The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety (MeBHS) has the responsibility of effectively administering and utilizing Federal Section 402 Highway Safety Funds and other related incentive grants received from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  These funds are used for planning, implementing and evaluating behavioral highway safety programs and projects with the overall goal of reducing the resulting deaths, injuries and property damages caused by motor vehicle crashes.

The Bureau is the leader in coordinating the safety efforts of federal, state and local organizations involved in Maine traffic safety.  Our programs are intended to improve the human behavior of drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.

The Highway Safety Office Director chairs the State Traffic Records Coordinating Committee (TRCC): This statewide stakeholder group facilitates the planning, coordination and implementation of traffic records projects to improve the state’s traffic records systems. The TRCC is a partnership of public safety officials, transportation system managers, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and motor vehicle bureau representatives with a purpose of improving the accessibility, timeliness, accuracy, integration, uniformity and completeness of statewide traffic-related systems.

In addition to administering NHTSA federal grant funds, the MeBHS is also responsible for:

  • Managing Maine’s Implied Consent Program
  • The Maine Driving Dynamics Program
  • The Federal Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS)

Mission of the Bureau

Our mission is to save lives and prevent injuries on the state’s roads and highways through leadership, innovation, facilitation, project and program support, and work in partnership with other public and private organizations.

Message from the Director

Welcome to our website! MeBHS hopes you can find the information you need to stay safe on Maine’s roads.

The mission of the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety is to save lives and reduce injuries on Maine's roads and highways through leadership, innovation, facilitation, project and program support, and working in partnership with other public and private organizations.  Our efforts are based on the concept that any death or injury is one too many and that traffic crashes are not accidents, but are preventable. To achieve that goal, we focus a lot on statistics. We spend a lot of time and money on education, making sure Maine parents know how to safely transport their children and that young adults think of the consequences of drinking and driving and driving while distracted.

Each loss of life on Maine’s roads is preventable and I know that road fatalities cause broken hearts and broken families. This is why the staff of the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety work each day to develop grants in order to reduce traffic fatalities.

There are many ways that you can help to reduce the number of traffic fatalities in Maine. Buckle your seat belt with every ride, Drive Sober and Don’t Text and Drive. These are just a few of the many things every Mainer can do to reduce fatalities.

The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety would like everyone to “Survive Your Drive”.

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