligible for a grant, the State submits to the agency a plan that describes the programs the State will implement using the funds.
Application and Award Process
None. This program is excluded From coverage under E.O. 12372.
NHTSA Regional Administrators coordinate the qualification process with the Office of Injury Control Operations and Resources. This program is eligible for coverage under Executive Order 12372, Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.
Once the State provides the agency with a split letter to NHTSA, the State will be given access to the transfer and can obligate the funds.
States must have a compliant law by September 30 of each year.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Applicant should receive a response from the agency, between 30 to 90 days.
Formula and Matching Requirements
If a State has not enacted or is not enforcing an alcohol open container law by September 30 of each fiscal year, it will receive a transfer in the amount of three-percent of the funds apportioned to the State under Section 402.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The Federal share is reimbursed on claims submitted in vouchers covering costs incurred. All participants have converted to the electronic transfer of funds method of payment. Funds placed in obligation are available until expended.
Post Assistance Requirements
The Annual Report required under the Section 402 State and Community Highway Safety formula grant program must include a progress report on the prior year's program and accomplishments.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, Audits of State and Local governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend $500,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt for Federal audit requirements for that year. For direct procurement contracts, audit will be conducted in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
The project sponsor shall retain records for 3 years following submission of a final expenditure report and other project deliverables.
(Grants)FY 07 $92,971,359; FY 08 and FY 09 est not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$2,500,000 to $16,281,000. Average: $6,400,000.
In FY 2007, 11 States and Puerto Rico received Section 154 transfer funds.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
23 CFR 1270.
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for the addresses of the Regional Offices of NHTSA.
For program issues, Tami Levitas, Office of Regional Operations and Program Delivery (NTI-200), NHTSA,1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20590, by telephone at (202) 366-2121 or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For legal issues, Roland Baumann, Office of Chief Counsel, NCC-113, NHTSA,1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590, by telephone at (202) 366-1834 or by E-mail at email@example.com.
Web Site Address
Examples of Funded Projects
Criteria for Selecting Proposals