As is appropriate for a National Strategy in which everyone has a role, funding comes from many sources. States and communities make substantial expenditures to enforce their passenger protection laws and to educate the public about seat belt and child safety seat use. The private sector has also contributed substantially toward education, legislation, and enforcement activities to increase seat belt use. In particular, members of the Air Bag Safety Campaign will contribute over $14 million toward the Campaign during its first two years, and many individual companies are conducting additional activities at their own expense. Virtually every highway safety organization in America is participating actively in this effort. The benefits that these organizations receive, in reduced traffic injuries, fatalities, and economic costs, will far exceed their expenditures. The level of voluntary commitment and funding that currently exists must continue.
The Federal Government has done, and will continue to do, its part. Specific funds to increase seat belt and child safety seat use are included in the Department of Transportation's FY 1998 budget request and the Department's reauthorization proposal. In FY 1998, the Department has requested $10.184 million for occupant protection activities and an additional $9 million for occupant protection incentive grants to states. The Department of Transportation's reauthorization proposal includes $20 million in each of the years FY 1998-2001 and $22 million for each of the years FY 2002-2003 for state occupant protection incentive grants. It is expected that states, annually, will allocate more than $20 million of the funds they receive from the Department of Transportation's Section 402 traffic safety grants for occupant protection activities.