State Highway Safety Showcase

These Showcases allow GHSA members to highlight successful programs and learn about promising approaches by other State Highway Safety Offices.

Drowsy Driving Prevention Grant: Georgia

In 2019, through a grant from the National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF), the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) participated in the Georgia National Fair by setting up a booth to raise awareness regarding drowsy driving. Due to data showing that most of Georgia’s drowsy driving fatalities occur on rural roads, GOHS partnered with the Georgia Department of Agriculture while attending the fair.

Lyft Grant Results: Washington

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) was one of five State Highway Safety Offices to receive a grant from GHSA and ride-hailing company Lyft to prevent impaired driving during the 2019 holiday season. With its grant, WTSC continued messaging around the findings of its Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis and Alcohol (DUICA) survey and promoted the use of Lyft for safe and sober rides.

Lyft Grant Results: Maine

The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety (MeBHS) was one of five State Highway Safety Offices to receive a grant from GHSA and ride-hailing company Lyft to prevent impaired driving during the 2019 holiday season. With its grant, MeBHS integrated Lyft ride credits into the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” national enforcement campaign.

Lyft Grant Results: Illinois

As the recipient of a grant from GHSA and ride-hailing company Lyft to prevent impaired driving during the 2019 holiday season, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) used $20,000 in Lyft ride credits to provide safe and sober travel options in Sangamon County — the home of Illinois’ capital, Springfield.

Lyft Grant Results: California

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) was one of five State Highway Safety Offices to receive a grant from GHSA and ride-hailing company Lyft to prevent impaired driving during the 2019 holiday season. With its grant, California OTS offered Lyft credits to promote the use of safe alternatives to impaired driving through its "Go Safely, California" traffic safety awareness effort. This broad effort helps Californians get where they are going — safely.

Drowsy Driving Prevention Grant: Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Highway Safety Division (HSD) used grant funding from GHSA and the National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) to launch a public awareness campaign. The campaign was designed to engage young drivers on the impacts of drowsy driving and to provide prevention education. The campaign was developed and executed in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health, AAA Northeast and the Massachusetts based Drowsy Driving Prevention Project. The program used social media platforms and media outlets to raise awareness of the dangers of drowsy driving for young drivers.

Drowsy Driving Prevention Grant: New York

The New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) received a grant from the National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) and GHSA to provide an informational webinar for law enforcement officers on the effects of drowsy driving in collaboration with Stony Brook University’s School of Health Technology and Management (SHTM). The webinar is a continuation of StopDrowsyDriving.org, Stony Brook’s drowsy driving prevention program.

DUID Training Grant: Vermont

Through a grant from the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) and GHSA, the Vermont State Highway Safety Office – Behavioral Safety Unit (SHSO - BSU) provided Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) training to law enforcement.

Vermont is experiencing an increase in drug impaired driving. Impairment by alcohol, drugs or both was a contributing factor in nearly half of Vermont’s fatal crashes in 2018, yet only a small percentage of law enforcement officers in Vermont are currently ARIDE trained.

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