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Finding funds for drunk driving initiatives.

This article was adopted from a Special Edition of Traffic Safety First, The Community Traffic Safety Program Clearing-house Newsletter, produced by NAGHSR, Spring/Summer, 1992 and summarized by Erica Price, Staff Associate at National League of Cities.

A significant concern of local officials, when initiating drunk driving prevention programs or overall traffic safety programs, is where funding will come from to support program activities. This article provides officials with innovative ways in which to find programs in a self-sustaining manner.

The Community Traffic Safety Clearinghouse, a division of the National Association of Governor's Highway Safety Representatives (NAGHSR), analyzed several state and local approaches to selfsustaining strategies for Community Traffic Safety Programs (CTSPs).

Through this analysis, the Clearinghouse observed the following trends about the self-sustaining strategies that were studied:

* State Highway Safety Agency (SHSA) involvement in developing the self-sustaining strategy can greatly facilitate the process due to the technical assistance which can be provided.

* Multi-faceted strategies are needed. Strength is derived from combining resources because more people and organizations become familiar with the goals and accomplishments of the CTSP.

* Involving elected officials and influential community members in the CTSP pays off. Familiarity with the CTSP often has been the factor which has influenced elected officials to provide continuance funds:

* Youth work and/or services to the court offer good opportunities for CTSP program development and support.

* Sponsorship by an established entity is important to a CTSP, even if no funds are provided. Affiliations with local government or a respected organization gives credibility to the CTSP from the onset and also places it in a strong position to request funding from the sponsor at a later date.

* Earmarked funds provide a stable base of funding, but require extensive negotiation to obtain.

* Obtaining non-profit status provides greater flexibility for fund-raising.

* Imagination and flexibility in programming will place the CTSP in a better position to apply for funds outside traffice safety.

Six main non-inclusive approaches to self-sustaining funding were identified:

1. Fines/Surcharges. Many states have authorized the earmarking of DWI funds (i.e. fines of convicted drunk drivers and surcharges collected) to be returned to local anti-drunk driving programs.

2. Permanent Part of State or Local Government. When an anti-impaired driving program becomes a permanent part of state or local government, that program, as illustrated by the CTSP, is provided with a stable base for operation.

3. Fees for Services. Utilizing fees collected from sources such as DWI education for convicted drunk drivers, defensive driving courses for corporation fleets, and substance abuse prevention services can provide a program with a substantial amount of funding.

4. Federal Funds Outside Traffic Safety. "In seeking federal funds outside traffic safety, a CTSP must be able to: 1) build upon their special areas of expertise; and 2) relate their activities to other program areas. Sometimes a CTSP may have to redirect its goals to qualify for other federal funds, and this process should be viewed as representing an opportunity to bring whole new constituencies to the support of traffic safety."

5. Volunteer Support. "All CTSPs rely heavily upon volunteers, most of whom are organized by salaried coordinators. In continuing CTSPs once Section 402 funding has ended, communities can be faced with the dilemma of having many high energy volunteers and in-kind contributions, but no hard dollars for a coordinator's salary."

6. In-Kind Contributions. "If a CTSP has a systematic plan for securing in-kind contributions, these donations can be counted as funds to support parts of the budget. They also can be viewed as freeing program dollars for additional activities. In securing these contributions, community members are added to the CTSP coalition, and support for traffic safety expands."
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Title Annotation:Special Report: Stopping Drunk Driving; adapted from an article in The Community Traffic Safety Program Clearinghouse Newsletter
Author:Becker, Carol Moody
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Aug 17, 1992
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