U.S. Department of Transportation
The mission of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is to serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) promotes motor vehicle and highway safety by working to reduce impaired and distracted driving, and support driver education efforts.
NHTSA funding opportunities
NHTSA's Office of Regional Operations and Program Delivery (ROPD) administers over $500 million in grant programs annually to the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Territories and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Under Section 405, NHTSA awards grants for efforts relating to occupant protection, state traffic safety information systems, impaired driving countermeasures, distracted driving prevention, motorcyclist safety and state graduated driver licensing laws.
Selected Programs and Initiatives
- Car crashes are the leading cause of death among teens. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed a three-tiered strategy to prevent motor-vehicle-related deaths and injuries of teens by increasing seat belt use, implementing graduated driver licensing laws, and reducing teens' access to alcohol and drugs through parental responsibility and parents setting house rules. Outreach to teen drivers and their parents is done through programs, partnerships, and targeted social media campaigns.
- NHTSA also works to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving through programs and campaigns. Distracted driving includes talking or texting on a phone, eating and drinking, paying attention to an entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes attention away from the task of safe driving.