Governors Highway Safety Association

Governors Highway Safety Association GHSA is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA represents the state and territorial highway safety offices that implement programs to address behavioral highway safety issues, including: occupant protection, impaired driving, and speeding.

GHSA provides leadership and advocacy for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices.
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#GHSA2021 in Denver gets the green light! 🚦After careful consideration, we’ve decided to hold the GHSA 2021 Annual Meeti...
05/03/2021

#GHSA2021 in Denver gets the green light! 🚦

After careful consideration, we’ve decided to hold the GHSA 2021 Annual Meeting in person in the Mile High City, Sept. 11-15. This year’s theme, "Moving Mountains: Forging a New Traffic Safety Landscape," speaks to critical challenges we face as we emerge from a year of pandemic-related restrictions that changed the way people work, interact and travel. General sessions will consider the rise in speeding during the pandemic, the need to improve equity in traffic enforcement and how states, law enforcement and first responders can prepare for automated vehicles. Registration opens June 1. We’re excited to see you in person in Denver! Learn more: https://www.ghsa.org/events/Annual-Meetings/2021

#GHSA2021 in Denver gets the green light! 🚦

After careful consideration, we’ve decided to hold the GHSA 2021 Annual Meeting in person in the Mile High City, Sept. 11-15. This year’s theme, "Moving Mountains: Forging a New Traffic Safety Landscape," speaks to critical challenges we face as we emerge from a year of pandemic-related restrictions that changed the way people work, interact and travel. General sessions will consider the rise in speeding during the pandemic, the need to improve equity in traffic enforcement and how states, law enforcement and first responders can prepare for automated vehicles. Registration opens June 1. We’re excited to see you in person in Denver! Learn more: https://www.ghsa.org/events/Annual-Meetings/2021

Stop your child from entering the car without you. Lock your doors and place the keys in safe place. Your actions could ...
05/01/2021

Stop your child from entering the car without you. Lock your doors and place the keys in safe place. Your actions could save their life. #HeatstrokeKills #NationalHeatstrokePreventionDay NHTSA

Stop your child from entering the car without you. Lock your doors and place the keys in safe place. Your actions could save their life. #HeatstrokeKills #NationalHeatstrokePreventionDay NHTSA

Congratulations on 30 years of progress, Responsibility.org! We're proud of our partnership, teamwork and shared dedicat...
04/28/2021

Congratulations on 30 years of progress, Responsibility.org!

We're proud of our partnership, teamwork and shared dedication to ending impaired driving and saving lives. Learn more about how we work together: https://www.ghsa.org/resources/partner-initiatives/FAAR

#Responsibilityat30 #AlcoholResponsibilityMonth

Congratulations on 30 years of progress, Responsibility.org!

We're proud of our partnership, teamwork and shared dedication to ending impaired driving and saving lives. Learn more about how we work together: https://www.ghsa.org/resources/partner-initiatives/FAAR

#Responsibilityat30 #AlcoholResponsibilityMonth

GHSA Chair Chuck DeWeese gave a warm welcome today to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg at the ...
04/27/2021

GHSA Chair Chuck DeWeese gave a warm welcome today to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg at the Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities. We appreciate the Secretary's focus on safety in his remarks and look forward to continued collaboration to reduce traffic crashes, prevent injuries and save lives. #Lifesavers2021 NHTSA

GHSA Chair Chuck DeWeese gave a warm welcome today to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg at the Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities. We appreciate the Secretary's focus on safety in his remarks and look forward to continued collaboration to reduce traffic crashes, prevent injuries and save lives. #Lifesavers2021 NHTSA

GHSA is excited to start the week by participating in the Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities! G...
04/26/2021

GHSA is excited to start the week by participating in the Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities! GHSA Chair Chuck DeWeese will introduce U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg at the NHTSA Awards Plenary, and GHSA's Pam Shadel Fischer, Russ Martin, and Kerry Chausmer will moderate and speak at four different workshops and peer exchanges. The conference is hosted virtually by California - thank you to GHSA Vice Chair Barbara Rooney and her team at the California Office of Traffic Safety. https://lifesaversconference.org/ #Lifesavers2021

GHSA is excited to start the week by participating in the Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities! GHSA Chair Chuck DeWeese will introduce U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg at the NHTSA Awards Plenary, and GHSA's Pam Shadel Fischer, Russ Martin, and Kerry Chausmer will moderate and speak at four different workshops and peer exchanges. The conference is hosted virtually by California - thank you to GHSA Vice Chair Barbara Rooney and her team at the California Office of Traffic Safety. https://lifesaversconference.org/ #Lifesavers2021

