The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Montana Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) collaborated for a fifth year to promote traffic safety projects. Grants will be awarded to chapters who plan and carry out projects that help them and their peers make informed, responsible decisions to reduce the number of deaths on Montana’s roadways that may be caused by distracted drivers. Distracted driving is doing another activity that takes the driver’s attention away from driving thus increasing the chance of a motor vehicle crash. There are three types of distracted driving including visual (taking eyes off the road), manual (taking hands off the wheel) and cognitive (taking mind off driving). These grants are made possible on behalf of three sponsors: the Montana Department of Transportation, Governors Highway Safety Association, General Motors and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- November 17: Priority grant awards will be given to chapters who submit a grant application by this date.
- December 1: Final grant application deadline.
These grants are a perfect fit with the FCCLA National Program: Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS).