State Highway Safety Showcase
NASCAR’s fan base largely overlaps with those drivers most likely to undertake risky behaviors behind the wheel, and several State Highway Safety Offices have collaborated with drivers and tracks to deliver the safe driving message. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is one such state, partnering with the Kentucky Speedway for “Buckle Up in Your Truck 225.”
The West Virginia Governor's Highway Safety Program was one of the recipients of GHSA and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility's (Responsibility.org) 2017 grants to combat drug-impaired driving.
Before receiving the grant, West Virginia had 33 trained Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) providing services to the state's 55 counties. In order to fill gaps in staffing, West Virginia sought to use this funding to add an additional DRE training class in 2017.
In 2017, the New York Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) received a grant from GHSA and the National Road Safety Foundation to tackle the issue of drowsy driving on the state's roadways. With this grant, GTSC partnered with Stony Brook University's School of Health Technology and Management to develop the Stop Drowsy Driving Initiative.
Through a grant from GHSA and Ford Driving Skills for Life, the New Hampshire Office of Highway Safety worked with the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock's Injury Prevention Center to host a teen driver safety conference in October 2017.
The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) was one of the recipients of GHSA and the National Road Safety Foundation's (NRSF) 2017 drowsy driving grants. THSO chose to address the issue from two angles, using their grant to expand partnerships with both Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and the Tennessee Trucking Foundation (TTF).
The Texas Department of Transportation's Traffic Safety Section was one of the recipients of GHSA and Responsibility.org's 2016 grants aimed at combating drug-impaired driving.
After experiencing a 19% increase in fatal crashes involving a drug-impaired driver between 2013 and 2014, TxDOT sought to add more law enforcement officers trained in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) to their roads.
The Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety recently partnered with the Shepherd Center, one of the nation's top rehabilitation hospitals, to develop AutoCoach, a driver's education app for parents.