Troy E. Costales, GHSA Immediate Past Chairman
Administrator, Oregon Transportation Safety Division
Troy has served as the Transportation Safety Division Administrator and Governor's Highway Safety Representative since September of 1997. He has over 20 years experience in Transportation Safety, including 14 as the Administrator of the Division. In this current position, Troy serves as a member of the executive management team for the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Following a leadership change in December 2011, Troy became Chairman of GHSA, a position he served through August, 2012. During the past 13 years, Troy has served: seven terms as a member of the board for the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA); as a member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) – Standing Committee on Highway Safety; and as a team member for the revisions to the NHTSA Impaired Driving program management course. In addition to serving on the GHSA board as Vice Chairman, Troy also has led the GHSA Member Services Committee. He is also currently serving as a member of the Transportation Safety Management Committee and the NCHRP Panel 17-18 for the Transportation Research Board (TRB), a member of the AASHTO Strategic Highway Safety Plan initiative, and on the International Association of Chiefs of Police - Drug Evaluation and Classification Program - Technical Advisory Panel.
Under Troy's leadership, Oregon has seen a dramatic decline in traffic fatalities and injuries, to the lowest level since 1944. The number of individuals injured in traffic crashes has also declined by more than 30 percent since the peak of 39,000 in 1996 to 26,000 in 2009. In addition, Oregon started a strong graduated driver license program that includes an incentive for driver education. Over the past three years the number of 16 year-old drivers behind the wheel when someone is killed or injured, has declined by over 50 percent. Oregon continues to post one of the highest safety belt use rates in the nation at 97 percent. With the decline in the overall fatality toll, the number of alcohol-involved fatalities has also decreased by double digit percentages in this past decade.