GHSA Praises Nomination of Ann Carlson as NHTSA Administrator

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February 13, 2023

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Statement by Jonathan Adkins, Chief Executive Officer, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – GHSA is pleased to strongly support the nomination of Ann Carlson to be Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which was announced today by the White House. GHSA urges her swift confirmation by the Senate.

Carlson is a thoughtful, engaged safety leader who is focused on achieving real, systemic change that addresses the root causes of the traffic safety crisis. She is an effective and vocal proponent of the Safe System approach, a holistic strategy to traffic safety that calls for using all available countermeasures – equitable enforcement, infrastructure improvements, design changes and public engagement – to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and deaths on our roads. Strong federal leadership is critical as traffic fatalities and dangerous driving remain at unprecedented levels.

In her short time as Acting Administrator, Carlson has shown a commitment to working closely with states to help identify and overcome barriers to implement more efficient highway safety programs. Her first public appearance after being named Acting Administrator was at the GHSA 2022 Annual Meeting in Louisville, Ky., underscoring the important relationship between NHTSA and State Highway Safety Offices as we work together to reach our shared goal of zero traffic fatalities.

GHSA looks forward to continuing to partner with NHTSA to help stem the tide of dangerous driving and save lives on our nation’s roads.

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