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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.

GHSA has two tiers of membership: its core State Highway Safety Offices (SHSO) that develop and implement state-level highway safety programs. SHSOs pay annual dues to GHSA based on a flat fee as well as a proportional formula that considers state population.

State and territorial governors appoint SHSO directors, who are often referred to as Governors' Representatives - or GRs. These GRs and their designated Highway Safety Coordinators make up the core GHSA membership.

For more information, visit www.ghsa.org.
As Drug Use Grows, a Call to Action and New Funds for States
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April 26, 2017
Contact: Kara Macek, kmacek@ghsa.org 
202-789-0942 x140
202-262-4889 (mobile)
New Report Calls States to Take Action on Drug-Impaired Driving
Law Enforcement Training Grants Fill Critical Gap
WASHINGTON, D.C.-With more states legalizing marijuana and record numbers of people dying from drug overdoses, concerns about drug-impaired driving are escalating. While we have made progress in combatting drunk driving in recent decades, drug use by drivers continues to rise. In fact, in 2015 (the most recent national data available) drugs were present in 43% of the fatally-injured drivers with known test results, appearing more frequently than alcohol.
 
To confront this complex and evolving highway safety issue, today, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) released a comprehensive update of their 2015 report about drug use on our nation's roadways. Drug Impaired Driving: A Guide for States, equips states and policymakers with the latest research, data, laws and programs to help them address this growing problem. This new edition includes recent data on drug use by drivers and drug involvement in crashes, new state laws and programs, and information from more than 30 additional research studies.
 
"As states across the country continue to struggle with drug-impaired driving, it's critical that we help them understand the current landscape and provide examples of best practices so they can craft the most effective countermeasures," said Jonathan Adkins, Executive Director of GHSA.
 
Despite the wealth of additional information available, GHSA's basic advice remains largely unchanged. Chief among the report's recommendations is increased training for law enforcement officers to help them identify and arrest drugged drivers. To that end, Responsibilty.org is providing grant funding to State Highway Safety Offices so they can deliver this much-needed training.
 
Following four successful pilot programs in 2016, this year five states will receive grants totaling $100,000. The Illinois, Montana, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin highway safety offices will each use their funding to implement Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) training and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) programs. Sixteen states and territories applied for these competitive grants. A selection committee comprised of experts from around the country reviewed the applications and determined the recipients.
 
"As drunk driving has declined, drugged driving has increased dramatically and many of today's impaired drivers are combining two or more substances, which has a multiplicative effect on driver impairment," said Ralph. S. Blackman, President and CEO of Responsibility.org. "We are pleased to partner with GHSA to fill a critical gap. These training grants will prepare law enforcement to detect drug-impaired drivers and make roads safer for us all."
 
Another suggestion for states is to form a broad-based statewide task force to develop a strategic plan on the issue. California's efforts could serve as a model on this front. A committee of stakeholders from across the entire impaired driving system is working to develop a "Blueprint" to guide the state's efforts to combat drug impaired driving. The plan is expected for release by the end of this year.
 
The report also recommends prioritizing accurate and timely data collection. New York launched a promising new data system that leverages tablet computers to help law enforcement officers record investigation data on the scene, which are transferred into a centralized system for immediate access.
 
The report author, Dr. Jim Hedlund, a former senior NHTSA official, notes, "Drugged driving is a complicated issue. The more we can synthesize the latest research and share what's going on around the country to address drug-impaired driving, the better positioned states will be to prevent it."
 
An interactive PDF of the new report and infographics are available online. Dr. Hedlund will present key findings during a webinar on May 3 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4845315029079223554.

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About GHSA

The 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 provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans. Contact GHSA at 202-789-0942 or visit www.ghsa.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GHSAhq or follow us on Twitter @GHSAHQ.

About the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) is a national not-for-profit that leads the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and is funded by the following distillers: Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam Suntory Inc.; Brown-Forman; Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Edrington; Hood River Distillers, Inc.; and Pernod Ricard USA. Recognizing 25 years of impact, Responsibility.org has transformed countless lives through programs that bring individuals, families and communities together to guide a lifetime of conversations around alcohol responsibility and offering proven strategies to stop impaired driving. To learn more, please visit us at www.responsibility.org.

