• April 13th, 2020

Dear Traffic Safety Community,

On behalf of GHSA, I hope you and your families are staying healthy and safe during these uncertain times.

Many traffic safety organizations have canceled or postponed a number of in-person meetings this spring and summer in response to coronavirus-related travel restrictions and health concerns. The continued ambiguity surrounding how soon this public health crisis will abate poses challenges for planning travel and meeting attendance, but we can say with certainty that the nation’s traffic safety challenges have not gone away and likely will be exacerbated when the pandemic subsides.

We wanted to let you know that at this time we expect to hold the upcoming GHSA 2020 Annual Meeting (scheduled to take place Aug. 29 through Sept. 2, 2020, in Pittsburgh) as planned. We share many of your concerns related to COVID-19, and we are monitoring the situation on a daily basis, making adjustments to the conference as needed. That said, the safety and well-being of GHSA’s members, partners and staff is our top priority, and we will continue to consult with state and local officials and the GHSA Executive Board about the best way to move forward.

Registration for the Annual Meeting will begin in late May. We know you won’t want to miss the opportunity to network with your peers and our fantastic lineup of featured speakers, including the following:

  • James Owens // NHTSA Acting Administrator
  • Jennifer Homendy // National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Member
  • David Harkey // President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the affiliated Highway Loss Data Institute
  • Jim Kelly // Buffalo Bills Pro Football Hall of Famer
  • Brad Meltzer // Host of History Channel’s “Lost History” and “Brad Meltzer’s Decoded,” and New York Times Best-Selling Author

In other news, we have extended the nomination deadline for the GHSA 2020 Highway Safety Awards to May 1, 2020. If you know an individual, organization or program that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep our roadways safe, nominate them today.

Lastly, I would like to thank you for staying in touch during this difficult time. We value our traffic safety colleagues and look forward to staying connected virtually. I welcome your suggestions, comments and input as we navigate these trying times. Please continue to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn as well for the latest updates.


Jonathan Adkins
Executive Director
Governors Highway Safety Association
jadkins@ghsa.org, @jraindc

GHSA email sent 10 April 2020