NHTSA Seeks 9-1-1 Feedback on Grant Program
Monday, May 02, 2022 | Comments

The Office of EMS and the National 911 Program, housed within the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), encouraged 9-1-1 and EMS professionals to provide public-safety feedback on its annual Highway Safety Grant Program.

Throughout the pandemic, traffic crashes have been on the rise. Annual 2020 traffic crash data shows that 38,824 lives were lost marking the highest number since 2007. The DOT’s National Roadway Safety Strategy describes the major actions the DOT will take to significantly reduce fatalities and serious injuries on the nation’s roadways. The strategy includes five complementary objectives of safer people, safer roads, safer vehicles, safer speeds and post-crash care.

Post-crash care, which relies heavily on the skills and resources of 9-1-1 professionals and EMS clinicians, emphasizes responder safety and caring for people injured in a crash to prevent their injuries from becoming fatal.

“EMS and 9-1-1 professionals play a critical role in saving lives both before and after a motor vehicle crash,” said Gam Wijetunge, director of the Office of EMS. “We are asking EMS and 9-1-1 agencies to provide input into how highway safety resources are allocated to make our roadways safer. This is a unique opportunity to improve the delivery of EMS throughout the nation.”

NHTSA seeks feedback on how to reduce disparities, increase community participation and implement the National Roadway Safety Strategy (NRSS) in its formula grant program. The grant program awards more than $630 million annually in Section 402 State and Community, Section 405 National Priority Safety Programs, and Section 1906 Racial Profiling Data Collection grants to the states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to carry out highway safety programs within their jurisdictions.

To obtain input, NHTSA published a request for comment (RFC) in the Federal Register to solicit feedback on the upcoming changes to the Highway Safety Grant Program. The RFC will be open for comment for 30 days from the date of issuance and includes instructions on how stakeholders can submit information.

In addition to the written comment option, NHTSA will hold three virtual public hearings on May 2, May 4, and May 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) each day. Registration is required for each session.

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