Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety's Office of Highway Safety
and Justice Programs (OHSJP) is charged with the responsibility of the administration of
the federally-funded State and Community Highway Safety (Section 402) Program and coordination of highway safety activities throughout the state
on behalf of the Office of the Governor. The State and Community Highway Safety Program originated under the Highway Safety Act of 1966.
More recently, on July 6, 2012, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st
Century Act (MAP-21) was signed into law which substantially restructured
highway safety grant programs. MAP-21 requires the Highway Safety Plan
(HSP) to provide for a data-driven traffic safety enforcement program to
prevent traffic violations, crashes, and crash fatalities and injuries in
areas of the state most at risk for such incidents.
Each year, South Carolina receives approximately $3 million in Section 402 funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
of the US Department of Transportation. These funds, as well as other pools of federal funds for which the state may qualify or apply and
receive, are used to assist, via grants, eligible entities in carrying out specific programs that will have a direct impact in reducing the number of
collisions and traffic-related fatalities and injuries. Only State agencies, political subdivisions (city/county governments), private,
non-profit organizations listed as 501(c)3, and State, local and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments are eligible for grants under
this program. Highway Safety grant funds are awarded to qualified applicants to create new or expand existing highway safety programs, with
the intention that such initiatives continue when grant funding is discontinued.
Applications for a Highway Safety grant must be submitted to the OHSJP by the scheduled deadline in
February. An application must provide
evidence of being cost-effective and must describe in detail the highway safety problem to be addressed, project approach and methodology, goals
and objectives of the project, evaluation measures, and implementation schedule; a detailed description of the proposed budget must also be
submitted. The grant funding cycle is normally from October 1 - September 30.
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety is an internationally accredited agency.
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