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Office of Traffic Safety

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety


Grant Programs

TZD Enforcement Grant Program

The Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Enforcement grant program provides federal funds to law enforcement agencies to conduct highly-visible, well publicized traffic safety enforcement campaigns. The grant funding will be used for overtime enforcement to address all traffic safety issues with an emphasis on impaired driving, occupant protection, speed and distracted driving. General information about the program can be found on the DPS Web site under Law Enforcement Partners. Questions? Contact Shannon Swanson, or (651) 201-7063.   

TZD Safe Roads Grant Program

The TZD Safe Roads Grant program integrates the concepts of the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) statewide initiative by bringing together community stakeholders from education, engineering, emergency medical services and enforcement. TZD Safe Roads grants focus on connecting crash data and statewide efforts with local collaborations and activities. It also makes use of research and evaluation studies that point to the activities and best practices for the greatest impact in reducing traffic deaths and serious injuries. For more information including approved grant activities, contact Gordy Pehrson at (651) 201-7072.

Integrated Judicial and Administrative Ignition Interlock Program

Proposals were received from judicial districts and probation services within a county to pilot a judicial ignition interlock program that coordinates with the current administrative ignition interlock program. The program requires counties or judicial districts to expand the use of ignition interlock and use it as a tool for reducing impaired driving and increasing legal driving. For more information, contact Jody Oscarson at (651) 201-7069.

DWI Court Programs

This project supports judicial leadership in the development of DWI Courts for repeat DWI offenders.  The Minnesota Supreme Court and Office of Juvenile Justice Programs have dedicated state and federal grant funding for the implementation of Drug Courts which were used as a model for the DWI Courts.  The project will augment state, local and other federal funding to support judicially led court programs that follow the DWI Court model to supervise  high risk DWI offenders. For more information, contact Jane Landwehr at (651) 201-7074.

Hazard Elimination Grants

The OTS provides grant funding to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for a variety of roadway hazard elimination projects. These safety countermeasures include cable median barrier installations; conflict reduction treatments for high serious crash intersections; installation of turn lanes; installation of rumble strips and rumble stripes; enhanced visibility highway striping; a pedestrian and bicycle safety handbook for Minnesota highway engineers; installation of impact absorbing guard rails; and the generation of roadway safety plans by Minnesota counties and MnDOT districts in tandem with a variety of highway safety stakeholders.  For more information, contact Bill Shaffer at (651) 201-7075.