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Archived Media Coverage: 2012

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Dec. 30, 2012 Editorial, 12/31: Help keep roads safe (Lincoln Journal Star)
Dec. 2012 From Security to Safety – S2S Has Many Safety Benefits (MOVE Magazine)
Article by GHSA Board Member Fred Zwonechek
Dec. 21, 2012 Traffic deaths increase in U.S. The Washington Post
Dec. 20, 2012 U.S. road deaths up 7.1% in first 9 months, most since '75 (The Detroit News)
Dec. 19, 2012 Fight Brewing Over Drunken-Driving Safety Proposal (Roll Call)
Dec. 17, 2012 Maryland pedestrians in peril (The Frederick News-Post)
Dec. 13, 2012 Motorcyclist fatalities on the rise in Tennessee (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Dec. 11, 2012 NTSB: Use ignition locks for all drunken drivers (The Associated Press)
Dec. 11, 2012 U.S. highway deaths drop to lowest total since 1949 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Dec. 10, 2012 Traffic deaths in 2011 fewest in six decades (USA TODAY)
Dec. 10, 2012 Traffic deaths at lowest point in 62 years (The Washington Post)
Dec. 10, 2012 Bike, large truck deaths soar, bucking trend (The Associated Press)
Dec. 10, 2012 Georgia Teen Driver Program Gets National Recognition (Claims Journal)
Nov. 27, 2012 GAO: Give states more flexibility to reduce motorcycle deaths (The Detroit News)
Nov. 16, 2012 Young drivers still texting, surfing the Web (USA TODAY)
Nov. 15, 2012 Seat belts: Who buckles up more? Drivers in the West or South? (Los Angeles Times)
GHSA Chairman Kendell Poole is quoted in this article.
Nov. 14, 2012 New state program encourages motorists to store medical information in glovebox (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Nov. 13, 2012 High-speed toll road has first fatality (San Antonio Express-News)
Nov. 12, 2012 CHP launches campaign to fight driver drowsiness (San Jose Mercury News)
GHSA Member Chris Cochran is quoted in this article.
Nov. 11, 2012 Distracted Driving in Nevada (Eye On Washington with Marilee Joyce)
Oct. 24, 2012 Speeding Through Texas: Going 85 MPH on the Nation's Fastest Highway (ABC News)
Oct. 24, 2012 Concerns over Autobahn-style highway in Lone Star State (Fox News)
Oct. 23, 2012 Single District speed camera: 116,734 tickets worth $11.6 million (The Washington Post)
Oct. 22, 2012 OMG ... 130 texting charges (The Coeur d' Alene Press)
Oct. 20, 2012 Graduated driver’s license law credited with reducing accidents involving Kansas teens (The Wichita Eagle)
GHSA Member Pete Bodyk is quoted in this article.
Oct. 18, 2012 Grant aims to help police tag texting drivers in the act (POLITICO)
Oct. 16, 2012 Motorcycle deaths up as riders lured by nice riding days (Omaha World-Herald)
GHSA Board Member Fred Zwonechek is quoted in this article.
Oct. 11, 2012 Report urges more training for teen drivers (The Tennessean)
Oct. 3, 2012 Trend Reversal: U.S. Traffic Deaths on the Rise in 2012, Experts Baffled (Motor Trend)
Oct. 3, 2012 Experts puzzled by increase in U.S. traffic deaths (Thomson Reuters)
Oct. 2, 2012 Traffic deaths jump after six-year decline (The Washington Post)
Oct. 1, 2012 Traffic deaths rise an estimated 9% as motorists return to roads (Los Angeles Times)
Oct. 1, 2012 Governor’s Highway Safety Office Launches New Website (Tennessee DOT)
Sept. 19, 2012 Groups rally against texting while driving – with little noise on federal action (POLITICO)
Sept. 19, 2012 Amarillo's cellphone ordinance could be difficult to enforce (Amarillo Globe-News)
Sept. 11, 2012 Auto safety grants could see $120 million in cuts (The Detroit News)
Sept. 10, 2012 Group says driving-while-texting laws don't help, calls for complete ban (Michigan Radio - Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Sept. 9, 2012 Texas raises speed limit to 85 mph: Other states could, too (USA TODAY)
Sept. 7, 2012 State highway safety chiefs want to outlaw hand-held cellphone use by drivers (The Washington Post)
Sept. 7, 2012 Can't drive 55? On Texas 130, you soon can go at 85 mph (San Antonio Express-News)
Sept. 6, 2012 New Texas road to have nation's fastest speed limit (Houston Chronicle)
Sept. 6, 2012 Hang up! Group wants national ban on driving with cellphones (Los Angeles Times)
Sept. 6, 2012 Push to get hands on the wheel, not on the cellphone (WTOP - Washington, D.C.)
