402 Youth Set Aside Guidance

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    U.S. Department of

    National Highway
    Traffic Safety

    Guidance on Youth Set-Aside Funds     Date: March 7, 1996
    Adele Derby 
    Associate Administrator
    Office of State and Community Services
    Adele Derby signature
    Reply to
    Attn. of:
    Regional Administrators I-X

    As a follow-up to our recent efforts to collect data on Section 402 funds programmed for youth, I want to remind you and your staff about the parameters of the FY 1996 set-aside funds. As with the FY 1994 and FY 1995 youth alcohol set-sides, the funds are intended to supplement, not supplant, existing efforts in this area. Therefore, States are required to maintain the level of effort identified for the youth programs prior to the set-aside. In our March 1995 Report to Congress (attached), we indicated, with your help, each State's FY 1993 Section 402 level of funding.

    As you know, the FY 1996 appropriations increased the set-aside from $8 million to $9.2 million. Additionally, the report language accompanying the FY 1996 Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act broadened the eligible program areas and activities beyond underage drinking and driving concerns. Because of the significant over-representation of youth in fatal crashes, the Congressional intent is to recommend State comprehensive youth traffic safety approaches to include: combating drinking and driving; increasing safety belt use; reducing speeding and other risk-taking behavior, and promotion of graduated licensing and zero tolerance laws for younger drivers.

    Please encourage your States to use the set-aside fund in these areas. Likewise, please inform the States that their FY 1996 maintenance level of effort (their FY 1993 Section 402 youth alcohol spending amount) can be satisfied with the amounts planned in program efforts in any of the comprehensive youth traffic safety approaches mentioned above.


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