This statute outlines the Secretary of Transportation's authority to maintain highway safety programs in cooperation with state and local governments. It requires states to have a highway safety program, approved by the Secretary, that adheres to uniform standards set forth by the Secretary. These programs often include provisions related to reckless driving behaviors. The statute also allows the Secretary to provide grants to states to improve their traffic safety programs and enforce traffic laws, which can include laws against reckless driving.
This section provides grant incentives to states that implement and enforce laws requiring the use of safety belts and motorcycle helmets. By encouraging the use of safety equipment, this statute indirectly supports the goal of reducing injuries and fatalities associated with reckless driving incidents. States that comply with the requirements of this section receive additional federal funding, which can be used to support law enforcement efforts against reckless driving.
Commonly known as the Assimilative Crimes Act, this law provides that acts or omissions that are not made punishable by an enactment of Congress but would be punishable if committed within the jurisdiction of the state in which a federal enclave is located, shall be punishable within the federal enclave. This means that state reckless driving laws can be enforced on federal property, and individuals can be prosecuted under state law for reckless driving offenses committed on such property.
This statute authorizes the NHTSA to establish Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) that manufacturers of motor vehicles and equipment must meet. These standards are designed to reduce traffic accidents and deaths and injuries resulting from traffic accidents. Therefore, while the statute does not directly regulate reckless driving, it addresses vehicle safety, which can be a factor in the severity of reckless driving incidents.