Sept. 6, 2012 Dramatic increase in New Hampshire motorcycle deaths (New Hampshire Union Leader)
GHSA Board Member Peter Thomson is quoted in this article.
Sept. 5, 2012 SD's biggest city bans texting while driving (The Associated Press)
GHSA Board Member Lee Axdahl is quoted in this article.
Aug. 29, 2012 Texting law is needed (The Greenville News)
Aug. 28, 2012 Police crackdown can curb texting while driving, teens say (USA TODAY)
Aug. 21, 2012 'Invisible Bike Helmet' Keeps Hair Intact and Your Head Safe (ABC News)
Aug. 20, 2012 Most Drunk Driving Deaths Caused By Drivers With Twice Legal BAC Limit (The Washington Post)
Aug. 19, 2012 Push for devices to discourage repeat DWIs (Asbury Park Press - New Jersey Shore)
Aug. 17, 2012 Arizona road deaths increase (The Arizona Republic)
GHSA Member Alberto Gutier is quoted in this article.
Aug. 14, 2012 10,000 communities begin crackdown on drunken driving (WTOP - Washington, D.C.)
Aug. 14, 2012 Federal officials push for tougher state drunken-driving laws (The Washington Post)
GHSA Vice Chairman John Saunders is quoted in this article.
Aug. 14, 2012 U.S. urges states to take tough steps on drunken drivers (The Detroit News)
GHSA Vice Chairman John Saunders is quoted in this article.
Aug. 14, 2012 Drivers Twice Limit Involved in Most Drunk-Driving Deaths (Bloomberg)
Aug. 9, 2012 Pedestrian deaths show need to curb distracted walking (The Washington Post)
Aug. 8, 2012 National traffic deaths are up, but York County is down (York Daily Record - York, Penn.)
Aug. 6, 2012 Half of D.C. traffic fatalities were pedestrians, 2010 federal report says (The Washington Post)
Aug. 4, 2012 Sioux Falls hopes texting ban will ripple (Argus Leader - Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Aug. 2, 2012 How effective are texting bans? (
July 30, 2012 New Federal Transportation Law Encourages Stricter Teen Driving Regs (Kaiser Health News)
July 30, 2012 Distracted pedestrians stumble into danger (The Associated Press)
July 25, 2012 Ohio city's distracted driving law could restrict eating, drinking behind the wheel (FOX News)
July 22, 2012 In fatal crash, a trend (The Frederick News-Post - Frederick, Md.)
July 20, 2012 NHTSA: Traffic deaths shoot up 13.5 percent (The Associated Press)
July 20, 2012 U.S. traffic deaths jump 13.5 percent in 2012 (The Detroit News)
July 8, 2012 New reality: 100 years old and still driving (Omaha World-Herald)
GHSA Member Fred Zwonechek is quoted in this article.
July 8, 2012 Red-light cameras profitable in Philadelphia (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
July 6, 2012 Guideline Helps States with Crash Data Collection (Occupational Health & Safety)
July 5, 2012 New highway bill offers millions in grant money (Hattiesburg
July 5, 2012 Fourth of July is deadliest day on roads; 10% of deaths are teens (Los Angeles Times)
July 5, 2012 Better crash data a big step in the fight against distracted driving (Fast Lane - U.S. DOT Blog)
June 26, 2012 Teen drivers’ progress slowed by texting habits (Car Insurance
June 22, 2012 The Mixed Bag of Driver Education (The New York Times)
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June 18, 2012 Driver's Side: Alabama traffic deaths on decline except among motorcyclists (The Birmingham News)
June 14, 2012 Motorcycle Helmet Laws Save Lives and Dollars: CDC (HealthDay)
June 13, 2012 New 85 mph speed limit in Texas would increase deaths, experts say (Houston Chronicle)
June 13, 2012 Vroom! Texas considers 85 mph speed limit, nation's highest (Los Angeles Times)
June 11, 2012 Apple's 'Eyes Free' system puts Siri in cars (POLITICO)
June 7, 2012 CDC: Majority of older teens text while driving (CBS News)
June 7, 2012 Feds unveil 'blueprint' to eliminate distracted driving (USA TODAY)
June 7, 2012 Gov't steps up effort to combat distracted driving (The Associated Press)
June 5, 2012 Ford Driving Skills for Life Holds Summer Tour to Train Ohio Teen Drivers to Avoid Tragedy (PR Newswire)
June 1, 2012 Q&A: Details on Ohio's texting ban, new teen rules (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
May 31, 2012 Speed kills: Drivers don't need a reason to go faster on Pa. Turnpike (The Patriot-News, Mechanicsburg, Penn.)
