Moving Mountains: Forging a New Traffic Safety Landscape
GHSA 2021 Annual Meeting
September 11–15, 2021
Sheraton Denver Downtown
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.
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.
Photos from the 2021 Annual Meeting can be viewed from the links below:
- General Sessions
- Exhibit Hall
- Awards Ceremony
- State Member Business Meeting
Presentations from the 2021 Annual Meeting can be viewed from the links below:
Workshop 2: Building a Project and a Partnership: What Subrecipients Need to Know About Working with the State Highway Safety Office
- Pam Shadel Fischer's PowerPoint Slides
- Peter Vander Aa's PowerPoint Slides
- Nicole Barnett's PowerPoint Slides
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
- Jake Nelson's PowerPoint Slides
- Jennifer Harmon's PowerPoint Slides
- Mike Lynn's PowerPoint Slides
- Jared Olson's PowerPoint Slides
- David Ocamb's PowerPoint Slides
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:
- Fostering Positive Engagement and Building Trust Between Law Enforcement and BIPOC Communities
- Developing and Delivering Relevant and Impactful Traffic Safety Messages
Colorado Department of Transportation
Thanks to our host, the Colorado Department of Transportation, for helping to bring this year's Annual Meeting to Denver!