State Safety Office
Occupant Protection/Child Passenger Safety
"Correctly using a child restraint for a young child or
wearing a seat belt by older children and
Occupant Protection Program requires a combination of legislation and use requirements, enforcement, communication, education, and incentive strategies necessary to achieve significant, lasting increases in seat belt and child safety seat usage. Programs receiving grant funding in this priority area are focused on three major program related categories:
Current Seat Belt Use Rate: 88.8%
Occupant Protection Grants
Child Safety Grants
Programs should focus on seat belt use awareness, enforcement, special needs, teens, minority programs, and other education programs. This area also includes establishing or expanding child passenger safety inspection stations, child passenger safety awareness training, school bus safety, special needs training, and other child passenger safety programs. Items eligible for funding under this category may include: educational materials, survey materials, variable message boards, child safety seats, inspection station supplies, trailers for use as mobile inspection stations, and public awareness materials.
All program areas funded with grant funds are required to have an evaluation method that will allow assessment of the funded program's level of success in reducing fatalities and injuries.
Occupant Protection Incentive Grants (Section 405-B)
Purpose: To encourage States to adopt and implement effective occupant protection programs to reduce highway deaths and injuries resulting from unrestrained or improperly restrained vehicle occupants.
Use of Funds: To implement and enforce occupant protection programs
The following are what 405-B Occupant Protection Incentive Grants funding can reimburse:
High-visibility enforcement mobilizations including paid media
Training of occupant protection safety professionals, police officers, fire and emergency medical personnel, educators and parents about all aspects of the use of child restraints and occupant protection
Public education concerning proper use and installation of child restraints including related equipment and information systems
Community child passenger safety services, including programs about proper seating positions for children and how to reduce the improper use of child restraints
Purchase and distribution of child restraints to low-income families (maximum of 5 percent of funds apportioned in a fiscal year)
Establish and maintain occupant protection information systems, including the collection and administration of child passenger safety and occupant protection surveys
Child Safety and Child Booster Seat Incentive Grants (Section 2011)
The Section 2011 Child Safety and Child Booster Seat Incentive Grant grant program was authorized under SAFETEA-LU. It is administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at the federal level and the State Safety Office (SSO) at the state level.
This grant program encourages states to enact and enforce booster seat requirements.
The Florida Highway Patrol employs a Roll-Over Simulator to demonstrate the benefit of seat belt use.
Florida Law requires that all drivers and front seat passengers use seat belts when the vehicle is in motion. In addition, all persons under 18 years old are required to be restrained by a seat belt or child restraint device. FS 316.614
Short high-visibility enforcement campaigns are a proven high cost countermeasure.
The Florida Highway Patrol participates in the Click It or Ticket Campaigns.
For more information contact Ralph Salvas @ (850) 414-4048