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Summer 2009 | Vol. 12 | No. 2

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Moving “Toward Zero Deaths” at Annual Meeting in Savannah

GHSA’s Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia, is set for August 30–September 2. More than 400 state, national and private sector highway safety representatives are expected to attend. The meeting theme, “Toward Zero Deaths: Every Life Counts,” reflects GHSA’s belief that roadway deaths are preventable and that the most ambitious goal possible should be supported.

Newly confirmed NTSB Chairman Debbie Hersman will
speak in Savannah at the GHSA Annual Meeting. Newly confirmed NTSB Chairman Debbie Hersman will speak in Savannah at the GHSA Annual Meeting.

Recently confirmed NTSB Chairman Debbie Hersman will be the keynote speaker at Monday morning’s opening session. This will be Chairman Hersman’s first major address to the highway safety community. She will share her thoughts on how states can get to zero deaths.

Other featured speakers include Dr. Grant Baldwin of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and Peter Kissinger, President of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. They will address attendees at the general session on Tuesday morning and will be joined by Louis Tuthill, Senior Social Science Analyst with the U.S. Department of Justice. And meeting participants won’t want to miss Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do (and What It Says About Us), at the closing luncheon on Wednesday.

GHSA’s Annual Meeting also provides an opportunity to honor those people and programs that have gone above and beyond for highway safety. The Awards Luncheon will take place on Monday, from 12:00 pm–2:00 pm, with presentations of the Kathryn J.R. Swanson Public Service Award and the Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Awards. At the Closing Luncheon on Wednesday, Illinois State Senator John J. Cullerton will be presented with GHSA’s highest honor—the James J. Howard Highway Safety Trailblazer Award.

In addition to the general sessions and awards presentations, the meeting features 15 informative workshops and a sold-out exhibit hall. There will be plenty of time for networking, too. On Sunday night, GHSA has planned an opening reception at the Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center for the Arts. And Tuesday night concludes with the State Night Dinner at the Westin.

More information about the meeting, including travel information and the most current agenda, can be found online.