State Laws & FundingNewsMeetingsIssuesPublicationsResources & ProgramsAbout UsMembers Only

Calendar Icon Highway Safety Calendar

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign Up for GHSA News

Print this Story

GHSA News Release

March 26, 2012

Contact: Jonathan Adkins
(202)789-0942, x13
(202)669-9746 (cell)

States to Weigh in at NTSB Attentive Driving Forum

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) will be among the panelists at the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB's) Attentive Driving - Countermeasures for Distraction forum taking place Tuesday, March 27 in Washington, D.C.

Christopher J. Murphy, GHSA's Immediate Past Chairman and Director of the California Office of Highway Safety, will be speaking during the second panel, discussing state enforcement. He will discuss the effects of California's distracted driving law enforcement efforts and also touch on the results of efforts in other states. California has been among the most aggressive states in enforcing texting and handheld cell phone bans.

GHSA Executive Director Barbara Harsha notes, "GHSA applauds NTSB for bringing together experts to discuss this important issue. Examining the effects of existing state laws will help us determine how to best curb distracted driving in the future. There is still much that we do not know about driver distraction and forums such as this will help us piece together the puzzle."

More information about the NTSB Forum can be found at:

Highlights from Mr. Murphy's presentation pdf icon [48 KB, 6 pgs.] are available here.

State distracted driving laws as well as research and other resources are available at:

# # #

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 Find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at @GHSAHQ.