GHSA and StopDistractions.org are teaming up to reinforce the critical role of equitable enforcement in effectively comb...
04/23/2021

GHSA and StopDistractions.org are teaming up to reinforce the critical role of equitable enforcement in effectively combating distracted driving. We’re calling on states to implement a comprehensive strategy that includes high visibility enforcement of primary texting and hand-held cellphone bans, coupled with extensive public outreach that explains how distraction takes a driver’s eyes and mind off the road and puts others – especially people outside vehicles – at risk. https://www.ghsa.org/resources/news-releases/GHSA/Distracted-Driving-Awareness-Month21 #DistractedDrivingAwarenessMonth #DDAM #DDAM21 #Act2EndDD

GHSA and StopDistractions.org are teaming up to reinforce the critical role of equitable enforcement in effectively combating distracted driving. We’re calling on states to implement a comprehensive strategy that includes high visibility enforcement of primary texting and hand-held cellphone bans, coupled with extensive public outreach that explains how distraction takes a driver’s eyes and mind off the road and puts others – especially people outside vehicles – at risk. https://www.ghsa.org/resources/news-releases/GHSA/Distracted-Driving-Awareness-Month21 #DistractedDrivingAwarenessMonth #DDAM #DDAM21 #Act2EndDD

GHSA's Russ Martin and Pam Shadel Fischer describe how the increase in roadway fatalities in 2020 requires greater inves...
04/22/2021

GHSA's Russ Martin and Pam Shadel Fischer describe how the increase in roadway fatalities in 2020 requires greater investment in comprehensive strategies and proven countermeasures, and how equitable enforcement is a critical tool to prevent crashes, deaths and injuries on our roads.

Thanks to the National District Attorneys Association's National Traffic Law Center for the opportunity to share our perspective on this important traffic safety issue.

Read the article: https://www.ghsa.org/about/news/NTLC/Road-Safety-Epidemic21

See NDAA's National Traffic Law Center's April edition of Between the Lines featuring Governors Highway Safety Association's Pam Fischer and Russ Martin: "In Search of a Vaccine for America’s Ongoing Road Safety Epidemic" https://ndaa.org/wp-content/uploads/BTL-Vol-29-No-4-April-2021-Increased-Traffic-Deaths-Require-Investment-in-Countermeasures-1.pdf.

"I am literally somewhat terrified by what could happen on the roads in Minnesota, and really across the country, if we ...
04/22/2021
Drivers Won’t Stop Speeding, and Cities Are Trying New Tactics to Get Them to Slow Down

"I am literally somewhat terrified by what could happen on the roads in Minnesota, and really across the country, if we don’t get a handle on some of this really dangerous driving." -Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety Director and GHSA Treasurer Michael Hanson

Nice story in today's The Wall Street Journal print edition about the speeding epidemic and how states and cities are addressing it www.wsj.com/articles/drivers-wont-stop-speeding-and-cities-are-trying-new-tactics-to-get-them-to-slow-down-11619013614

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Police have stepped up enforcement with more speed cameras, tickets and lower speed limits as more drivers are expected to be on the road this summer.

NHTSA Acting Administrator Steven S. Cliff, Ph.D., spoke with the GHSA Executive Board and leadership today about the ad...
04/21/2021

NHTSA Acting Administrator Steven S. Cliff, Ph.D., spoke with the GHSA Executive Board and leadership today about the administration's American Jobs Plan and traffic safety vision. We appreciate the open dialogue and the opportunity for State Highway Safety Office leaders to discuss their safety priorities.

NHTSA Acting Administrator Steven S. Cliff, Ph.D., spoke with the GHSA Executive Board and leadership today about the administration's American Jobs Plan and traffic safety vision. We appreciate the open dialogue and the opportunity for State Highway Safety Office leaders to discuss their safety priorities.

What are states doing to help curb distracted driving? Join Ford Driving Skills for Life this Thursday to hear from Mark...
04/20/2021
The Daily Drive presented by Ford Driving Skills for Life

What are states doing to help curb distracted driving? Join Ford Driving Skills for Life this Thursday to hear from Mark Ezzell, Director of the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program, and Sam Cole, Traffic Safety Communications Manager with the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Click "Get Reminder" to make sure you don’t miss the conversation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48z0IFP7fpU

North Carolina Department of Transportation #DistractedDrivingAwarenessMonth #DDAM #DDAM21

Want to know what some states are doing to help curb distracted driving? Join us for a discussion with Mark Ezzell director of North Carolina's Governors Hig...

