• April 16th, 2019

Identifies elements critical for creating strong, measurable programs WASHINGTON, D.C. – Motor vehicles remain the leading cause of death for teens and young adults. Though fatal crashes involving drivers 16-24 years old declined more than 25% over the past decade, much work remains. To help states further this progress, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration […]

  • March 28th, 2019

The latest edition of GHSA’s “Directions in Highway Safety” Newsletter offers a glimpse at our work thus far in 2019, including an overview of our recent reports on speeding and pedestrian safety. Additional articles discuss GHSA and AAA’s recent forum on drug-impaired driving, gearing up for re-authorization, new safety research and campaigns, bolstering relationships with […]

  • March 19th, 2019

In recent years, the number of pedestrian fatalities in the United States has grown sharply. During the 10-year period from 2008 to 2017, the number of pedestrian fatalities increased by 35 percent (from 4,414 deaths in 2008 to 5,977 deaths in 2017); meanwhile, the combined number of all other traffic deaths declined by six percent. […]

  • March 1st, 2019

More than 6,200 Pedestrians Killed on U.S. Roads Last Year WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) projects that 6,227 pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2018, the highest number in nearly three decades. States were asked to report pedestrian fatalities for the first six months of 2018. After adjusting this raw data […]

  • January 31st, 2019

Speeding-related fatalities account for a considerable proportion of U.S. road trauma, historically comprising approximately one-third of total fatalities. Nationally, there were 9,717 speeding-related fatalities in 2017 – about 26% of the total, though the proportion of speeding crashes differs dramatically across the states. Speeding-related fatalities are associated with a number of factors, including driver characteristics, […]

  • January 24th, 2019

Statement for attribution to Governors Highway Safety Association Director of Policy and Government Relations Russ Martin WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) thanks the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for conducting ongoing research to better understand the prevalence of distracted driving and its role in traffic crashes. IIHS’ study validates what all drivers  see […]

  • January 17th, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) highlights excessive vehicle speed as a persistent factor in nearly one-third of all motor vehicle-related fatalities. Despite this, speeding is not given enough attention as a traffic safety issue and is widely deemed culturally acceptable by the motoring public. “Speeding Away from Zero: Rethinking […]

  • October 12th, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) congratulates the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) on its automated vehicles policy guidance 3.0 and its ongoing effort to promote a national policy framework for these new safety technologies. GHSA also thanks U.S. DOT for gathering input and keeping the safety community apprised as it developed this […]

  • October 12th, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that 37,133 people were killed on U.S. roadways in 2017, a 1.8% decrease from 2016. Historically, a strong economy and employment rate – as we have now – correlates with an increase in traffic deaths, so this drop, while small, is encouraging news. Of […]

  • August 20th, 2018

Even as self-driving technology avoids crashes, imperfect human operators will still share the road and share the wheel. WASHINGTON, DC – Autonomous vehicles (AVs) promise to bring many mobility benefits and reduce traffic crashes enormously, as the federal government notes 94% of crashes are estimated to involve driver error. However, there will continue to be crashes, […]