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Ohio Traffic Safety Office
Traffic in both directions on a busy highway at dusk.

The Federal Highway Safety Act of 1966 directed the U.S. Department of Transportation to administer various highway safety programs. This grant program provides federal funds administered through the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) and Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) to eligible entities to be used for projects such as traffic safety education, enforcement and engineering. Funds are used for highway safety support based on problem identification to reduce overall fatal and injury crashes. Competitive grant proposals are accepted and reviewed annually, with funds awarded to traffic safety projects that will have the greatest impact on reducing fatal crashes or that significantly improve traffic safety systems.

Grant Priority Areas

Each grant proposal must focus on one or more of these priority program areas:

  • Restraint use
  • Impaired driving
  • Speed management
  • Motorcycle safety
  • Youthful drivers
  • Distracted driving
  • Traffic records
  • Engineering

Ohio Safe Communities

Ohio Safe Communities is a data-driven initiative to save lives and reduce injuries through collaboration among state, county and local partners. Each program has five primary goals:

  • Increasing seat belt usage
  • Increasing seat belt and impaired driving awareness
  • Increasing motorcycle safety awareness
  • Coalition building
  • Fatal data review

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