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TZD Safe Roads

2023 Safe Roads Q&A - from the RFP 7/8/2022

1. What are the changes in 2023 RFP compared to last year.

  • Coalition meetings reduced down to four, one each quarter
  • Removed the requirement to have an active Law Enforcement Grantee
  • TZD Conference Scholarship provides an opportunity to individuals if their agency cannot incur hotel costs. See RFP for scholarship information link.
  • 2022 $35 salary and 15 hours per week removed. Opening it up to applicants to decide how much they should be compensated and how many hours they can dedicate to Safe Roads grant.

    This will be carefully evaluated based on application during the evaluation process.

2. Do multicounty coalitions need law enforcement grants from each county to do activities  or can they do activities in those that don't?


3. Will this grant cover Impact Speaker fees?

With an approved contract we can only reimburse in-state travel costs following the Commissioner's Travel Plan.

4. Can coalition coordinator get paid for conference hours attended?  Paragraph 2 in that section was double talk. Is mileage to and from conference reimbursed? Are evening meals still reimbursed?

No, NHTSA will not allow OTS to pay for time, only activity. Mileage and meals are both reimbursable following the Commissioner's Travel Plan.

5. Can coordinators use their grant dollars to help another coalition with their traffic safety events when they request help or when the regional coordinator asks them to assist?          

Yes. It must be necessary and reasonable. For example, we would not pay for 150 miles plus time.

6. If it is written in the grant, is CarFit allowed as an innovative activity?

As long as it is identified as a problem ID in the area served, it would be allowed. Some questions to ponder:

  • Is it necessary and reasonable?
  • Will it help fix a specific problem the area is dealing with?
  • Will car fit MATCH and funds be associated with the program?

7. Are large events like Farm Fest allowed if coalitions put them in their grant?


Guidance and Direction:

In the detailed description of Salary & Fringe Budget Item, Salary and Fringe shall be listed for each individual who will be compensated with grant funding. Please include:

  • Name
  • Title
  • Rate of pay
  • Fringe rate ​

2023 Safe Roads RFP available – Due July 29, 2022

The Department of Public Safety (DPS), Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), is seeking proposals from city/cities, county, multi-county coalitions and tribal nations interested in addressing and preventing traffic deaths and serious injuries in the area served. Applicants must provide grant services to the area they have defined for their coalition. The Request For Propos​al (RFP) and application process are available in the eGrants system.

Questions regarding the application and evaluation process must be directed to Kat Vue, by 8 a.m., Thursday, July 7, 2022. Answers to questions that are not specific to a proposal will be posted on this page within approximately three business days.​

TZD Safe Roads Coalition Fatality Review Committee

Each TZD Safe Roads Coalition must establish a Fatality Review Committee (FRC) to review every fatal crash in their area. The purpose of the FRC is to identify trends that contributed to the crashes and the resulting fatalities. The FRC will identify how the fatal crashes could have been avoided and identify what actions may be taken to prevent similar types of crashes.


Countermeasures that Work


The TZD Safe Roads program focuses on connecting crash data and statewide enforcement and education efforts with local collaborations and activities. It also makes greater use of research and evaluation studies that point to the activities and best practices for the greatest impact in reducing traffic deaths and serious crash​es.


Regional Involvement


The Regional Toward Zero Deaths initiative aims to create a comprehensive approach to reduce traffic deaths and severe injuries in Minnesota on the local level. Agencies involved in the effort include community law enforcement, engineers, educators, emergency medical services, local policy makers and other traffic safety advocates.


Safe Ride Home Guide


Partners are encouraged to use this step-by-step guide to start a safe ride service in their community. Information for program organizers, as well as key questions to consider, have been culled from research and other successful programs and organized into an easy-to-use format.​​