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Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements; 60 Day Federal Register Notice


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Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements; 60 Day Federal Register Notice

Jeff Michael
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
December 9, 2015


[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 236 (Wednesday, December 9, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 76613-76615]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-30995]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[U.S. DOT Docket No. NHTSA-2015-0112]


Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements; 60 Day Federal 
Register Notice

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DOT.

ACTION: Request for public comment on proposed collection of 
information.

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SUMMARY: Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from 
the public, it must receive approval from the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB). Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit 
public comment on proposed collections of information, including 
extensions and reinstatements of previously approved collections.
    This document describes one collection of information for which 
NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 8, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID Number 
NHTSA- 2015-0112 using any of the following methods:
    Electronic submissions: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow 
the online instructions for submitting comments.
    Mail: Docket Management Facility, M-30, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.
    Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the 
Docket number for this Notice. Note that all comments received will be 
posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov including any 
personal information provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary T. Byrd, Contracting Officer's 
Representative, Office of Behavioral Safety Research (NTI-132), 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., W46-466, Washington, DC 20590. Mary T. Byrd's phone number is 202-
366-5595 and her email address is mary.byrd@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
before an agency submits a proposed collection of information to OMB 
for approval, it must publish a document in the Federal Register 
providing a 60-day comment period and otherwise consult with members of 
the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of 
information. The OMB has promulgated regulations describing what must 
be included in such a document. Under OMB's regulations (at 5 CFR 
1320.8(d)), an agency must ask for public comment on the following:
    (i) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
    (ii) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the

