The Rhode Island Department of Transportation Office on Highway Safety (RIDOT/OHS) used grant funding from GHSA and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) to provide law enforcement training to enhance its efforts to combat drug impaired driving through a monthly training calendar for Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) classes.
State Highway Safety Showcase
These showcases provide an opportunity for State Highway Safety Offices to share their program successes and innovative practices or learn from what's happening in other states.
Through a grant from Ford Driving Skills for Life and GHSA, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) challenged five high schools across the state during the 2018-2019 school year to develop a three-minute educational video about Tennessee's Graduated Driver License (GDL) laws and regulations. Each of the five schools received $2,500 in equipment to create the video.
In April of 2019, through a grant from Ford Driving Skills for Life (Ford DSFL) and GHSA, the Nebraska Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office (NDOT-HSO) educated 16 teen drivers about the importance of safe driving.
The Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety used grant funding from GHSA and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) to host a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) School October 2018 through January 2019. Law enforcement agencies were notified of the training opportunity through multiple postings and distribution through the DRE network, Minnesota Police Chief Association, Minnesota Sheriff Association, Law Enforcement Liaison networks and the Minnesota County Attorney Association.
In 2018, through a grant from the National Road Safety Foundation, the Nebraska Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office (NDOT-HSO) worked with two community colleges and one private college to carry out drowsy driving educational programming and present at lunch and learns. With the support of the local health district, NDOT-HSO was able to reach 300 students and approximately 500,000 citizens in the metro area during November and approximately 300,000 community members in the rural target counties during May and June.
In 2018, 215 passenger vehicle deaths in Colorado involved unbuckled drivers and passengers. An estimated 70 of those lives could have been saved had the individual been wearing a seat belt. Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to prevent severe injury or death in a motor vehicle crash, yet Colorado, with a rate of only 88 percent, ranks behind the national average of 90 percent.
Through a grant from Ford Driving Skills for Life and GHSA, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission partnered with the Cascade Pacific Action Alliance's (CPAA's) Youth Marijuana Prevention and Education Program (YMPEP) for a campaign warning teens about the dangers of marijuana-impaired driving.
The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC) was one of five State Highway Safety Offices to receive a grant from GHSA and ride hailing company Lyft to prevent impaired driving during the 2018 holiday season. With its grant, LHSC complemented its annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement campaign with social media messaging to spotlight discounted Lyft rides.
In 2018, Montana’s State Highway Traffic Safety Office (SHTSS) was awarded grants by both Ford Driving Skills for Life and The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc.'s partnerships with GHSA. With these funds, SHTSS launched a statewide contest between Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapters to create peer-to-peer teen safe driving campaigns, with an emphasis on drowsy driving.
As the recipient of a grant from GHSA and Lyft, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) bolstered its winter anti-impaired driving campaign with additional media efforts and discounted rides for impaired travelers.