State highway safety leaders from across the country were in Washington March 11-12 to meet with congressional staff and leaders of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The purpose of the visit was to outline the states' highway safety priorities for reauthorization of TEA-21 (Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century).
In addition to restructuring federal highway transit and motor carrier programs, TEA-21 authorized $2.3 billion for highway safety grant programs for fiscal years 1998-2003. Members of the National Association of Governors' Highway Safety Representatives (NAGHSR) are responsible for administering these funds in accordance with their governors' highway safety plan.
Congress is expected to conduct oversight hearings on TEA-21 this year and then debate legislation early next year.