State Farm® has been a long-time GHSA partner, providing grant funding to produce publications and resources for State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) and other highway safety professionals, on topics ranging from micromobility and automated vehicles to drowsy driving and pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
Understanding and Tackling Micromobility: Transportation's New Disruptor
Recognizing the inherent safety issues when dockless e-scooters and other personal transportation devices (PTDs) share the road with motor vehicles, State Farm® funded a project for GHSA to research the issue and provide concrete examples of what SHSOs can do, in partnership with others, to ensure PTD riders and all road users safely share the road.
Published in 2020, “Understanding and Tackling Micromobility: Transportation’s New Disruptor” explores six challenges – oversight, funding, data collection, enforcement, infrastructure and education – and the role SHSOs and their partners can play to address them.
Automated Vehicles (AVs)
While advances in vehicle automation hold much promise to improve safety, they also raise important highway safety issues for both auto insurers and traffic safety program managers.
In 2018, with funding from State Farm, GHSA published "Preparing for Automated Vehicles: Traffic Safety Issues for States," which analyzed market trends and found that most autonomous vehicles (AVs) for the foreseeable future will share driving responsibility with humans. It outlines a number of safety issues and discusses how law enforcement and SHSOs should prepare for AVs on the road now and in the future.
In 2019, GHSA and State Farm® hosted an expert panel meeting in Washington, D.C., to take a deep dive into traffic safety education and law enforcement amid the advent of automated vehicle technology. GHSA published a white paper summarizing the outcomes of that meeting and provides a number of recommendations for SHSOs and the broader safety community.