Products & Services
GHSA offers a variety of products and services for both its members and the general public.
GHSA’s member newsletter provides timely, comprehensive information about federal and state highway safety activities and initiatives. Associate Members can reach more than 1,000 individuals in the highway safety field by writing contributing articles.
- Emails and News Releases
GHSA keeps its membership apprised on critical issues and important legislative and regulatory developments. News releases contain the latest Association activities or policy positions and are regularly covered by the national media.
- GHSA Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting provides an opportunity to share information and network, learn about the latest safety developments in Washington and nationwide, and discuss new products and services with a wide variety of vendors. High-level federal leaders including the DOT Secretary, NHTSA Administrator, FHWA Administrator and NTSB Chairman have had conversations with GHSA members at past Annual Meetings.
- GHSA Policies and Priorities
GHSA's Policies and Priorities provide GHSA positions on a broad range of highway safety issues including the federal funding, occupant protection, impaired driving, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and highway safety data.
- Special Reports and Publications
GHSA produces numerous reports on key behavioral highway safety issues. These include the Spotlight on Highway Safety series that examines the latest traffic safety data (such as motorcyclist or pedestrian fatalities) on a state-by-state basis. The Association also releases timely, in-depth reports on imporant topics such as drugged driving and pedestrian safety.
- Teen Driver Safety
Since 2003, GHSA has partnered with the Ford Motor Company Fund on the multi-million dollar Ford Driving Skills for Life program. This comprehensive teen driving program has brought increased visibility to the teen issue while providing training to vulnerable new drivers.
- Member Website
GHSA Members Only website provides access to the latest news from Washington, a directory of member contact information, and much more. It serves as an important resource for the membership.
- Annual Awards Program
GHSA’s annual awards showcases the nation’s best and brightest safety leaders and efforts. Members and associate members nominate an outstanding individual for the James J. Howard Highway Safety Trailblazer Award, programs for the Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Awards and individuals for the Kathryn J.R. Swanson Public Service Award. Awards winners are honored at the Annual Meeting and receive national recognition. The entire safety community benefits by learning of these successful efforts and can emulate these successes in their community.
The Association provides training for new Governor's Representatives, Highway Safety Coordinators, and senior staff at its Executive Seminar. Additional training is provided on topical issues via webinars and at the Annual Meeting. GHSA has also teamed up with NHTSA to provide communications training at national conferences on strategic communications.
The Association has developed a variety of tools for the members to help them improve the administration of their programs. Two Guidance documents – for the federally required Highway Safety Plan and the Annual Report – were developed to provide detailed information for producing the reports in compliance with federal rules. To assist members with the triennial NHTSA Management Review process, Management Review Self-Assessment Checklist, Deadline and Reminder Table and Timeline Schedule are available along with access to related guidance and interpretive documents. A Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Advisory provides advice regarding the annual calculation of MOE required of the States to qualify for three of the Section 405 grant programs. A Monitoring Advisory was also produced which describes the elements of a complete state monitoring policy and provides best practice examples of state monitoring policies. The Association also produces a model Policies and Procedures Manual that can be adapted for specific state use.
These tools have been developed with the support and guidance of the GHSA Federal Relations Committee. This Committee serves as a liaison for the members with NHTSA Headquarters staff to foster timely communication of policies and strives for consistent application of the federal rules across the country.
The Association represents the members before Congress and with the Administration on a range of behavioral safety issues. In the past, GHSA has been called on to testify before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee – the two major transportation authorizing committees of Congress. GHSA’s influence helped shape the last reauthorization and resulted in increased behavioral highway safety funding for the states.
In addition, the Association is represented on many organizations that share the same safety interests and concerns about safety such as the Transportation Research Board and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Association of Transportation Safety Information Professionals, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and many more.