GHSA 2021 Annual Meeting

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Moving Mountains: Forging a New Traffic Safety Landscape

GHSA 2021 Annual Meeting
September 11–15, 2021
Sheraton Denver Downtown
Denver, Colorado

Health and Safety Notice: GHSA required that all Annual Meeting attendees, including speakers and exhibitors, wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth throughout the Annual Meeting, including in rooms and hallways. A mask was optional for speakers when they are presenting at general sessions and workshops. More information about Annual Meeting health and safety protocols is available here.

2021 Annual Meeting Registration Brochure
Annual Meeting Program

This year’s theme, “Moving Mountains: Forging a New Traffic Safety Landscape,” spoke to important and critical challenges we face as we emerge from a year of pandemic-related restrictions that changed the way people work, interact and travel.

General sessions considered the rise in speeding during the pandemic, the need to improve equity in traffic enforcement and how states, law enforcement and first responders can prepare for automated vehicles. Breakout workshops examined timely traffic safety issues such as impaired driving, speeding, pedestrian safety, equitable enforcement and federal highway safety efforts. Workshop topics and speakers are listed on the agenda. Attendees came away with concrete ideas to implement in their own work.

Meeting Photos

Photos from the 2021 Annual Meeting can be viewed from the links below:

Meeting Presentations

Presentations from the 2021 Annual Meeting can be viewed from the links below:

Workshop 1: Experiencing Déjà Vu? A "Groundhog Day" Approach to Impaired Driving is Not the Answer

Workshop 2: Building a Project and a Partnership: What Subrecipients Need to Know About Working with the State Highway Safety Office

Workshop 3: Key Partnerships to Improve Traffic Safety

Workshop 4: Bridging Diverse Worlds: Highway Safety Outreach in Communities of Color

Workshop 6: Leaning into the Curve: A Roundtable Discussion on the Future of Motorcyclist Safety

Workshop 7: Safety on Foot, Pedal or Scooter: Protecting Non-Motorized Road Users

Workshop 8: Hot Issues in Alcohol, Drug and Multi-Substance Impaired Driving

Workshop 10: Can I Have Your Attention? Ending Distracted Driving through Policy, Engagement and Enforcement

Workshop 11: Tribal Traffic Safety Partnerships to Improve Tribal Road Safety


Since not everyone was able to travel to the Annual Meeting in Denver, GHSA webcast several General Sessions, recordings of which are now available:

The Opening General Session featured remarks by National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy and Aurora Vice President of Safety Nat Beuse.

The General Session on Automated Vehicles and First Responders featured speakers from Waymo, the California Highway Patrol, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and Aurora.

The General Session on Achieving Greater Equity in Traffic Safety Enforcement and Engagement featured remarks by Chief Carmen Best (Ret.), Seattle Police Department, followed by a panel discussion on how to achieve greater equity in traffic enforcement and engagement.

The General Session on Curbing the Driver's Need for Speed featured a panel of experts from the National Safety Council, the National Coalition for Safer Roads, Stratacomm, the Colorado State Patrol and the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America.


GHSA also held two pre-conference webinars that allowed people to participate virtually and get a preview of some of the key topics that will be explored in at the Annual Meeting. Watch the recordings:

Colorado Department of Transportation

CDOTThanks to our host, the Colorado Department of Transportation, for helping to bring this year's Annual Meeting to Denver!