May 28, 2012 No change in number of national motorcycle accident deaths, report says (
May 28, 2012 Local tragedy becomes tool to save teen lives (WTOP - Washington, D.C.)
May 26, 2012 DELAWARE: Motorcycle fatalities remain high, says report (The News Journal - Wilmington, Del.)
May 25, 2012 Teen Texting and Summer Driving are the Focus of New AASHTO Video
GHSA is listed as a resource in this video.
May 25, 2012 Price Is Right for Ford Driving Skills for Life (MarketWatch)
May 23, 2012 New study shows motorcycle deaths are not declining (Consumer Reports)
May 22, 2012 Motorcyclist Death Rates Appear to Have Plateaued (The New York Times)
May 22, 2012 Safety Group: No Improvement Expected in Motorcyclist Deaths (The Wall Street Journal)
May 22, 2012 Motorcycle deaths remain steady as overall vehicle deaths drop (Los Angeles Times)
May 22, 2012 Motorcycle deaths stay at same level despite overall safer roads (Open Channel)
May 22, 2012 Motorcycle Deaths Remain High (NSN Autos)
May 22, 2012 No Progress in Reducing U.S. Motorcycle Deaths: Report (U.S.News & World Report)
May 22, 2012 POLITICO Morning Transportation
May 22, 2012 Officials urge safety as motorcycle deaths remain high (The Detroit News)
May 22, 2012 Motorcycle deaths decline 11.6% in Michigan (Detroit Free Press)
May 21, 2012 As crash deaths continue to decline the number of motorcycle fatalities have not (The Washington Post)
May 21, 2012 AARP Announces National Older Driver Safety Expert Panel (AARP)
GHSA Vice Chairman John Saunders will serve on this panel.
May 16, 2012 Communities start to fine for texting and walking (USA TODAY)
May 16, 2012 Is it time to raise the speed limit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike to 70? (The Patriot-News - Mechanicsburg, Penn.)
May 16, 2012 Statewide texting ban sent to Gov. Kasich (WKYC-TV 3 - Cleveland)
May 14, 2012 Drivers who are texting often escape the law (Star Tribune - Minneapolis, Minn.)
May 13, 2012 Teen drivers are texting, just like their parents (The Washington Post)
May 12, 2012 Bill would increase Pennsylvania turnpike's speed limit (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
May 10, 2012 Why teen driving deaths have tumbled to historic lows (The Christian Science Monitor)
May 8, 2012 AAA study: Passengers up risk of teen driver fatalities (USA TODAY)
May 8, 2012 Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signs law banning texting and driving (The Birmingham News)
May 8, 2012 Teen passengers spell danger for novice drivers (Associated Press / FOX News)
May 8, 2012 Passengers increase chance of teen driver fatalities, AAA study finds (The Washington Post)
May 7, 2012 U.S. traffic deaths at record low; economy may be a factor (Los Angeles Times)
May 4, 2012 Memphis Teens Take Safe Driving Challenge (ABC24 - Memphis)
This program came to Tennessee in partnership with the state highway safety office and GHSA.
May 2, 2012 Statewide texting ban clears Ohio Senate panel (Associated Press / Dayton Daily News)
May 2, 2012 Text this: No more texting while driving in Alabama (The Huntsville Times)
May 2, 2012 Teen drivers might lose all devices (The Columbus Dispatch)
April 25, 2012 Cuomo Applauds Intensified Campaign to Ticket Distracted Drivers (The New York Times)
April 25, 2012 Alabama Senate passes ban on texting and driving (The Birmingham News)
April 23, 2012 Extreme Lessons For New Teen Drivers (NBC 5 Chicago)
This program is sponsored by Ford and GHSA.
