Federal Highway Safety Grants Go Mostly Unclaimed Over Stringent Qualifications
Aside from funding issues with the U.S. Highway Trust Fund, state governments are having a difficult time applying — and receiving — federal grants to make their part of the system safer.
USA Today reports grants for graduated licensing for teens, ignition interlocks for DUI offenders, and distracted driving prevention have gone largely unclaimed. Though several states have laws on the books that would merit the boost, the qualifications necessary for each grant and the two-year time frame for each grant are too much of an obstacle to make the attempt, let alone be rejected by the federal government.
As a result, no states received grants for graduated licensing. New Jersey came close by mandating restrictions until the driver is 18 — which the grant requires — but the rest of the state’s GDL legislation failed to match up with the rest of the grant’s requirements.
Additionally, four states qualified for the ignition interlock grant by meeting the requirement that all first-time offenders must use interlocks for no less than 30 days.
Finally, Connecticut was the only state to win a grant for distracted driving prevention by imposing minimum fines that escalate with every new offense, as well as warn of the issue in driver’s licensing exams.
It's no wonder why the fund is bankrupt. A large amount of the money goes to non-road uses. There is around 30% misallocation. Not a single dime of that money should be going to bike paths. Bikers should be taxed for bike paths. Congress should simply use a graduated tax on gas - instead of a locked 18.4 cents - which responds to inflation. Just treat it as a tax on drivers and it won't go insolvent. But stop letting liberals dip into it to fund their personal projects. Bike paths are a waste and lower productivity/efficiency.
In Honolulu the everyday observance is cyclists in a busy roadway, then come upon a red light, shoot onto the sidewalk...pedestrians and people waiting at bus stops are invisible, blast thru the crosswalk back onto the road. All of this without a glace to the side. They are used to people watching for them I guess.
So much pork it feels like a hearty breakfast. "state to win a grant for distracted driving prevention by imposing minimum fines that escalate with every new offense, as well as warn of the issue in driver’s licensing exams." So CT gets paid for what its supposed to be doing in the first place, ya know, governing?