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GHSA Highway Safety Awards

2009 Award Winners

GHSA Highway Safety Awards

Awards were presented during GHSA's Highway Safety Awards Luncheon on Monday, August 31, in conjunction with the 2009 GHSA Annual Meeting.

The 2009 James J. Howard Highway Safety Trailblazer Award Winner

Sen. John J. Cullerton

Senator John J. Cullerton—Illinois Senator John J. Cullerton is the recipient of the 2009 James J. Howard Highway Safety Trailblazer Award.

Throughout his 30-year career in the Illinois State Legislature, Senator Cullerton has amassed a traffic safety record that likely surpasses that of any state legislator in the nation. He has led the effort in the state to enact safety legislation on a variety of issues, including: child passenger safety; primary seat belt use; mandatory motorcycle helmet use; .08 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC); graduated licensing; and ignition interlocks. Learn More

The 2009 Kathryn J.R. Swanson Public Service Award Winner

Kevin Quinlan

Kevin E. Quinlan—The 2009 Kathryn J.R. Swanson Public Service Award is presented posthumously to Kevin E. Quinlan.

Mr. Quinlan died suddenly in 2008 after 35 years of service with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Throughout his career, Mr. Quinlan worked tirelessly to improve highway safety and reduce the number of lives lost in preventable crashes. Learn More

The 2009 Peter K. O'Rourke Special Achievement Award Winners

Illinois Operation Teen Safe Driving Program

Illinois Operation Teen Safe Driving Program—While there are many teen driving programs in the United States, none have reached as many teens as the Illinois Operation Teen Safe Driving Program. The program was developed and implemented by the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety (IDOT/DTS) along with the Ford Motor Company Fund’s Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program and The Allstate Foundation.

Illinois, like many states, was struggling with the issue of teen driving. After a successful pilot in 2007 in seven high schools, the program was expanded statewide in 2008 to involve 105 high schools. Learn More

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Indiana Supreme Court, Division of State Court Administration Judicial Technology & Automation Committee—As a member of Indiana’s Traffic Records Coordinating Committee, the Judicial Technology & Automation Committee (JTAC) was tasked with developing an electronic traffic ticketing system that would accomplish three primary goals: 1) develop a “uniform traffic ticket” that contained all the necessary data fields; 2) develop a system that could be utilized by all law enforcement agencies in Indiana at no cost; and 3) electronically file tickets into the automated court case management system.

The first version of the software, called the electronic Citation and Warning System, or eCWS, has been used by the Indiana State Police since January of 2008. Learn More

Maryland’s Governor’s Highway Safety

Maryland's Task Force to Combat Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol—Maryland’s Task Force to Combat Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol was established in 2007 by the Maryland General Assembly to assess the status and progress of statewide efforts to combat impaired driving, identify deficiencies, propose solutions, and submit a comprehensive report to Maryland’s Governor and General Assembly.

One of the most complete and diverse reviews of Maryland’s impaired driving system resulted in a final prioritization of the state’s impaired driving issues and 42 proposed recommendations which were submitted to the Governor and General Assembly. Learn More

New Jersey Teen Driver Study Commission

New Jersey Teen Driver Study Commission—A series of deadly teen driver crashes in New Jersey led traffic safety and law enforcement professionals across the state to push for the passage of a bill establishing a Teen Driver Study Commission. Governor Corzine signed the bill into law in March 2007.

The Commission’s charge was to assess the state of teen (16- to 20-year olds) driving in New Jersey and make recommendations that would reduce the number of teen driver crashes and, ultimately, save lives. Learn More

Milwaukee Skyline

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel—The State of Wisconsin has long struggled with a strong culture of drinking and a serious drunk driving problem. For approximately 15 years, the state led the nation in percentage of drinking drivers as well as in binge drinking. It remains the only state to punish first-offense drunk driving violations with a traffic ticket. Not surprisingly, more than a third of the people convicted of drunk driving in 2008 were repeat offenders.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel decided to use its resources to increase awareness about these critical issues and begin influencing the culture of drinking in the state. Learn More