As Bicyclist & Pedestrian Deaths Increase, Alcohol Campaigns Should Address All Road Users
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April 12, 2017
Contact: Madison Forker
New Research Indicates Anti-Drunk Driving Efforts Should
Include Bicyclists and Pedestrians
With Pedestrian Deaths Surging in 2016, Now is the Time for Action

Statement for attribution to
Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) Executive Director Jonathan Adkins


WASHINGTON, D.C. - State Highway Safety Offices and their partners should broaden their anti-drunk driving campaigns to encourage bicyclists and pedestrians to consider safer transportation alternatives after heavy drinking. As the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported today, the ratios of fatally injured alcohol-impaired bicyclists and pedestrians have not fallen as dramatically as the proportion of impaired motor vehicle drivers killed, and this remains a significant problem. In fact, surprisingly, more than one-third of pedestrians and one-fifth of bicyclists killed in crashes in 2014 were legally drunk.

Alcohol impairment can lead to unsafe behavior by bicyclists and pedestrians, as well as drivers. We agree with IIHS's recommendations to curtail overserving alcohol and to support more ride-sharing options. These strategies could complement the range of proven countermeasures to decrease risks for pedestrians and bicyclists and prevent deaths across the board for all road users. We also concur with IIHS that further research is needed to evaluate the effectiveness of efforts to reduce alcohol-impairment among bicyclists and pedestrians.
 
This IIHS research finding comes on the heels of GHSA's annual pedestrian safety report, which projects an unprecedented 11% increase in pedestrian fatalities in 2016, further illustrating the need to recalibrate our traffic safety efforts to better protect all road users.

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Pedestrian Fatalities Projected to Surge 11% in 2016

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March 30, 2017
Contact: Kara Macek, kmacek@ghsa.org 
202-262-4889 (mobile)
Pedestrian Fatalities Projected to Surge 11% in 2016
Largest Annual Increase Ever Recorded
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) projects an 11% increase in the number of persons on foot killed on U.S. roadways last year, compared to 2015. This would represent the steepest year-to-year increase since record-keeping began, both in terms of number of deaths and percent increase. GHSA's annual Spotlight on Highway Safety offers a first look at state-by-state trends in pedestrian traffic fatalities for 2016, using preliminary data provided by all 50 State Highway Safety Offices and the District of Columbia. The report was authored by Richard Retting of Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants.

"This is the second year in a row that we have seen unprecedented increases in pedestrian fatalities, which is both sad and alarming," said Retting. From 2014 to 2015, the number of pedestrian deaths spiked more than 9%. "It is critical that the highway safety community understand these disturbing statistics and work to aggressively implement effective countermeasures. The information in this report will help states and localities pursue engineering, enforcement and education solutions to reverse this trend."

States reported 2,660 pedestrian fatalities for the first six months of 2016, compared to 2,486 deaths during the same time period in the previous year. Adjusting for underreporting and past full-year data trends, GHSA estimates an 11% rise in pedestrian fatalities from 2015 to 2016. Compared to 2014, the number of pedestrians killed in 2016 increased by 22%. Pedestrians account for approximately 15% of all motor vehicle deaths.

More than twice as many states reported an uptick in pedestrian fatalities in the first six months of 2016 than had decreasing numbers. Thirty-four states saw an increase, while 15 states and the District of Columbia reported decreases, and one state had no change.

There are many possible factors contributing to this spike. As economic conditions improve and gas prices remain low, the U.S. has seen an increase in motor vehicle miles traveled. At the same time, a growing number of Americans are choosing to travel by foot for health, transportation, economic or environmental reasons. Another potential factor is a sharp rise in the use of smartphones to send and receive multimedia messages, a frequent source of mental and visual distraction for both walkers and drivers.

"Everyone walks, and we want to encourage that, but at the same time we want to make sure that we all get to our destinations safely," said Jonathan Adkins, GHSA Executive Director. "Unfortunately, this latest data shows that the U.S. is not meeting the mark on keeping pedestrians safe on our roadways. Every one of these lives represents a loved one not coming home tonight which is absolutely unacceptable."

