AHSO eGrants FAQs
Question 1: How does AHSO determine what programs will be funded?
Answer: The annual process for determining what projects will receive federal traffic safety funding starts with a thorough analysis of the most recent Arkansas traffic crash data that is coordinated by the AHSO using FARS and eCrash data. Emphasis is placed on the three highest priority traffic safety performance measures for states:
- Number of traffic crash fatalities
- Number of suspected serious injuries
- Fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled
Multi-year data analysis provides insight into the most critical problems associated with fatal and serious injury crashes. Crash data is the basis for identifying where, when, how, and why these crashes occur. Arkansas’ annual seat belt observation survey and similar studies also assist with problem identification.
Along with data analysis, the AHSO works with partners and stakeholders to generate input, ideas, and suggestions for possible programming. This includes the Strategic Highway Safety Action Plan’s (produced every five years) action teams, regional Traffic Safety Networks, and grantees.
AHSO directs resources toward countermeasures that have demonstrated research-based success at reducing fatalities and serious injuries. These behavior-based countermeasures are most likely to increase seat belt and child safety seat use, reduce impaired and distracted driving as well as compliance with other life-saving traffic safety laws.
Under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, states receive federal funding to support national and state priorities for reducing roadway deaths, injuries and economic losses. Arkansas also qualifies for funding for occupant protection, impaired driving, state traffic safety information system improvements, motorcyclist safety, and nonmotorized safety (pedestrian and bicycle).
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Michael Catanach, Program Manager - eGrants, STEPS (AHSO)