NHTSA Offering $350M in Safety Data Transfer Grants

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently emphasized that applications for states, U.S. territories, and tribes for $350 million in grants to help upgrade and standardize state crash data systems, as well as enable full electronic transference of that data to the agency, are due by May 1.

[Above image by Utah Highway Patrol]

NHTSA said those grants will help enable intrastate safety data sharing – especially for improving the accuracy, timeliness, and accessibility of fatality data, including data about pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users. 

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The agency emphasized in a statement that this grant funding is available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the secretary of the Department of the Interior, when acting on behalf of an Indian tribe. 

“These grants will mean more state data coming to NHTSA faster, which means we can put this information to good use in pursuing our shared safety goal – saving lives,” noted Sophie Shulman, NHTSA’s deputy administrator, in a statement.

“State data tells us what’s happening on our roads and allows us to develop effective and responsive strategies, countermeasures, research, rulemakings, and consumer education campaigns,” she added.

NHTSA said that one of the goals of this grant program is to create a State Electronic Data Collection or SEDC program – an effort mandated by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA – and that states and territories receiving said grants will have five years to implement full electronic data transfers to the agency.

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