April 22, 2012 Gadgets can be dangerous in new cars (The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.)
GHSA Board Member Ryan Klitzsch is quoted in this article.
April 18, 2012 Arizona lawmakers OK booster-seat bill (The Arizona Republic)
April 17, 2012 Fork in the road on driver distractions (POLITICO)
April 11, 2012 Crash numbers show dangers of distracted driving: Road Rant (The Plain Dealer - Cleveland, Ohio)
April 11, 2012 Responsible drivers stick to the limit (Star Tribune - Minneapolis, Minn.)
April 8, 2012 Questions cloud red-light camera issue (USA TODAY)
April 4, 2012 Death in the fast lane: Speeding accounts for nearly one-third of traffic deaths (
March 30, 2012 NC town's cellphone ban may have little effect (Associated Press)
March 30, 2012 Eating that Big Mac while driving could get you a ticket (Petaluma Argus-Courier - Petaluma, Calif.)
GHSA Member the California Office of Highway Safety is referenced in this article.
March 30, 2012 3 critical skills your teen driver lacks (FOX Business)
March 27, 2012 NTSB pushes proposal to bar hands-free calls by drivers (The Detroit News)
March 27, 2012 NTSB explores dangers of distracted driving (The Washington Post)
March 26, 2012 Cellphones and driving: As dangerous as we think? (Chicago Tribune)
Staff and GHSA Member Chris Cochran are quoted in this article.
March 25, 2012 Text to Driver: That’s My Space (The New York Times)
GHSA Immediate Past Chairman Chris Murphy is quoted in this article.
March 22, 2012 Summit on traffic safety tackles distracted driving 'cultural clash' (
March 20, 2012 States enacting more restrictions on young drivers (Asbury Park Press - New Jersey Shore)
March 15, 2012 Strategies aimed at reducing deaths among young motorists (USA TODAY)
March 15, 2012 Graduated driver's licenses: Opinions, policies vary (USA TODAY)
March 13, 2012 Why don't we care about speeding? (
March 13, 2012 Red-Light Cameras May Do Better Than Cops At Saving Lives (Hartford Courant)
March 12, 2012 Speed a persistent killer on U.S. roads (United Press International)
March 12, 2012 Little Progress in Reducing Speeding-Related Traffic Deaths, Report Says (TV20 Detroit)
March 12, 2012 Is Public Indifferent to Speeding? Fatalities Up Nationwide (The Caldwells Patch - Caldwell, N.J.)
March 12, 2012 Driver's Side: Study for governors finds we drive too fast, too aggressively -- and it doesn't bother us (The Birmingham News)
March 9, 2012 Slow down! Speed a factor in almost a third of traffic fatalities (Los Angeles Times)
March 8, 2012 Study cites lack of progress in reducing speeding deaths (Consumer Reports)
March 8, 2012 Deaths by Speeding on the Rise (MSN Autos)
March 8, 2012 Speeding enforcement falls through cracks with budget cuts (USA TODAY)
March 8, 2012 Speeding-related deaths are on the rise (WTOP - Washington, D.C.)
March 8, 2012 Speeding-Related Crashes On The Rise (CBS Dallas-Fort Worth)
March 7, 2012 Texting while driving ban just around the corner (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
March 5, 2012 Teen driving crashes increase nationally, drop in Oregon (Seaside Signal - Seaside, Ore.)
GHSA Member Shelly Snow is quoted in this article.
March 5, 2012 Cell Phone-Related Traffic Deaths Drop (NBC San Diego)
March 5, 2012 California drivers finally put down those cellphones and are living to tell the tale (San Jose Mercury News)
March 4, 2012 Pennsylvania law banning texting by drivers to take effect (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
March 3, 2012 Drive is on for a uniform statewide ban on motorists using cellphones (Chicago Tribune)
March 2012 Are deaths of teen drivers on the rise? (
GHSA Chairman Troy Costales is quoted in this article.
