Governors Highway Safety Association News

Marijuana, Opioids Found in High Percentage of Drivers Killed in Car Crashes

More than half of drivers killed in car accidents who were tested for drugs had marijuana, opioids or a combination of the two in their system, according to a new report. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report found that …

Weather May Have Brought About Reduction in Motorcyclist Traffic Deaths Last Year

Motorcyclist deaths reportedly declined an estimated 5.6 percent in 2017, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) that projected that 4,990 people were killed on motorcycles in 2017. This number, based on preliminary data provided …

Cooler Temps Prompt Police Warning of Increased Pedestrian Risk

As the season changes and the days grow shorter, law enforcement and safety officials are reminding motorists and pedestrians that fall is one of the most dangerous times of the year for people to cross streets and roads. The advisory …

Study Finds That While More in Massachusetts Buckle up, State Still Lags

Seatbelt usage has climbed to an all-time high in Massachusetts, yet according to new research from the state highway safety division more than one in five motorists still do not buckle up. An observational study conducted for the agency by …

Projected 7.7% Rise in Motor Vehicle Fatalities Has Highway Safety Officials Concerned

The estimated 35,200 individuals killed in motor vehicle fatalities on U.S. roads in 2015 is alarming to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and State Highway Safety Office members. This represents the largest year-over-year percentage increase (7.7 percent) since national …

Colorado Joining ‘Zero Deaths’ National Traffic Safety Plan

Colorado is signing on to a national effort to reduce traffic deaths dramatically – all the way to zero. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper plans to tout the effort Monday afternoon at the Capitol. Six years ago the national Governors Highway …

Ohio Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities Down

A national transportation safety report shows pedestrian traffic fatalities are down nationally – including in Ohio. The recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association found that Ohio was one of 25 states where fewer pedestrians were killed in the …

Poole Re-Elected Head of National Road Safety Group

Tennessee’s chief road safety official has been re-elected as head of the national Governors Highway Safety Association. Kendell Poole, the director of the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office, was voted in to a second yearlong term at the association’s annual …

Traffic Deaths Surged in 2012

Traffic fatalities rose 5 percent last year, according to an analysis of preliminary state data, reversing a seven-year decline in which the number of annual traffic deaths reached their lowest level in more than six decades. An estimated 36,200 people …