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Notice and Request for Comments

American Government

Notice and Request for Comments

Jeff Michael
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
29 April 2016

[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 83 (Friday, April 29, 2016)]
[Pages 25758-25759]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-10038]



National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2016-0051]

Notice and Request for Comments

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. 
Department of Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: The Department of Transportation (DOT) invites public comments 
about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) approval for a new information collection. The John A. Volpe 
National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center), U.S. DOT, will 
conduct this study under an interagency agreement with NHTSA. The 
collection involves case study interviews with law enforcement agency 
personnel pertaining to their knowledge and practice in using automated 
license plate readers (ALPR) for traffic safety purposes. The 
information to be collected will be used to document the state of 
knowledge and practice in using ALPR for this purpose under the 
National Cooperative Research and Evaluation Program (NCREP), which is 
managed jointly by NHTSA and the Governors Highway Safety Association 
(GHSA). Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from 
the public, it must receive approval from OMB. Under procedures 
established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before seeking OMB 
approval, Federal agencies must solicit public comment

[[Page 25759]]

on proposed collections of information, including extensions and 
reinstatement of previously approved collections.

DATES: Written comments should be submitted by June 28, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments [identified by Docket No. NHTSA-
2016-0051] through one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 1 (202) 493-2251.
     Mail or Hand Delivery: Docket Management Facility, U.S. 
Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West 
Building, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 
p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Margaret Petrella, 617-494-3582, The 
Volpe Center, U.S. Department of Transportation, Economics Analysis 
Division (V-321), 55 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142.

    OMB Control Number: 212--New.
    Title: Using Automated License Plate Readers for Traffic Safety 
    Form Numbers: N/A.
    Type of Review: New Information Collection.
    Abstract: NHTSA's mission is to save lives, prevent injuries, and 
reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, 
research, safety standards, and enforcement activity. NHTSA has 
statutory authority (see 23 U.S.C. 403; 49 CFR 1.50; 49CFR part 501) to 
accomplish this mission. Under the Highway Safety Act of 1966, Section 
403, the Secretary of Transportation is required to carry out research 
and demonstration programs. In addition, the Moving Ahead for Progress 
in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), Subsection 402(c), states that the 
Secretary, acting through the NHTSA Administrator, shall establish a 
cooperative program to research and evaluate State highway safety 
countermeasures. MAP-21 provides that this new cooperative research and 
evaluation program, the National Cooperative Research and Evaluation 
Program (NCREP), is to be administered by NHTSA and jointly managed by 
NHTSA and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The Volpe 
Center is providing support to NHTSA under an interagency agreement in 
establishing and managing this new cooperative Program. Under the NCREP 
Program, GHSA, in conjunction with NHTSA, identified a need to discover 
and report on the state of knowledge and practice regarding the use of 
ALPRs for traffic safety purposes. As part of this project, this 
information collection activity includes case studies that will be 
conducted at 9 to 12 law enforcement agency (LEA) sites. Site selection 
will cover the diversity of LEAs that are deploying ALPR for traffic 
safety purposes (e.g. agencies of different sizes, those operating in 
different regions of the country), as determined through a thorough 
review of the literature.
    Case studies will involve qualitative interviews with a variety of 
personnel in each selected LEA. A discussion guide comprised of 
approximately 15 to 20 questions will be used for each interview. This 
approach will provide a knowledge base, including rich, contextual 
information, from those most knowledgeable about the weaknesses and 
strengths or barriers and incentives to this technology's effective 
implementation and use for traffic safety purposes.
    Affected Public: Law enforcement agency personnel.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: Approximately 60 (5 personnel from 
each agency).
    Frequency: One time only.
    Number of Responses: 15-20.
    Estimated Annual Burden: 45 hours (45 minutes per respondent).
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
this information collection, including (a) Whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the Department's 
performance; (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for the 
Department to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the 
information collection; and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized 
without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency 
will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB's 
clearance of this information collection.

    Authority:  The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1:48.

    Issued on: April 26, 2016.
Jeff Michael,
Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development.
[FR Doc. 2016-10038 Filed 4-28-16; 8:45 am]

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