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GHSA News Release

September 27, 2011

Contact: Jonathan Adkins
(202)669-9746, cell

GHSA Presents National Highway Safety Awards in Cincinnati

WASHINGTON, D.C. & CINCINNATI, Ohio—Today, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) honored its 2011 highway safety award winners during the GHSA Annual Meeting in Cincinnati. GHSA represents the state and territorial highway safety offices across the country that implement programs to address behavioral highway safety issues.

GHSA’s most prestigious award, the James J. Howard Highway Safety Trailblazer Award, was presented posthumously to Dr. Herb Simpson, President and CEO of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) from 1975 to 2006, for his outstanding contributions to the field of highway safety through his groundbreaking research. Dr. Simpson’s work was instrumental in identifying hard core drunk drivers as a significant contributor to highway fatalities and helped pioneer the concept of graduated driver licensing (GDL), among many other contributions.

GHSA bestowed the Kathryn J.R. Swanson Public Service Award to retired National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Associate Administrator Marlene Klein Markison for her commitment to advancing effective highway safety programs across the country. Markison’s knowledge of the intricacies and elements of the many state grant programs was unmatched. She fostered an enduring partnership with GHSA that improved the management and efficiencies in state highway safety offices nationwide.

GHSA also presented five Peter K. O'Rourke Special Achievement Awards for outstanding achievements in highway safety during the prior calendar year. The 2011 winners are:

More details about the winners are online at To request a photo from the Sept. 27 presentation ceremony, contact Kara Macek at or 202-789-0942, ext. 14.

An agenda of the GHSA Annual Meeting is available online at:

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The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)® is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans. Contact GHSA at 202-789-0942 or visit