GHSA also asked its state members, which are responsible for addressing behavioral safety, to provide examples of their efforts to reduce pedestrian and motor vehicle collisions. Promising strategies include: high visibility enforcement and public information campaigns aimed at both motorists and pedestrians; identifying high-risk zones and conducting educational outreach in these areas; adoption of Complete Streets policies, which ensure streets are safe for all users regardless of mode, age and ability; and strategic partnerships with local universities and community organizations to advance pedestrian safety. State Highway Safety Offices also collaborate with state DOTs that are tasked with infrastructure improvements. The report provides specific examples of these efforts in 41 states and the District of Columbia.

Access the full report, including state-by-state data, Here

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Surge in Highway Deaths a Concern, but Solutions Abound
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2017
Contact: Kara Macek
202-262-4889 (mobile)
Increase in Highway Deaths Requires Action
States Need Flexibility to Try New Approaches

Statement for attribution to Jonathan Adkins, GHSA Executive Director
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Safety Council's projection that highway deaths increased 6 percent in 2016 is a call to action for the highway safety community. While the data is preliminary and will differ from final federal data, the trend is clear: after years of progress, highway deaths are heading in the wrong direction.
 
According to NHTSA, 94 percent of traffic crashes are related to human choices.[1] GHSA continues to hear from state agencies that the three predominant factors contributing to traffic deaths are still belts, booze and speed. Additionally, driver distraction and our society's addiction to electronic devices is likely playing a role in the increase in deaths.
 
The good news is we know what works to save lives - high visibility enforcement of strong traffic laws coupled with public education and awareness. At the same time, state highway safety offices need the flexibility to try new approaches and strategies to administer their federally-funded programs. Too often, state programs are bogged down by unnecessary and repetitive paperwork and federal bureaucracy, which detract from the effort spent on safety.
 
GHSA is committed to working with our partners in the federal government, advocacy community and at the local level to reverse this trend.


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New Report Advises States on Preparing Human Drivers for Autonomous Vehicles
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 2, 2017
Contact: Kara Macek
202-262-4889 (mobile)
Driver Behavior Paramount as Autonomous Vehicles Introduced 
Report Spotlights Safety Challenges in Era of New Technology
WASHINGTON, D.C. - As autonomous vehicles (AVs) merge into our nation's traffic, the most pressing safety challenge for states will be preparing human drivers. While these vehicles have the potential for tremendous safety benefits, AVs will be sharing the road with traditional driver-operated cars for many decades, perhaps forever. And the public remains skeptical. Currently, only about one-fifth of drivers say they would buy an autonomous car as soon as one is available and fewer than one-third say they would be comfortable riding in one. This presents a myriad of safety challenges for states, which are responsible for educating the public, licensing drivers, and establishing and enforcing traffic laws.
 
The Governors Highway Safety Association's new report, Autonomous Vehicles Meet Human Drivers: Traffic Safety Issues for States, examines these issues and recommends how states can prepare for AVs and put traffic safety at the forefront of all policy decisions. Dr. James Hedlund, a former senior official with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), authored the report.
 
According to Dr. Hedlund, "The research and media attention given to autonomous vehicles often overlooks the safety implications that a mix of driver-operated and autonomous vehicles will bring. Unfortunately, ignoring the driver side of the equation may negate many of the expected safety benefits."
 
The Association's report provides an overview of the current autonomous vehicle landscape and outlines suggested priorities for state Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMVs) and State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) as AVs become more widespread. Key recommendations include:
 
  • Educate the public - States should develop education campaigns on the benefits and risks of AVs, how to operate vehicles with some autonomous features safely, and how to share the road with AVs.
  • Don't rush into passing laws - States should wait until model laws and regulations have been developed to encourage a common structure and prevent a patchwork of inconsistent laws and regulations that may delay AV implementation.
  • Capture the data - States must identify vehicle automation levels in their registration, driver licensing and crash information systems. Police crash reports should be designed to help facilitate comprehensive and accurate data collection.
  • Engage law enforcement - States should include law enforcement in their planning, as AVs raise many issues for law enforcement, including officer safety, enforcement procedures and vehicle identification.
GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins notes, "Drivers are often forgotten as we discuss autonomous vehicles, but cars driven by humans will be on the road for at least another generation. As human drivers begin to share the road with different levels of autonomous vehicles, states will need to stay informed, be patient and be flexible."
 
