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
Building upon the success of 2022’s grant programs, GHSA and the NRSF provided funding to State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) in Colorado, Kentucky and Minnesota. These SHSOs will develop programs to promote safe walking, bicycling and scooter riding practices and serve as models that can be replicated by SHSOs.
- The Colorado Highway Safety Office will partner with Adelante Community Development, a non-profit organization focused on serving Latino families and entrepreneurs, to recruit and train teens as part of the Traffic Safety Youth Advisory Board (TSYAB). These teens will assist in providing their peers with education on pedestrian, bicycle and other safe mobility practices within their community of Commerce City.
- The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety will provide funding through a partnership with Tri-State Trails, an alliance of community advocates advancing a vision to connect and expand northern Kentucky’s trail and bikeway network. Funding will be used to install an educational traffic garden in Dayton, Ky. – an interactive space where children can have fun, be active and learn about traffic safety.
- The Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety will offer support to the Rochester Police Department to expand its outreach initiative, Rochester Cops & Kids Community Bike Program. Through this partnership, Rochester Police officers will recruit and train youth leaders (explorers and cadets) on pedestrian, bike, scooter and skateboard safety practices so they can educate their peers at events such as bike rodeos.
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 Active Transportation Grants
In 2022, GHSA and the NRSF, awarded three grants to three State Highway 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 promoted safe walking, bicycling and scooter riding practices and served as a model for other SHSOs.
- The Connecticut Highway Safety Office partnered with Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center and the Hartford Yard Goats (minor league baseball team) to train teens to be peer-to-peer bike ambassadors, promoting pedestrian and bicycle safety.
- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Safety Operations Bureau partnered with United Way of Erie County to pilot a Safer Walking Routes to School initiative at Iroquois Elementary School. They mapped hazards students face as they walk to school or their bus stops and will post new traffic safety signs.
- The New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee partnered with the New York City Department of Transportation to conduct a multilingual education and outreach traffic safety program in the Bronx. Local teens were trained to serve as peer-to-peer instructors and distributed bicycle helmets, lights and safety information related to biking, scooter and skateboard riding.
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.