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Latest Governors Highway Safety Association Stories

2010-09-20 08:00:00

12 New Texting Bans Since 2009 Summit Highlight State Activities WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) will be among the many organizations represented at the 2010 Distracted Driving Summit being held September 21 in Washington. GHSA Executive Director Barbara Harsha will speak on a panel at 2:40 p.m. ET. She will outline the steps states have taken since the initial Summit last year. In addition to Ms. Harsha, GHSA is being...

2010-09-16 09:00:00

Publication Funded by State Farm® Will Help States Protect Teens Behind the Wheel WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has announced the availability of a new publication, Protecting Teen Drivers: A Guidebook for State Highway Safety Offices. The resource was developed by GHSA with a grant from State Farm®. Despite growing awareness of the dangers teen drivers pose to themselves and others,...

2010-08-19 08:56:00

Technology to Play a Key Role in Aug. 20 - Sept. 6 Crackdown WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Drunk driving is not an accident--it's an epidemic of blatant disregard for human life. Each year, nearly 12,000 people die on our roads due to drunk driving. That would be equal to about 30 jumbo jets crashing each year. In California alone, over 1,000 people died at the hands of drunk drivers in 2008. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090827/GHSALOGO) (Logo:...

2010-08-04 11:36:00

Program to teach more than 400 teens hands-on safety training to address key teen crash problems -- More than 400 Seattle area teens are invited to participate in the Ford Driving Skills for Life Ride and Drive hands-on driving safety event. Program is one of the only in the nation with a comprehensive series of exercises that allow teens to learn firsthand about driving hazards from a professional driver -- Teens learn skills in the four key areas that contribute to over 60 percent of...

2010-07-07 10:00:00

Statement for Attribution to Vernon F. Betkey, Jr., Chairman, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) WASHINGTON, July 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- I am delighted to join Secretary LaHood at the Department of Transportation today. GHSA is extremely grateful to the Secretary and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for their national leadership in raising awareness of the distracted driving problem. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090827/GHSALOGO)...

2010-06-15 09:00:00

Stronger Laws, Better Data and Greater Focus Among Findings WASHINGTON, June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a new report that provides the first comprehensive look at state activities and programs to address the growing problem of distracted driving. The report, "Curbing Distracted Driving: 2010 Survey of State Safety Programs," details a host of approaches states are implementing. The survey found that states are...

2010-06-09 14:06:00

MIDLAND, Penn., June 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Student band wins $20,000 in savings bonds as national winner of Ford Driving Skills for Life Belt It Out song contest. Surprise announcement made by celebrity Kate Voegele during school assembly near Pittsburgh, Penn. Members of the 2nd and 3rd place bands, from the Minnesota communities of Maplewood and Rosemount respectively, receive savings bonds of $1,000 - $3,000. A carefully-staged surprise stunned high school students Amber...

2010-06-04 13:09:00

Georgia, Vermont and Kansas Act to Save More Lives on Highways WASHINGTON, June 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- GHSA applauds Georgia, Kansas and Vermont for enacting new laws to improve highway safety in their states. Kansas and Georgia strengthened their seat belt and distracted driving laws, while all three states have banned texting for all drivers. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090827/GHSALOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090827/GHSALOGO) Yesterday,...

2010-04-26 12:32:00

Drivers Urged to Make Commitment to Hang Up and Drive WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and its member State Highway Safety Agencies are joining forces with Oprah Winfrey and Harpo Studios to fight distracted driving during "No Phone Zone Day" on Friday April 30, 2010. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090827/GHSALOGO) Affiliates nationwide will air a special live episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" devoted to...

2010-04-22 10:00:00

Fatalities Decline at Least 10%; First Drop in 12 Years WASHINGTON, April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A report released today by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reveals that motorcycle fatalities declined in 2009 by at least ten percent. Based on preliminary data, GHSA is projecting that motorcycle fatalities declined from 5,290 in 2008 to 4,762 or less in 2009. The projection is based on data from 50 states and the District of Columbia. The declines come on the heels of...