News

Read the latest news and announcements from traffic safety interest groups and about traffic safety topics here.

  • October 21st, 2020

Excessive drinking is prevalent over the Thanksgiving weekend due, in part,  to the cultural phenomena like “Blackout Wednesday”, which highlights, and even encourages, the heavy consumption of alcohol throughout this holiday. Impaired driving crashes spike during the Thanksgiving holiday season. From 2014 to 2018, 138 drivers involved in fatal crashes on Thanksgiving Eve were alcohol-impaired, and […]

  • October 19th, 2020

NHTSA’s Teen Driving site contains information on States’ driver licensing requirements for teens as well as ideas and resources to help you—the parents—lay down the ground rules with your aspiring driver before you hand over the car keys. Here you will find in-depth information on some of the most common safety problems novice teen drivers should avoid. […]

  • October 19th, 2020

The unique character of the transportation environment often presents challenges associated with managing construction stormwater runoff and protecting receiving waters. Traditional guidance and regulation do not always distinguish between residential, commercial, and linear development. If inappropriate and ineffective practices are implemented or expected by regulators, it can create inefficiencies for the transportation stormwater professional. Read […]

  • October 15th, 2020

August 27, 2020 CONTACT: Adrian Nicholas, 202-580-7934, anicholas@ghsa.org Personal transportation device use will likely grow as wary commuters avoid public transit during the pandemic, requiring education, infrastructure investment, improved data collection and enforcement to protect road users. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Micromobility – pedal-powered and electric bicycles (e-bikes), electric scooters (e-scooters) and other small transportation devices – […]

  • October 13th, 2020

It is Week 31 of the coronavirus pandemic, and total crash data is showing a decline in Alabama. The number of crashes has dropped to around 90% of its pre-COVID-19 levels. The number of fatal crashes decreased over the two-week period. View Graph  This report comes amid reports from other states indicating that their drivers […]

  • October 8th, 2020

There is no one factor that can explain the increase in the fatality rate during the COVID period.  All the attributes that cause increased fatalities were over-represented. This study will continue to determine the point, if any, at which the normally expected proportions for these attributes return. Access the special report below for more detailed […]

  • October 1st, 2020

This Halloween, let’s make happy memories, not tragic nightmares. The only thing scarier than zombies and witches loose on the streets is an impaired driver. This year, NHTSA is teaming up with local officials to help spread the message that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. Even one alcoholic beverage could be one too many for some drivers. […]

  • October 1st, 2020

October 1, 2020 CONTACT: Adrian Nicholas, 202-580-7934, anicholas@ghsa.org AFTER-HOURS CONTACT: Pam Shadel Fischer, 908-619-2786, pfischer@ghsa.org Pandemic Prompting Speeding, Lack of Seat Belt Use Statement for attribution to Jonathan Adkins, Executive Director, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) WASHINGTON, D.C. – The release of new data and special reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one of the […]

  • October 1st, 2020

NHTSA asks EMS agencies across the U.S. to take a few minutes each week to report PPE, personnel status within their agency. EMS and its public safety colleagues continue to serve on the frontlines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Resource procurement and distribution of personal protective equipment and staffing shortages continue to challenge […]

  • September 29th, 2020

September 29, 2020 CONTACT: Adrian Nicholas, 202-580-7934, anicholas@ghsa.org AFTER-HOURS CONTACT: Pam Shadel Fischer, 908-619-2786, pfischer@ghsa.org WASHINGTON, D.C. – When it comes to safety on U.S. roadways, being a pedestrian can be deadly. As pedestrian fatalities have soared to historic levels in the past decade, representatives of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) joined earlier today with U.S. […]