The report also provides a comprehensive list of resources for additional information and encourages national organizations to help states by developing model laws and public education materials, documenting likely traffic safety scenarios, and establishing a centralized AV clearing house for new information.
 
GHSA will hold a webinar to discuss this new report on February 8, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7320113391340677379.
Funding Announced for States to Address Pressing Issue
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2016
Contact: Madison Forker
202-789-0942 x120
GHSA to Fund State Drowsy Driving Programs Through National Road Safety Foundation Grant
$100,000 Grant Announced to Support State Highway Safety Offices in Creating and Implementing Drowsy Driving Programs
WASHINGTON, D.C. - As Drowsy Driving Prevention Week approaches (November 6-13), the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is proud to announce it has received a $100,000 grant from the National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) to support innovative state approaches that address the pressing issue of drowsy driving. The grants will be awarded to State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) through a competitive application process that will be announced in early 2017.
 
This grant comes on the heels of a report released in August 2016 by GHSA and State Farm® that noted drowsy driving is the cause of 328,000 crashes each year, resulting in an annual societal cost of $109 billion. The report, Wake Up Call! Understanding Drowsy Driving and What States Can Do, recommended numerous programs and initiatives that states can consider to combat drowsy driving including: creating public awareness campaigns; improving data-collection methods to better assess drowsy driving crashes; developing training for law enforcement to recognize the signs of drowsy driving; and partnering with business, non-profits and educational institutions to change the culture around drowsy driving.
 
"There are a tremendous number of challenges that the highway safety community faces in addressing drowsy driving," said GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins. "For many states, a lack of funding has been a stumbling block. This grant will enable states to develop and implement innovative strategies to better assess and combat this problem."
 
NRSF, a GHSA partner for more than two decades, has long been committed to educating the public about drowsy driving. "With an average of 6,400 people dying in drowsy driving crashes each year, this is an issue that must be addressed," said Michelle Anderson, Director of Operations for NRSF. "We're excited to provide states funding to research, combat, and educate the public about the dangers of drowsy driving."
 
For more than half a century, NRSF has been dedicated to promoting safe driving behavior through public awareness. The Foundation has a wealth of free resources available online that call attention to both drowsy driving and a host of other behavioral safety issues. For a full list of NRSF's free traffic safety programs, visit http://www.nrsf.org/programs.
 
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About GHSA

The 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 provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans. Contact GHSA at 202-789-0942 or visit www.ghsa.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GHSAhq or follow us on Twitter @GHSAHQ.
 
About the National Road Safety Foundation

The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc. (NRSF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries on our nation's roads by promoting safe driving awareness and lifelong education. NRSF produces free traffic safety programs on distracted driving, speed and aggression, impaired driving, drowsy driving, driving skills, pedestrian safety and a host of other safety issues. NRSF also sponsors contests to engage teens in promoting safe driving to their peers and in their communities. For more information or to download free programs, visit www.nrsf.org or www.teenlane.org
 


Young Driver Age Trends Findings Report
CAPS has conducted a study using both ten year and recent five-year data to determine.  The results obtained nationally by GHSA are quite significant and should be given consideration in countermeasure planning.  However, they could not be replicated by Alabama crash data.  What was found was a significant increase in crashes caused by 21-25 year old drivers in the 2013-2015 time frame compared to the previous ten years.  A report on this will be linked here as soon as it is available.

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Should Teen Driving Restrictions Extend Through Age 21?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2016
Contact: Amadie Hart, ahart@ghsa.org
Madison Forker, mforker@ghsa.org
Teen Driver Safety Week Provides Opportunity
for National Conversation on Licensing
Report recommends extending restricted teen driver licenses through age 21

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 16-22) kicks off, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) encourages states, traffic safety advocates and parents to look for opportunities to expand successful teen driving policies and programs to reverse the recent 10 percent spike in teen driver-involved fatal crashes.
 
