Section 1906 Racial Profiling Prohibition
History and Administration
The Section 1906 Racial Profiling Prohibition Grants program was authorized under SAFETEA-LU. It was administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at the federal level and the State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) at the state level. This program was not reauthorized under MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century.
This program was created to provide grants to states that prohibit racial profiling.
A state was eligible for this grant if it:
- 1) Enacted and enforced a law that prohibits the use of racial profiling in the enforcement of state laws regulating the use of federal-aid highways, and 2) Maintained and allowed public inspection of race and ethnicity data for each motor vehicle stop made by law enforcement officials on federal-aid highways, OR
- Provided assurances to the Department of Transportation that the state was undertaking activities to comply with 1) and 2).
Eligible states were able to use grant funds to:
- Collect and maintain data on traffic stops
- Evaluate the results of the data
- Develop and implement programs to reduce racial profiling (including law enforcement training programs)
- Undertake activities to comply with the basic requirements of the grant program
- Undertake any activities relating to enacting and enforcing a law and collecting data on traffic stops
SAFETEA-LU authorized the Section 1906 program at $7.5 million each year. Eligible states could not receive more than 5% of total funding or grants for more than two years. The federal share payable was 80%. Funds were available until expended and could not be transferred.
Total dollar amounts allocated are shown below. Click on a column header to see all federal highway safety funding for that fiscal year.