The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) leads the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and promotes responsible decision-making regarding alcohol consumption. GHSA and Responsibility.org expanded their focus to include the growing issue of drugged driving and multi-substance impaired (alcohol and drugs) driving. GHSA and Responsibility.org partner to provide resources to both State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) and law enforcement agencies.
GHSA is partnering with NASID to develop a special report directed to the states and their partners that will identify best practices in marijuana and driving messaging. Examples of evidence-based initiatives, partnering tips and recommendations will also be included. The report will be released later this year.
Publications and Guidance for States
In December 2019, GHSA released High-Risk Impaired Drivers: Combating a Critical Threat, a Responsibility.org-funded report focusing on the challenges and opportunities associated with the high-risk impaired driver — a person who lacks the restraint or self-control to resist driving impaired. The report was unveiled at a Capitol Hill education event and via a national webinar conducted for SHSOs, their partners and stakeholders. In conjunction with the report, Responsibility.org also launched the STOPHRID.org website, which outlines a six-step process to help communities rid our roads of impaired driving offenders. The site also features a tool kit with checklists, videos, infographics, guidance documents and more.
GHSA and Responsibility.org also published Drug-Impaired Driving: Marijuana and Opioids Raise Critical Issues for States, which analyzes the latest-available data on drugged driving and provides an in-depth look at the impact of marijuana and opioids on driving, and Drug-Impaired Driving: A Guide for States, which examines research, data and state programs addressing this complex issue and recommends increased training for law enforcement officers.
GHSA and Responsibility.org provide grants to states for training programs that support the arrest and prosecution of drug-impaired drivers. By putting more Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)-certified officers on the road, states are better able to ensure that drugged drivers are off the road. In 2020, the grant program was expanded to include initiatives that address recommendations in the GHSA report, High-Risk Impaired Drivers: Combating a Critical Threat.
Since 2016, Responsibility.org has awarded $954,000 to states.
In 2022, grants were awarded to Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland and Nevada.
In 2021, grants were awarded to Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland and Wisconsin.
In addition to providing competitive grants to states, Responsibility.org provided funding to the Texas Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Office to implement an impaired driving campaign aimed at college football fans that promote ride-hailing services through outreach events and social media.
Learn how prior year grant recipients used their funding by clicking the links below:
To learn more, visit www.responsibility.org.