Feb. 29, 2012 The 411 on cellphone tickets and car insurance (FOX Business)
Feb. 29, 2012 Federal proposal could lead to less distracted driving, lower auto insurance rates (
Feb. 27, 2012 Long-term transportation bill faces detours (Politico)
Feb. 23, 2012 Teen drivers need extra attention (San Antonio Express-News)
Feb. 20, 2012 Teen driving deaths up in Arizona (KNXV-TV,
Feb. 17, 2012 More teens dying behind the wheel again (MSNBC)
Feb. 17, 2012 Teen deaths in car crashes climb (The Washington Post)
Feb. 17, 2012 Traffic officials following the few checkpoint rules that exist, auditor finds (California Watch)
GHSA Immediate Past Chairman Chris Murphy is quoted in this article.
Feb. 17, 2012 Carmakers urged to limit dashboard distractions (FOX News)
Feb. 17, 2012 Teen driving deaths increase in the first half of 2011 (Consumer Reports)
Feb. 16, 2012 Deaths Of Teen Drivers On Pace To Rise For First Time In 8 Years (AOL Autos)
Feb. 16, 2012 Deaths rise among youngest drivers (USA TODAY)
Feb. 16, 2012 Fatalities Among Teenage Drivers Rose in First Half of 2011, Study Finds (The New York Times)
Feb. 16, 2012 TEEN FATALITIES ON THE RISE? (Politico Morning Transportation)
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Feb. 16, 2012 U.S. Teen Driving Deaths Up: Report (U.S.News & World Report)
Feb. 16, 2012 ODU students take W82TXT pledge (WAVY TV 10 - Portsmouth, Va.)
Feb. 16, 2012 Number of teen driving deaths up in Arizona (News/Talk 92.3 KTAR - Phoenix, Ariz.)
Feb. 16, 2012 Teen Deaths On The Rise Nationally (WIBX 950 - Marcy, N.Y.)
Feb. 16, 2012 Carmakers Urged to Curb Dashboard Distractions (The New York Times)
Feb. 16, 2012 U.S. Calls for Ban on Facebook While Driving (Bloomberg)
Feb. 16, 2012 U.S. proposes guidelines to dent driver distractions (Detroit Free Press)
Feb. 16, 2012 LaHood: Automakers should block texts, tweets and browsing (The Washington Post)
Feb. 16, 2012 Transportation Department guidelines recommend carmakers disable distracting dashboard devices (Associated Press)
Feb. 14, 2012 Fewer tickets, more warnings as Jacksonville traffic deaths drop (The Florida Times-Union)
Feb. 12, 2012 Texting-while-driving ban up again in Florida legislature (WKMG-TV Local 6 - Orlando, Fla.)
Feb. 12, 2012 In Conn., more men than women use phones, drive (Associated Press)
Feb. 11, 2012 Are state and feds tying police grant money to DUI arrest quotas? (Chicago Sun-Times)
Feb. 8, 2012 Lawmakers encouraged to strengthen cell phone ban (The Gazette - Gaithersburg, Md.)
GHSA Member John Kuo is noted in this article.
Feb. 5, 2012 If technology is the problem, can it also help prevent distracted-driving crashes? (
Feb. 5, 2012 Cellphones and distracted driving: What happens when the brain is overloaded? The answer will surprise you (
Jan. 26, 2012 Segarra, Fonfara support red light camera bill ( - Norwalk, Conn.)
Jan. 25, 2012 NTSB recommendation buoys supporters of ban on texting while driving (Cronkite News - Phoenix, Ariz.)
GHSA Member Alberto Gutier is quoted in this article.
Jan. 24, 2012 Peer Passengers Are Bad News for Teen Drivers (Health Behavior News Service)
Jan. 18, 2012 Texting ban would save lives, police say (The Charleston Gazette - Charleston, W. Va.)
Jan. 6, 2012 Ford Driving Skills for Life Gears Up for 2012 Tour (Ford Motor Company)
Jan. 6, 2012 Cellphone driving bans: Know where you're breaking the law (CBS News)
Jan. 3, 2012 Cell phone ban for commercial vehicle drivers takes effect today (The Free Lance-Star - Fredericksburg, Va.)
Jan. 2, 2012 Driving And Phoning: What's New In 2012 (NPR)
Jan. 1, 2012 Maine 2011 road deaths lowest since 1959 (Associated Press)
GHSA Members Lauren Stewart and Peter Thomson are quoted in this article.