We’re excited to join our traffic safety friends and partners (albeit virtually) at the 2021 Lifesavers National Confere...
04/16/2021

We’re excited to join our traffic safety friends and partners (albeit virtually) at the 2021 Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, starting in just 10 days! GHSA’s Pam Shadel Fischer, Russ Martin, and Kerry Chausmer will moderate and speak at four different workshops and peer exchanges, and GHSA Chair Chuck DeWeese will introduce U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg at the NHTSA Public Service Awards plenary session.

Learn more and register: https://lifesaversconference.org/ #Lifesavers2021

We’re excited to join our traffic safety friends and partners (albeit virtually) at the 2021 Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, starting in just 10 days! GHSA’s Pam Shadel Fischer, Russ Martin, and Kerry Chausmer will moderate and speak at four different workshops and peer exchanges, and GHSA Chair Chuck DeWeese will introduce U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg at the NHTSA Public Service Awards plenary session.

Learn more and register: https://lifesaversconference.org/ #Lifesavers2021

A new GHSA and NHTSA research project shows which portable oral fluid drug-testing devices are most accurate and reliabl...
04/14/2021

A new GHSA and NHTSA research project shows which portable oral fluid drug-testing devices are most accurate and reliable in a laboratory setting. The results will help states and law enforcement agencies as they decide whether and how to use these products in the field to help get drug-impaired drivers off the road. https://rosap.ntl.bts.gov/view/dot/54910

A new GHSA and NHTSA research project shows which portable oral fluid drug-testing devices are most accurate and reliable in a laboratory setting. The results will help states and law enforcement agencies as they decide whether and how to use these products in the field to help get drug-impaired drivers off the road. https://rosap.ntl.bts.gov/view/dot/54910

Slowing down motorists will protect cyclists, pedestrians and drivers at dangerous intersections. GHSA Executive Directo...
04/13/2021
Activists Call for Safer Streets as Another Cyclist Dies in DC

Slowing down motorists will protect cyclists, pedestrians and drivers at dangerous intersections. GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins spoke with NBC Washington's Adam Tuss about how to keep all road users safe following the death of bicyclist Jim Pagels in the nation's capital. https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/activists-call-for-safer-streets-as-another-cyclist-dies-in-dc/2639167/

Another cyclist has been killed in the District. The latest crash occurred along Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest D.C. as Jim Pagels, a 29-year-old man biking to dinner, was struck and killed by a car Friday night.

GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins spoke with media today at the site of the tragic death of Jim Pagels, who was st...
04/13/2021

GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins spoke with media today at the site of the tragic death of Jim Pagels, who was struck and killed last Friday while bicycling. We must do everything possible to protect people biking and walking from unsafe drivers.

GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins spoke with media today at the site of the tragic death of Jim Pagels, who was struck and killed last Friday while bicycling. We must do everything possible to protect people biking and walking from unsafe drivers.

Happy 30th anniversary, Responsibility.org!Congratulations on 30 years of leadership and progress in ending drunk drivin...
04/09/2021
30 Years of Responsibility: Defining the Future of Alcohol Responsibility, Together

Happy 30th anniversary, Responsibility.org!

Congratulations on 30 years of leadership and progress in ending drunk driving and supporting responsible alcohol choices. We're proud to be working with you - our mission of stopping impaired driving is as important now as ever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyjuh_73kd4 #Responsibilityat30 #AlcoholResponsibilityMonth

Over the last 30 years, Responsibility.org has successful defined the spirits industry as a leader in promoting responsible behavior.Since we began our work,...

Tiger Woods’ crash, in which he was traveling about 40 mph above the posted speed limit, exemplifies the need for a comp...
04/07/2021

Tiger Woods’ crash, in which he was traveling about 40 mph above the posted speed limit, exemplifies the need for a comprehensive and collaborative approach to curb our love affair with speed and eliminate these preventable roadway injuries and deaths.

Today's news is a reminder for us all to slow down and drive safely. See the statement of GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins: https://www.ghsa.org/resources/news-releases/Tiger-Woods-Speeding-Crash-Statement21

Tiger Woods’ crash, in which he was traveling about 40 mph above the posted speed limit, exemplifies the need for a comprehensive and collaborative approach to curb our love affair with speed and eliminate these preventable roadway injuries and deaths.