Last week, GHSA released a report,  Mission Not Accomplished: Teen Safe Driving, the Next Chapter, funded by The Ford Motor Company Fund, which found that from 2005 to 2014, more progress had been made in reducing fatal crashes for younger teen drivers (age 15 to 17) than for their older counterparts (age 18 to 20). A key recommendation in the report calls on states to extend teen driving restrictions, commonly known as graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws, through age 21. Currently only one state, New Jersey, has such a policy.
 
Report author Pam Fischer, Principal of Pam Fischer Consulting, said, "With last year's spike in teen driver-involved traffic deaths, it is critical that we examine teen driving data to identify how we can get the numbers once again going in the right direction and reduce deaths and injuries. The most effective response by states would be to extend graduated licensing requirements to all teens until age 21."
 
GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins added, "The new study found that teens are more likely to be involved in fatal crashes, and that one in three is not obtaining a driver's license until age 18. Given those facts, states should consider strengthening their teen licensing requirements. Short of that, parents and educators need to be reminded that we aren't done protecting our teen drivers once they turn 18. In fact, the data indicate that it's the 18- to 20-year olds that warrant our concern."
 
The report examined 10 years of data (encompassing 2005-2014) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). It is available online at:  http://ghsa.org/html/publications/teens/2016teens.html. GHSA will hold a webinar to discuss the report's key findings and recommendations on October 20 at 2 p.m. EDT. Register at  http://bit.ly/ghsateenwebinar16. In addition, a list of Graduated Driver Licensing Laws can be found on the GHSA website:  http://ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/license_laws.html.
Teen-Involved Crash Deaths Spike 10%, New Report Spotlights Older Teen Driver Behavior
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 12, 2016
Contact: Amadie Hart, ahart@ghsa.org
703-626-6679
Madison Forker, mforker@ghsa.org
202-789-0942 x120
As Teen-Involved Crash Deaths Spike 10 Percent,
New Report Spotlights Older Teen Driver Behavior
Data reveal bigger safety gains from 2005-2014 for younger teen drivers;
18- to 20-year-olds more likely to be involved in a fatal crash

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As National Teen Driver Safety Week approaches (October 16-22), a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) shows that while much progress has been made in reducing teen driver-involved traffic crashes and deaths over the past decade, teen drivers are still 1.6 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than their adult counterparts, and teen-involved crash deaths spiked 10 percent in 2015. The report, funded by a grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund, also sheds light on data that show the improvement in fatal crash rates among 18- to 20-year-old drivers was considerably less than for their 15- to 17-year-old counterparts, and that older teen drivers are involved in more fatal crashes than younger teens.
 
The report, Mission Not Accomplished: Teen Safe Driving, the Next Chapter, calls on State Highway Safety Offices and teen driving advocates to carefully monitor what is happening with teen-involved motor vehicle fatalities while expanding their focus to address the heightened crash risk for older teens. The 2015 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showing the jump in teen-involved crash deaths is troubling, but this is the first uptick since 2006 and the report recommends actions that could be taken to avoid a full reversal of the downward trend seen over the past 10 years.
 
"This data shows that smart programs that focus on teen driving behavior have been very successful in helping novice and younger drivers be safer on the roads, but that we still have more to do," said Jim Graham, Global Manager for the Ford Driving Skills for Life program. "We also need to make sure older teens benefit from these efforts. Our Driving Skills for Life program has trained more than 1 million new drivers in skills such as hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed management and space management, and we encourage all drivers under 21 to participate."
 
To best understand the challenges surrounding teen driving behavior, the report examined 10 years of data (encompassing 2005-2014) from NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), which contains data on all vehicle crashes in the United States that occur on a public roadway and involve a fatality. The data analysis used in the report was conducted by Richard Retting, Director of Safety/Research for Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants, while the report was researched and written by nationally recognized teen driving expert Pam Fischer, Principal of Pam Fischer Consulting.
 
