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Section 2: General Traffic Safety Proposals

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Introduction

General Traffic Safety Proposals may be submitted by state and local governments, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. Proposals may be submitted for funding consideration under any of the 14 highway safety program areas (see “Highway Safety Program Areas” in Chapter 2, Section 2) for a yearlong (one-year) grant term.

All General Traffic Safety Proposals must include:

  • a problem identification (see Chapter 2, Section 3) that includes:
    • a problem statement
    • documentation of data
  • a project plan that includes:
    • a problem solution
    • objective, performance measures, and targets
  • a budget (See Section 7 of this chapter) for detailed budget instructions.
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Problem Statement

The problem identification process involves obtaining and analyzing historical motor vehicle traffic crash data that is relevant to the problem and proposed project to determine the who, what, when, where, how, and why of an existing problem.

The problem identification description is one of the most important parts of a proposal. It must:

  • contain a clear, concise, and accurate description of a clearly identified traffic safety problem that the project aims to address
  • be supported by relevant traffic safety data, including:
    • causes of fatalities, injuries, crashes and property damage, site location (city, county, roadway section, statewide), and target population data
    • traffic safety data that is current and specific to Texas/local communities
    • other pertinent data, such as safety belt use, which may be included or substituted for crash data
    • data that is sourced correctly for traffic safety purposes.

    NOTE: Data must show an over-representation, or data represented in excessive or disproportionately large numbers. For state projects, state data should be compared to national data. For local projects, local data should be compared to state data.

A strong problem identification description accurately defines the nature and magnitude of the specific problem or problems to be addressed by the proposed project. Causes of fatalities, injuries, crashes and property damage, site location (city, county, roadway section, statewide), and target population data are important information to problem identification.

See Problem Identification and Solution in the eGrants help system for more information and assistance on entering the problem identification and solution into the eGrants proposal form pages.

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Project Plan

The Project Plan consists of the following components:

  1. Problem Solution: The proposed solution must briefly describe the scope of work and activities that will be performed to address the stated traffic safety problem or problems. The solution must include methods, countermeasures, and strategies that could reduce problem severity, eliminate the problem, or increase traffic law compliance. The problem solution must also detail the “who-what-when-where-how” in order to assist in project evaluation. See Problem Identification and Solution in the eGrants help system for more information and assistance on entering the problem identification and solution into the eGrants proposal form pages.
  2. Objectives, Performance Measures and Targets: The objective briefly indicates the specific purpose of the project. It tells the reviewer what the proposal plans to achieve if a grant is awarded. Objectives must follow the SMART principle; that is, they must be Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic and Time-framed. See the table below for examples of SMART objectives entered in eGrants.

NOTE: Projects may not extend beyond September 30 of the last fiscal year for which they are proposed.

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Objective 1

Objective 2

Objective 3

Action Verb

To conduct…

To train…

To increase…

Target

12

30

92%

Baseline

N/A

N/A

82%

Performance Measures

CPS Checkup Events

Drug Recognition Experts (DREs)

Child Safety Seat Usage

Completion Date

September 30, 2016

September 30, 2016

September 30, 2016



Performance measures and targets provide guidance to determine efficiency and effectiveness of the project and serve as measures of project progress. Each performance measure should be designed as an evaluative mechanism for measuring the project’s level of success. Performance targets determine the degree of progress toward achievement of established performance measures and the effect on identified problems. Performance targets are expressed quantitatively (numbers of things) and are monitored and reported throughout the grant or contract period.

See “Objectives and Performance Measures” on the eGrants Proposal Help Page for more information and assistance on entering the problem identification and solution into the eGrants proposal form pages.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publication Countermeasures that Work: A Highway Safety Countermeasure Guide for State Highway Safety Offices, Eighth Edition, 2015, provides a guide to selecting effective science-based traffic countermeasures for major highway safety problem areas. This publication can serve as a source for traffic safety project ideas.

NOTE: Proposals for potential statewide projects in public schools must include a plan for securing permission from superintendents to conduct the project in their schools.

NOTE: Proposals requiring safety seats must include the safety seats in the proposal as a budgeted item, including quantity and budget amount to support the purchase. The estimated value of a child safety seat is $50 per seat. Proposals must include storage, shipping and distribution method(s).

Public Information and Education (PI&E) material is to contain and communicate educational information. These items need to be listed separately in the grant agreement.

  • Educational - material that educates and informs an audience, not to generate goodwill or create an incentive behavior. These materials include items such as activity books, coloring books, brochures, posters, flyers, envelope stuffers, etc.
  • Promotional - These materials are not allowable and cannot be used as match.

Previously, promotional items were allowable. However, as a result of NHTSA’s new guidance ruling, these items are no longer allowed. Please refer to the January 19, 2016 NHTSA Memorandum on the Use of NHTSA Funds to Purchase Items for Distribution for more information.

All PI&E being proposed must be presented in a PI&E objective, complete with activities and target numbers.

See Chapter 5, Section 9, “Public Information and Education,” for more information concerning PI&E.

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