Today's news is a reminder for us all to slow down and drive safely. See the statement of GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins: https://www.ghsa.org/resources/news-releases/Tiger-Woods-Speeding-Crash-Statement21

Walking is a healthy, environmentally friendly way to get around. Unfortunately, it's also a matter of life or death for...
04/07/2021

Walking is a healthy, environmentally friendly way to get around. Unfortunately, it's also a matter of life or death for far too many people. Drivers are striking and killing pedestrians at an alarming rate amid a surge in risky driving during the pandemic.

Our recent report examines the problem and how saving lives requires a comprehensive approach. https://www.ghsa.org/resources/Pedestrians21 #NationalWalkingDay #PedestrianSafety

Walking is a healthy, environmentally friendly way to get around. Unfortunately, it's also a matter of life or death for far too many people. Drivers are striking and killing pedestrians at an alarming rate amid a surge in risky driving during the pandemic.

Our recent report examines the problem and how saving lives requires a comprehensive approach. https://www.ghsa.org/resources/Pedestrians21 #NationalWalkingDay #PedestrianSafety

Russ Martin, GHSA's Senior Director of Policy and Government Relations, joins the Peggy Smedley Show today to discuss #D...
04/06/2021
The Peggy Smedley Show

Russ Martin, GHSA's Senior Director of Policy and Government Relations, joins the Peggy Smedley Show today to discuss #DistractedDriving, its rise during the pandemic and what can be done to curb the trend. Listen in today at 1:30 pm ET: https://peggysmedleyshow.com/ #DistractedDrivingAwarenessMonth #DDAM #DDAM21

The Peggy Smedley Show is an authoritative voice, that brings in-depth journalism, opinion-forming, and inspiring technology discussions week after week over the internet. Host Peggy Smedley presents the best from around the globe with a unique journalistic and artistic quality to address all the to...

Before you get out there, make sure you’re safe. Text RECALL to 99724. National Safety Council
04/03/2021

Before you get out there, make sure you’re safe. Text RECALL to 99724. National Safety Council

Before you get out there, make sure you’re safe. Text RECALL to 99724. National Safety Council

Nice article in Forbes about GHSA's recent report on pedestrian fatalities and successful strategies to save lives. http...
04/02/2021
‘Troubling’ Surge In Walker Deaths Despite Drop In Driving, Seven States Largely Responsible

Nice article in Forbes about GHSA's recent report on pedestrian fatalities and successful strategies to save lives. https://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyamohn/2021/04/01/troubling-surge-in-walker-deaths-despite-drop-in-driving-seven-states-largely-responsible/?sh=2987e3995534

There was less traffic in the first half of 2020, but risky driving spiked and pedestrian deaths climbed to a record high.

GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins joined the Automotive News Shift podcast to discuss the findings of our new Spot...
03/30/2021
Jonathan Adkins fights latest surge in pedestrian-death crisis (Episode 90)

GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins joined the Automotive News Shift podcast to discuss the findings of our new Spotlight on Highway Safety report and the unacceptable uptick in pedestrian fatalities during the first half of 2020. Thanks to Pete Bigelow and Leslie Allen for the engaging conversation and highlighting #PedestrianSafety for your listeners. https://www.autonews.com/shift-podcast-about-mobility/jonathan-adkins-fights-latest-surge-pedestrian-death-crisis-episode-90

Pedestrian deaths have risen by nearly 50 percent over the past decade. Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, analyses the long-running challenges, and provides fresh details on a troubling rise in fatality rates during the first six months of COVID.

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You are getting one of the best ladies in the traffic safety arena. More energy and the best team worker ever, congratulations to you at GHSA and her!
Thank you, GHSA for inviting me to "like" your page. Rather than "like" a page....I choose to "follow" so that FB will place your updates in my newsfeed.
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What’s being done to combat driving distracted via FB lives and IG Stories?!
Are booster seat laws changing in Georgia in 2020?
Coatesville Police Department uses #NotReaching pouches as #communitypolicing tool and keeps them in their #squadcars and gives them to #motorists
Bryan Brashears here... destroyed a otherwise good conference by inviting the last speaker here. The conference is/was about Highway Safety and ended about politics. I left after about the first minute of her talking.
Enjoyed attending the conference the last few days as a representative of law enforcement and building better relationships between law enforcement and our highway safety partners. All brought to a crashing end with the hijacking of these great efforts with the political agenda of attacking President Trump by CNN commentator Gloria Borger. Way to politicize an otherwise great conference.
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