GUIDELINES FOR SECTION 405d FUNDING PROPOSALS
Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau - Iowa Department of Public Safety
The Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) administers the federally funded Section 402 Highway Safety Program authorized on December 4, 2015, when President Obama signed into law P.L. 114-94, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The FAST Act authorizes the federal surface transportation programs for highways, highway safety and transit. Federal highway safety programs are administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation established in 1966 to combat the growing number of traffic related deaths and injuries. The Federal 405d Program is designed to help states, counties and communities initiate programs to combat the problem of impaired driving. Impaired driving and non-use of restraints are the leading causes of death and injury in traffic crashes in both Iowa and the Nation.
While 405d monies focus on impaired driving, other traffic safety activities, such as enforcement of seat belt, speed and stop violations are reported. Applicants are encouraged to "leverage" funds from the GTSB with staff, financial or other resources they can contribute to a proposed project. Section 405d is a one-year program with a new application required annually. Proposals must be submitted by February 29th for consideration for a program that will begin the following October 1st.
To qualify for Section 405d funding, agencies must be in one of Iowa’s designated Top 40 Problem Counties determined annually by an in-depth traffic data analysis of alcohol-related crashes, fatalities and injuries and OWI revocations. Agencies in counties ranked 1-22 are eligible regardless of population. Agencies in counties ranked 23-40 must be in cities with a population of 5,000 or more unless their jurisdiction is countywide. (See eligible counties below)
Section 405d programs may include elements such as directed overtime enforcement, educational presentations, equipment, training and/or public information campaigns. Enforcement agencies requesting overtime are required to direct that overtime enforcement to high-risk times (typically evening) and at high-risk locations for impaired driving crashes and to participate in two multi-agency enforcement efforts during the program. Agencies are required to conduct public awareness through media releases, news articles and/or educational presentations.
AGENCY’S CURRENT RESOURCES
If your agency is asking for overtime for traffic enforcement, you must provide the number of sworn officers in your department and the average overtime rate of pay. If your agency is asking for any equipment, you must complete the Equipment Information Section of the application.
REQUESTED PROGRAM ELEMENTS/BUDGET
This section tells us exactly what your agency is requesting to carry out your proposed program. These elements, if approved, will make up your contract budget. While an estimate, be as specific as possible. Estimated project costs are categorized as follows:
1. Personal Services - Overtime and training-related travel expenses.
2. Commodities - Educational materials acquired and consumed specifically for the program. They must include an impaired driving prevention message pre-approved by the Bureau.
3. Equipment - Cost of equipment provided for the grantee. Preliminary breath testers (PBTs) and in-car video cameras are examples of equipment.
If approved, your agency will commit to at least the first statement in this section of the application and then to all other statements that apply. Statement 1 is a commitment to conduct the program activities and provide the required reports in a timely manner as well as an annual report at the end of the program year. Statements 2-4 apply only to law enforcement agencies committing to traffic enforcement and public education. Statements 5 and 6 relate to obtaining prior approvals for an impaired driving prevention message to be printed on educational materials and for any out-of-state travel taken in support of the program. Statement 7 is a commitment to provide an HSP-3 form and a digital photo of any equipment purchased.
The agency head or other person with signatory authority must sign the completed application.
Examples of Items Commonly Funded under the Section 405d Program
- Overtime for educational presentations on impaired driving
- Overtime for enforcement or dispatch services
- Training-related travel
- Educational materials with impaired driving prevention information
- In-car video cameras
- Fatal Vision Goggles
Examples of Items NOT Funded under the Section 405d Program
- Radar or lidar units
- Office furniture
- Bicycle helmets
- Child safety seats
- Alcoholic beverages
- Signs or roadway hardware
- Overtime for seat belt surveys
- Vehicles (cars, motorcycles, boats)
- Salary for existing personnel (considered supplanting)
- Entertainment or refreshment (coffee, donuts) expenses
- Any equipment ordered prior to the effective date of the contract
- Any equipment received after the expiration date of the contract.
- Equipment to replace a GTSB-funded piece of equipment less than 5 years old.
For Further Information/Assistance, Contact the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau at 515-725-6121
Applications must be submitted On-line via www.iowagrants.gov by Midnight, February 29th
Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau
215 East 7th Street, 3rd Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319-0248
Top 40 Section 405d Eligible Counties
Bold=Counties 1-22 *Those not in bold must have a population of 5,000+