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. Over the past few years, GHSA and Responsibility.org have expanded their focus to include the growing issue of drugged driving. GHSA and Responsibility.org work to provide resources to both State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) and law enforcement agencies.
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 more than $700,000 to 29 states.
In 2021, grants were awarded to Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland and Wisconsin.
In addition to providing competitive grants to states, Responsibility.org provided funding for a special program in Texas to promote ride-hailing as an alternative to driving under the influence. The program is focused on reaching people attending the Texas State Fair and college football games, which are well-attended events that can lead to increased drunk or drugged driving. Selected communities will utilize ride-hail credits from Lyft and highlight the consequences of impaired driving with billboards in high-traffic locations.
In 2020, grants were awarded to Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wyoming. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these grants were extended through 2021 and programs are ongoing.
Learn how prior year grant recipients used their funding by clicking the links below:
To learn more, visit www.responsibility.org.