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Section Section 406 Safety Belt
Performance Grants

All State Highway Safety Grant Programs

History and Administration

The Section 406 Safety Belt Performance 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.

Purpose

This grant program was created to encourage states to enact and enforce primary seat belt laws, which allow law enforcement officers to ticket a driver for not wearing a seat belt, without any other traffic offense taking place.

Requirements

States were eligible for this grant if the has an actively enforced primary seat belt law or achieved 85% or higher seat belt usage rate for two consective years beginning in FY 2006.

The first $1 million of a state's apportionment was required to be used for behavioral highway safety purposes. The reaminder may have been used for any safety infrastructure purpose or for any project that corrected or improved a hazardous roadway location or proactively addressed a safety problem.

Funding

States with primary belt laws enacted after Dec. 31, 2002 received a one-time grant equal to 4.75 times the state's FY 2003 Section 402 apportionment. States with an 85% or higher usage rate for two consecutive years beginning in FY 2006 received a similar one-time apportionment in the last two years of the authorization. States with primary belt laws enacted prior to Dec. 31, 2002 received a one-time grant equal to two times their FY 2003 Section 402 apportionment.

New primary belt law states received their apportionments first, followed by high belt use states, followed by older primary belt law states. Unallocated funding in FY 2009 was able to be reallocated to all eligible primary belt law states. The federal share was 100%.

SAFETEA-LU authorized the Section 406 program at $124.5 million each year.

Total dollar amounts allocated are shown below. Click on a column header to see all federal highway safety funding for that fiscal year.

State
Ala. 1,911,407 3,427,509   1,087,700      
Alaska 3,725,188     496,323      
A.S. 280,773 503,477   165,441      
Ariz.              
Ark.       10,314,440      
Calif. 10,796,370 19,359,902   6,019,555      
Colo.              
Conn. 1,112,428 1,994,790   621,456      
Del. 3,725,188     496,323      
D.C. 561,545 1,006,955   496,323      
Fla.       38,504,268      
Ga.     20,698,353        
Guam 280,773 503,477   165,441      
Hawaii 561,545 1,006,955   496,323      
Idaho              
Ill. 29,727,619     2,510,639      
Indian
Ntns.
             
Ind.   15,738,565   1,340,894      
Iowa 1,608,264 2,883,916   914,942      
Kan.         11,184,630    
Ky.   11,210,594   949,340      
La. 1,687,944 3,026,798   946,883      
Maine     3,725,188 496,323      
Md. 1,717,137 3,079,145   959,295      
Mass.              
Mich. 3,661,660 6,566,038   2,049,752      
Minn.       16,611,734      
Miss. 8,713,448     744,873      
Mo.              
Mont.              
Neb.              
Nev.     5,527,409        
N.H.              
N.J. 2,642,724 4,738,896   1,480,404      
N.M. 927,071 1,662,411   558,230      
N.Y. 6,174,421 11,071,887   3,443,334      
N.C. 2,982,908 5,348,910   1,683,570      
N.D.              
M.P. 280,773 503,477   165,441      
Ohio              
Okla. 1,752,468 3,142,500   992,543      
Ore. 1,430,417 2,565,005   776,739      
Pa.     28,633,342        
P.R. 1,186,295 2,127,249   665,545      
R.I.           3,725,188  
S.C. 10,576,645     895,630      
S.D.              
Tenn. 14,726,112     1,258,599      
Texas 7,991,667 14,330,547   4,502,124      
Utah     6,130,906        
Vt.       3,725,188      
V.I. 280,773 503,477   165,441      
Va.              
Wash. 2,231,437 4,001,383   1,260,593      
W.Va.     5,092,399        
Wis       16,538,351      
Wy.              
Total $ 123,255,000 120,303,863 69,807,597 124,500,000 11,184,630 3,725,188 0
Total States 22 + D.C., PR, 4 Terr. 18 + D.C., PR, 4 Terr. 6 29 + D.C., PR, 4 Terr. 1 1 0