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validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
    (iii) how to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (iv) how to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submission of responses.
    In compliance with these requirements, NHTSA asks public comment on 
the following proposed collection of information:
    Title: Evaluation of Community-Oriented Enforcement Demonstrations.
    Type of Request: New information collection requirement.
    OMB Clearance Number: None.
    Form Number: NHTSA Forms 1321, 1322, 1325.
    Requested Expiration Date of Approval: 3 years from date of 
approval.
    Summary of the Collection of Information--The National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposes to conduct public 
awareness surveys to help evaluate two traffic safety demonstration 
projects: Building Community Support for (1) Seat Belt Enforcement and 
(2) Impaired Driving Enforcement. If clearance is granted, the public 
awareness surveys would be administered in-person at Department of 
Motor Vehicles Offices pre-, mid-, and post-program in the two program 
locations and the two comparison locations. Over the total data 
collection effort, 9,600 people would be surveyed, 4,800 for each 
program. Estimated administration length would be approximately 5 
minutes for the recruitment questionnaire and 10 minutes for the 
awareness survey questionnaire. For the recruitment questionnaire, 
information on licensure status and age would be collected. For the 
awareness survey questionnaire, information on attitudes, awareness, 
knowledge, and behavior would be collected.
    A Spanish-language translation of the awareness survey 
questionnaire would be used to minimize language barriers to 
participation. Additionally, participation in the proposed data 
collection would be anonymous; the questionnaires would not collect any 
personal information that would allow anyone to identify respondents. 
Participant names would not be collected.
    Description of the Need for the Information and Proposed Use of the 
Information--The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 
was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970 (23 U.S.C. 101) to 
carry out a Congressional mandate to reduce the mounting number of 
deaths, injuries, and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle 
crashes on the Nation's highways. As part of this statutory mandate, 
NHTSA is authorized to conduct research as a foundation for the 
development of motor vehicle standards and traffic safety programs.
    In 2013, there were 10,076 fatalities in crashes involving a driver 
with a BAC of .08 or higher, which is 31% of total traffic fatalities 
in 2013.\1\ In the same year, 49% of passenger vehicle occupants killed 
in crashes were unrestrained.\2\ These data point to the continued need 
for countermeasure development to decrease impaired driving and 
increase seat belt use. The purpose of the proposed data collection is 
to evaluate the effectiveness of two programs designed to increase seat 
belt use and reduce alcohol-impaired and unrestrained crashes, 
injuries, and fatalities. The programs are designed to accomplish these 
goals by using increased enforcement activity driven by law enforcement 
and community partnerships that maximize community support for impaired 
driving and seat belt enforcement. The proposed data collection would 
survey licensed drivers eighteen years and older visiting Department of 
Motor Vehicles Offices residing in the program and comparison locations 
to find out about public support for enforcement, awareness of 
enforcement activity, exposure to community partner activities, and 
self-reported impaired driving and seat belt use. The collected 
responses would inform how well the program created community support 
and influenced safe driving behavior. An essential part of the proposed 
data collection would be to compare pre-, mid-, and post-program 
measures to determine how the program contributed to changes in 
participant responses; therefore, multiple measurements would be 
required.
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    \1\ National Center for Statistics and Analysis. (2014, 
December). Alcohol-impaired driving: 2013 data. (Traffic Safety 
Facts. DOT HS 812 102). Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration. Retrieved from http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812102.pdf.
    \2\ National Center for Statistics and Analysis. (2015, May). 
Occupant protection: 2013 data. (Traffic Safety Facts. DOT HS 812 
153). Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration. Retrieved from http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812153.pdf.
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    The findings from this proposed information collection would 
support NHTSA, the States, localities, and law enforcement agencies by 
providing evidence as to the effectiveness of the community-oriented 
enforcement approach under examination. The findings could be used to 
refocus existing impaired driving and seat belt programs in order to 
enhance their effect or to guide the development of new programs.
    Description of the Likely Respondents (Including Estimated Number, 
and Proposed Frequency of Response to the Collection of Information)--
Under this proposed effort, the potential respondent universe would be 
licensed drivers eighteen years and older visiting Department of Motor 
Vehicles Offices residing in the locations where the impaired driving 
and seat belt programs would be conducted, and in the two selected 
comparison locations. As of the time of this Notice, the program and 
comparison locations have not been selected. Over the total data 
collection effort, a total of 9,600 licensed drivers eighteen years and 
older would be surveyed, including 4,800 for each program. Based upon 
precision estimates, the target sample for the awareness survey 
questionnaire is 4,800, with 2,400 in each location. However, because 
NHTSA has estimated a 50% response rate based upon previously conducted 
data collections of a similar nature, NHTSA is estimating that a total 
of 9,600 potential participants would need to be administered a 
recruitment questionnaire in order to find 4,800 eligible volunteers to 
completed the target number of awareness survey questionnaires. NHTSA 
estimates that each recruitment questionnaire would take 5 minutes and 
that each awareness survey questionnaire would take an additional 10 
minutes to complete.
    Throughout the data collection, the privacy of all participants 
would be protected. Names, addresses, phone numbers, and email 
addresses would not be collected. The only information that would be 
collected would be participant zip code and demographic 
characteristics, such as age, gender, race, and ethnicity. Zip code 
would need to be collected to match the participant with either the 
program or comparison location to ensure that the measured change in 
public awareness could be associated with the program activity. 
Demographic information would need to be collected to conduct post-
stratification weighting of the sample to U.S Census data to reduce 
sample bias. All collected data would be stored in restricted folders 
on secure password protected servers that are only accessible to 
research personnel with needed access to such information. In addition, 
all data collected from participants would be reported in aggregate, 
and individual participants

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would not be independently reported on in any reports resulting from 
this project.
    Estimate of the Total Annual Reporting and Record Keeping Burden 
Resulting from the Collection of Information--NHTSA estimates that the 
total time for each respondent to participate in the data collection 
effort would either be 5 minutes or 15 minutes depending on eligibility 
and desire to participate. NHTSA estimates a 50% response rate, in 
which case 9,600 potential participants would to be administered the 
recruitment questionnaire in order to find 4,800 eligible volunteers to 
complete the awareness survey questionnaire. The total burden for the 
participants that would only complete the recruitment questionnaire 
would be 400 hours (i.e., 5 minutes x 4,800). The total burden for the 
participants that would complete the recruitment questionnaire and the 
awareness survey questionnaire would be 1,200 hours (i.e., 15 minutes x 
4,800). The total burden for all participants would be 1,600 hours 
(i.e., 400 + 1,200). Because participants would be sampled from 
Department of Motor Vehicles Offices while they are waiting for 
service, participation would not include any participant reporting 
cost, record keeping cost, or record keeping burden.
    Comments are invited on the following:
    (i) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
    (ii) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed information collection;
    (iii) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (iv) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information 
on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.

    Authority:  44 U.S.C. Section 3506(c)(2)(A).

    Issued on: December 4, 2015.
Jeff Michael,
Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development.
[FR Doc. 2015-30995 Filed 12-8-15; 8:45 am]
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