Each year, GHSA publishes reports for its members and partners on a variety of pressing highway safety issues. Our member newsletter, Directions in Highway Safety, requires a member login and can be found on our Members Only website.
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GHSA's Annual Report, Highlights of Association Activity, highlights the Association's accomplishments from the 2019 Fiscal Year (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019).
On May 8, 2019, GHSA and State Farm® hosted an expert panel meeting in Washington, D.C., to discuss traffic safety education and law enforcement amid the advent of automated vehicle technology. This white paper summarizes the outcomes of that meeting and provides a number of recommendations for State Highway Safety Offices and the broader safety community. Former senior NHTSA official Dr. Jim Hedlund authored the paper.
This report by NHTSA and GHSA's National Cooperative Research and Evaluation Program (NCREP) examines why riders choose to wear — or not wear — high-visibility gear. Through a focus group of motorcycle riders, the report finds that while most participants did not regularly wear such gear, those who did reported doing so after having been in a crash with a motor vehicle, or personally knowing another rider who had been in such a crash.
NHTSA and GHSA's National Cooperative Research and Evaluation Program (NCREP) performed a scan of publicly available SHSO social media channels and performed a series of interviews with NHTSA Regional Offices and a sample of nine SHSOs.
As traffic crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens and young adults, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) "Peer-to-Peer Teen Traffic Safety Program Guide," prepared by GHSA, examines the components of successful peer-to-peer programs.
GHSA's annual spotlight report, "Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: 2018 Preliminary Data," offers a first look at state and national trends in 2018 pedestrian deaths. The report projects 6,227 pedestrians were killed on U.S. roads in 2018, the highest number in nearly three decades.
GHSA's latest spotlight report, "Speeding Away from Zero: Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge," highlights excessive vehicle speed as a persistent contributor to motor vehicle fatalities, accounting for nearly a third of traffic deaths each year. The report takes a fresh look at this challenge, outlining the latest research, programming and countermeasures to address speeding.
As of October 2018, nine states have legalized recreational marijuana, and similar legislation has been proposed in at least 20 others. As states consider changing their laws, it is important to take into account the traffic safety ramifications legalized marijuana may have.
GHSA's Annual Report, Highlights of Association Activity, highlights the Association's accomplishments from the 2018 Fiscal Year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018).
Automated vehicles will bring new and perhaps unanticipated traffic safety issues to the states. GHSA's Preparing for Automated Vehicles: Traffic Safety Issues for States outlines these issues and discusses how law enforcement and State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) should prepare for them.