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What is GHSA?

GHSA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit representing the state and territorial highway safety offices that implement programs to address behavioral highway safety issues.

GHSA has two tiers of membership: its core State Highway Safety Office (SHSO) Members and Associate Members.


Through GHSA leadership, partnerships and advocacy, States and Territories move toward zero deaths on the nation’s roadways.


GHSA provides leadership and advocacy for the States and Territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices.


  1. Promote traffic safety as a national priority
  2. Expand and deliver member support services
  3. Develop new and strengthen existing partnerships
  4. Ensure sufficient resources to support association services
    and priorities


The Highway Safety Act of 1966 established the State and Community Highway Safety Grant Program (U.S.C. Title 23, Section 402), commonly known as the "402" program, creating a unique partnership among federal, state and local governments. This legislation also set the foundation for the creation of State Highway Safety Offices, which were funded primarily through 402 funds. In each state and territory, governors select a Highway Safety Representative (Governor's Representative) to administer the program.

In 1967, several Governor's Representatives, realizing the need to share information and collectively work for national safety goals, decided to organize into the National Association of Governors' Highway Safety Representatives (NAGHSR). The organization was incorporated in 1974 and received nonprofit status in 1976. In the ensuing years, its membership, expertise and influence grew. In 2002, the name was changed to the Governors Highway Safety Association.