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Section 6: Other Traffic Safety Grant Awards

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STEP - Click It or Ticket (CIOT) Grants

Click It or Ticket (CIOT) is a statewide, high visibility enforcement effort designed to detect violators of safety belt and child safety seat laws. Part of a national mobilization effort to increase safety belt use, CIOT uses a proven combination of highly visible enforcement and intense public awareness campaigns over a two-week blitz period during the Memorial Day holiday period. While the program is statewide, heavy emphasis is focused on the Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Lubbock, Garland, Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and El Paso metropolitan areas.

The goal of CIOT is to save lives and reduce injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes. Television, radio, print, and billboard advertising aimed at raising awareness of safety belt laws and the consequences of not buckling up begins in late April and continues through early June.

If selected to participate in the two-week CIOT campaign, law enforcement agencies must conduct the following activities:

  • Pre-Surveys
  • Pre-Media Campaign
  • Enforcement Effort
  • Post-Surveys
  • Post-Media Campaign.

To view the appropriate time lines of these CIOT activities, see the STEP Wave Calendar located under “STEP Tool Box” on the eGrants Help Page.

To review the grant procedures for CIOT, see the CIOT Mobilization Instructions located on the eGrants Help Page.

NOTE: CIOT grants do not require a matching share from the subgrantee. However, if matching funds are included in the grant, the minimum grant percentage must be met by the subgrantee.

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STEP - Impaired Driving Mobilization (IDM) Grants

Impaired Driving Mobilization (IDM) provides grant money for local law enforcement agencies to conduct driving while intoxicated (DWI) enforcement Waves and increase DWI arrests as part of the statewide "Drink. Drive. Go to Jail." program held in conjunction with the national Impaired Driving Mobilization (IDM) campaign. Usually, IDM grants require a 20% minimum matching share from the subgrantee.

TRF-TS identifies areas of the state with the highest percentages of alcohol related crashes and then invites law enforcement agencies in these areas to participate in the IDM. These projects conduct quarterly enforcement mobilizations during the following holiday periods:

  • Christmas/New Years
  • Spring Break
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day (in conjunction with the National Impaired Driving Crackdown).

If selected to participate in the IDM campaign, law enforcement agencies must conduct the following activities:

  • Pre-Media Campaign
  • Enforcement Effort
  • Post-Media Campaign.

To view the appropriate timelines on these IDM activities, see the STEP Wave Calendar located under “STEP Tool Box” on the eGrants Help Page.

To review the grant procedures for IDM, see the Impaired Driving Mobilization Instructions located on the eGrants Help Page.

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STEP Incentive Grant Awards

To encourage greater levels of participation from law enforcement agencies across the state in the Labor Day Impaired Driving Mobilization (IDM) and the Memorial Day CIOT Mobilization, TxDOT offers a Labor Day IDM/Memorial Day CIOT Incentive Award Program. This program allows all participating agencies to become eligible for a random drawing for awards in the amount of $3,000 to purchase traffic safety related equipment and/or training.

To be eligible for the drawing, agencies are required to increase DWI enforcement, safety belt and child safety seat citations, conduct earned media activities, and report their data on eGrants within 30 days after the last mobilization activity is conducted. Only those agencies that volunteer to participate in the mobilization using their own funding (non-funded), or those agencies that currently receive other traffic safety grants that do not include an Incentive Award Program STEP element, are eligible for an incentive award. For example, if an agency has a STEP comprehensive grant that includes a DWI element, then the agency is not eligible for an IDM Incentive Award. Conversely, if an agency has a STEP grant that does not include a safety belt and child safety seat STEP element, then the agency is eligible for a CIOT Incentive Award.

The purchase and reimbursement process is handled through eGrants. TxDOT TSSs will notify the agencies that are selected and are authorized to make purchases. Purchases may only occur after the agency and TxDOT fully execute a Letter of Agreement within eGrants.

If selected for an Incentive Grant Award, please see the Incentive Project Grant Instructions located on the eGrants Help Page for grant procedures through the eGrants system.

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Project Celebration Mini-Grants

Project Celebration mini-grants are state-funded grants to approximately 600 high schools to assist in sponsoring alcohol-free events around prom and graduation time.

To review the grant procedures for Project Celebration, see the Project Celebration Instructions on the eGrants Help Page.

For more information on Project Celebration mini-grants, TRF-TS has created a Teen Project Celebration Guidebook available on DVD. Contact your local TSS or TRF Program Manager to order a copy.

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Target-of-Opportunity Projects

TRF-TS may recommend unanticipated or “target-of-opportunity” projects at any time. Such projects will require an amendment to the State Highway Safety Plan (HSP).

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Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Historically Underutilized Businesses

When possible, the Texas Traffic Safety Program will seek Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) participation through contracts and subcontracts for the purchase of goods or services. This is one of the reasons that the call for traffic safety project proposals is published annually in the Texas Register.

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