For more than 50 years, The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc. (NRSF) has been dedicated to reducing crashes, deaths and injuries on our nation’s highways by promoting safe driving behavior through greater public awareness. NRSF has teamed with GHSA to address both drowsy driving and speeding.
Going on now: Active Transportation Grants
GHSA and the NRSF, awarded three grants to three State Highway Safety Safety Offices (SHSOs) - Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania - to develop, pilot and evaluate youth active transportation safety initiatives with peer-to-peer and/or community-based partners. These first-of-a-kind initiatives will promote safe walking, bicycling and scooter riding practices and serve as a model for other SHSOs.
Speed Management Pilot Program
GHSA has been partnering with NRSF and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) since 2019 to slow down speeding drivers. In 2020, Maryland and Virginia were each awarded $100,000 grants to develop, implement and evaluate speed management pilot programs leveraging engineering, equitable enforcement, education, public outreach and advocacy strategies simultaneously.
Maryland conducted its pilot on a rural roadway in August and September of 2021, with the results scheduled for release this spring. Virginia's project, an urban setting, is expected to launch later this year. Both project start dates were delayed to allow traffic patterns, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, to stabilize enough for IIHS to conduct a valid before-and-after evaluation.
The goal is to develop a template for effective speed reduction strategies that can be duplicated in other states and communities.
State Grants to Address Drowsy Driving
NRSF also provided grants for State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) to implement drowsy driving prevention programs and campaigns. From 2017 to 2019, 12 states received a total of $225,000. Among other projects, states used these funds to create public awareness campaigns, engage with high-risk groups such as teens, and develop training for law enforcement officials to recognize the signs of drowsy driving.
Learn about these innovative and creative projects here.