News Releases

As the voice of highway safety, GHSA produces periodic news releases on topics of importance to its membership and the highway safety community.

New Research Encourages States to Adopt Comprehensive Cell Phone Laws to Reduce Distracted Driving Crashes

As distracted driving continues to plague our roads and kill people every day, state laws that are broadly worded to prohibit drivers from holding a cell phone under any circumstance appear to be effective in reducing rear-end crashes, according to a new research paper published today by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

New Report Offers States a Playbook for Messaging to Cannabis Consumers About Roadway Safety

As cannabis use becomes more prevalent in the United States, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), and the National Alliance to Stop Impaired Driving (NASID) today released a new report that provides guidance on how State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) can better communicate with cannabis consumers about safe driving and offers recommendations about the types of messages that do and don’t work.

U.S. Traffic Deaths Reach 16-Year High

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported today that 42,915 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2021 – the most since 2005 and an average of 117 deaths every day. Crash deaths rose by 10.5% in 2021 compared to the year before, making it the largest ever annual percentage increase in the nearly five-decade history of the Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

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