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GHSA News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2010

Contact: Jonathan Adkins
(202)789-0942, ext. 13
(202)669-9746 (cell)

New Report Shows States Increasing Efforts on Distracted Driving

Stronger Laws, Better Data and Greater Focus Among Findings

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a new report that provides the first comprehensive look at state activities and programs to address the growing problem of distracted driving. The report, “Curbing Distracted Driving: 2010 Survey of State Safety Programs,” details a host of approaches states are implementing. The survey found that states are aggressively pursuing solutions to distracted driving including: stronger laws, increased data collection, new education programs, public/private partnerships and a growing reliance on new media to spread the message.

State highway safety agencies from every state as well as the District of Columbia, Guam and American Samoa participated in the survey. Key findings are noted below.

“As a nation, if we are going to successfully address driver distraction, it must be done comprehensively, through a multifaceted approach including education, laws and enforcement, data collection, and private sector involvement,” says GHSA Chairman Vernon F. Betkey, Jr. “Our new report shows states are already going down this road. We know from our experiences with drunk driving and seat belt use that there is no magic bullet, and the same holds true with distracted driving.”

To continue building momentum on distracted driving countermeasures as well as sharing best practices on a host of highway safety and technology issues, GHSA’s 2010 Annual Meeting theme is “Technology and Highway Safety: What’s Driving Our Future?” The conference takes place September 26-29 in Kansas City. More information is online.

“Curbing Distracted Driving: 2010 Survey of State Safety Programs” was completed for GHSA by The Vermette Group in Ashburn, Virginia. Electronic copies are available online. Printed copies will be mailed to GHSA Members.

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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 and enhance program management. 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.