"This report drives home the message that there is still much to do to reduce teen driver fatal crashes and the resulting deaths," said GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins, who oversaw development of the report. "The increase in teen driver fatal crashes is concerning and states are keeping a watchful eye to see if this is the start of a reversal in the gains we've made over the past decade. We need to continue to support effective public policies that address this issue and make sure that all drivers under 21 years of age have access to programs that improve teen driver safety."
 
In place in all 50 states, Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) is a three-stage licensing system that is proven to reduce teen crash risk by as much as 30 percent. In most states, teens age out of GDL requirements at age 18.
 
However, "it's estimated that one in three teens are not licensed by 18," said Fischer.  "That means that once they do obtain a driver's license, they're not reaping the benefits of graduated driver licensing." As 18- to 20-year olds are still at a high crash risk, "policy makers need to understand that reaching age 18 doesn't necessarily equate to mental maturity -- which is critical for safe driving."
 
GHSA's report calls for an expansion of GDL to include all drivers younger than 21 years of age, and provides 11 recommendations (policies and best practices) for states to implement. Suggestions address opportunities for increased training of older teen drivers, high visibility enforcement, continued parental involvement, and safe driving programs at colleges.
 
States where these policies are in place or being considered include Maryland, where the Rookie Driver program requires all novice drivers regardless of age to complete 30 hours of classroom and six hours of behind the wheel training. In California, state officials and teen safe driving advocates are calling for passage of legislation that would expand that state's GDL to include older teens, while advocates in Washington State are expected to unveil a teen driving legislative agenda in early 2017 that includes mandatory driver education for older teens. 
 
The report also discusses the impact of a high visibility enforcement and education campaign in Mississippi, Pay Attention, Pay a Fine...Stop the Knock, which uses high school and college presentations and paid and earned media to educate and engage teens, and the Texas-based U in the Driver Seat program, a teen-led expansion of the high school peer-to-peer Teens in the Driver Seat program. Similar college-level programming is available in California, Ohio, Maryland, Iowa and New York and is increasing student awareness of unsafe driving behaviors and prompting them to protect themselves and their friends.
 
An interactive PDF version of the report and related infographics are available online. GHSA will hold a webinar to discuss key findings and recommendations on October 20 at 2 p.m. EDT. Register at http://bit.ly/ghsateenwebinar16
GHSA Testifies on Highway Safety Reauthorization Before House Subcommittee
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Governors Highway Safety Association Chairman Kendell Poole testified today before the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The hearing was held to examine federal surface transportation safety grant programs as Congress begins work on the reauthorization of MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century). GHSA Members administer the behavioral highway safety programs funded by NHTSA. READ MORE
GHSA 2014 Annual Meeting
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH | September 6 - 10 -- GHSA's 2014 Annual Meeting will explore highway safety after MAP-21, focusing on what the future holds for highway safety — from Congressional legislation to technology to new approaches and programs. Breakout workshops will cover a variety of topics, including: teen safety, older driver safety, drugged driving, motorcycle safety and other important highway issues. READ MORE
Teen Driver Deaths on the Rise; Parents Can Help Reverse Trend
DEARBORN, MICH | March 18, 2013 -- Traffic fatalities are the leading cause of death for American teens. In recent weeks, a number of crashes involving teen drivers have led to more than a dozen teenagers tragically losing their lives. And a recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) shows that teen driver fatalities are on the rise among 16-17-year-old drivers.  READ MORE
New Study: Teen Driver Deaths Increase in 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A report released today by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reveals that the number of 16- and 17-year-old driver deaths in passenger vehicles increased dramatically for the first six months of 2012, based on preliminary data supplied by all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Overall, 16- and 17-year-old driver deaths increased from 202 to 240 - a 19 percent jump.  READ MORE
Distracted Driving
Driver distraction is a leading factor in many crashes, and cell phone use and texting are two of the most common distractions. Many states and local jurisdictions are passing laws that address these behaviors. GHSA's message to all drivers remains: don't use cell phones or other electronic devices while driving, regardless of the current law. In 2012, GHSA broadened its distracted driving policy to include a recommendation for states to ban handheld cell phone use for all drivers.  READ MORE