IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 3, 2021
Ms. Klobuchar (for herself and Mr. Blumenthal) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To amend title 23, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Transportation to provide States applying for distracted driving grants an explanation of the eligibility decision with respect to the State, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
States Afforded Funding Extensions To Oppose Driving Recklessly In Vehicular Engagements Act or the
SAFE TO DRIVE Act.
National priority safety programs
Section 405(e) of title 23, United States Code, is amended—
by striking paragraph (6) and inserting the following:
Additional distracted driving grants
Notwithstanding paragraph (1), the Secretary shall use up to 25 percent of the amounts available for grants under this subsection to award grants to any State that—
is otherwise ineligible for a grant under this subsection; and
certifies that the State has enacted a statute that—
is applicable to drivers of all ages;
makes a violation of the statute a primary offense; and
non-navigational viewing of a personal wireless communications device.
Use of grant funds
Notwithstanding paragraph (5), amounts received by a State under subparagraph (A) may be used for activities related to the enforcement of distracted driving laws, including for public information and awareness purposes.
by redesignating paragraph (9) as paragraph (10); and
by inserting after paragraph (8) the following:
Determinations of grant eligibility
Explanation of determination
In making an eligibility determination in granting or denying an application of a State for a grant under this subsection, the Secretary shall provide each applicant State with an explanation of that determination, including an explanation of whether each section of the statute submitted with the application met or did not meet the requirements for a grant under this subsection.
Availability of determination
Not later than 60 days after granting or denying an application for a grant under this subsection, the Secretary shall make the explanation under subparagraph (A) publicly available on the website of the Department of Transportation.