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Ohio Traffic Safety Office

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The Federal Highway Safety Act of 1966 directed the U.S. Department of Transportation to administer various highway safety programs. This grant program provides federal funds administered through the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) and Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) to eligible entities to be used for projects such as traffic safety education, enforcement and engineering. Funds are used for highway safety support based on problem identification to reduce overall fatal and injury crashes. This program operates on a reimbursement basis.

OTSO administers the Section 402 State and Community grants, related National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awards and initiatives, and contracts for traffic safety activities. Competitive grant proposals are accepted and reviewed annually, with funds awarded to traffic safety projects that will have the greatest impact on reducing fatal crashes or that significantly improve traffic safety systems. Since partnerships are critical to the long-term success of a project effort, applicants are encouraged to develop broad-based support and commitment from officials and constituent groups toward addressing traffic safety concerns.

Grant Priority Areas

Each grant proposal must focus on one or more of these priority program areas:

  • Restraint use
  • Impaired driving
  • Speed management
  • Motorcycle safety
  • Youthful drivers
  • Distracted driving
  • Traffic records
  • Engineering

In addition, competitive grant proposals must include an evaluation strategy that assesses the impact of proposed project activities on the selected priority areas. Based on the proposed strategies, each grant proposal must show how the effectiveness of the proposed activities will be measured. Each proposal is compared to the Countermeasures that Work to ensure projects selected for funding are evidence-based.

Ohio Safe Communities

Ohio Safe Communities is a data-driven initiative to save lives and reduce injuries through collaboration among state, county and local partners. In FFY 2021 there are 45 countywide community-based programs. Each program has five primary goals:

  1. Increasing seat belt usage
  2. Increasing seat belt and impaired driving awareness
  3. Increasing motorcycle safety awareness
  4. Coalition building
  5. Fatal data review

Download Ohio Safe Communities contact information.

Parental Involvement

Parents and guardians are key factors to teen driver safety. Visit the Teach Your Teen To Drive website for Ohio requirements, resources, and other educational information to help your teen.

Have Questions?

Email Ohio Traffic Safety Office

Or call us at (614) 466-3250

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