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CNMI Highway Safety Programs


 Mission Statement:

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Department of Public Safety (DPS) is a recipient of several federal funds geared towards public safety. One of them is the Highway Safety Program funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) under the authority of the Highway Safety Act of 1966. The mission is to reduce vehicle related crashes and prevention of injuries and fatalities on our highways. 


About Us:

The NHTSA grant funds and programs are managed by the DPS Highway Safety Office (HSO).

The HSO identifies traffic safety problems, develops and implements traffic safety programs and continuous public education designed to reduce death and serious injuries on the highways through partnerships with other safety advocates, government agencies, community leaders, and private sector agencies.

The HSO provides leadership for the CNMI Department of Public Safety’s highway safety programs. HSO develops the Highway Safety Plan (HSP) for Section 402 focusing on drugged and drunk driving prevention, emergency medical services, police traffic services, occupant protection/child restraint, motorcycle safety, pedestrian & bicycle safety, distracted driving prevention and other highway safety related issues. Included in the HSP are the 405b Occupant Protection and the 405c Traffic Safety Information System Improvement plans which are grant funds awarded to address selected national priorities for reducing highway deaths and injuries.

HSO conducts assessments and develops plans relating to motorist safety to include: driving under the influence of alcohol & drugs (DUI/DUID), aggressive driver interdiction program (ADIP), selective traffic law enforcement (STLE), occupant protection/child restraint, traffic investigation enhancements, highway-related crimes occurring on the CNMI highways; and supports the department’s police traffic services. HSO along with the NHTSA regional office realizes that personnel training is very important and crucial in keeping current with national level on various programs, and more importantly on the performance of each officer when they are out in the field, while conducting public education or other activities related to the programs. Various trainings are offered both on and off island to ensure that the officers are equipped with proper knowledge and current practices.


Some campaigns/outreach programs are:

  • Click-It-Or-Ticket Day & Night
  • Four (4) Steps for Kids
  • Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
  • 4 D’s: Drunk, Drugged, Distracted, & Drowsy driving prevention
    • Designated Driver program
  • Share the Road
  • Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety


In addition, HSO offers the Child Restraint Purchase Assistance Program which was created to extend assistance on the purchase of child restraint devices (car seats) to ensure children’s safety in the vehicles. The HSO issues vouchers to qualifying households for purchase of car seats at discounted price from participating vendors on island. For more information on Child Restraint Purchase Assistance Program or any of other HSO programs, please call the DPS Highway Safety Office at: 670-664-9121/22/25/31/9140.


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