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GHSA News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2012

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

GHSA Joins NTSB Panel on Eliminating Substance-Impaired Driving

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Wednesday, May 16, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) Chairman Troy E. Costales will be participating in a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) forum to discuss how to end substance-impaired driving in America. The two-day forum – Reaching Zero: Actions to Eliminate Substance-Impaired Driving – is open to the public and takes place at the NTSB Conference Center in Washington, D.C. today and tomorrow.

GHSA commends the NTSB for holding their first-ever forum on measures to eliminate substance-impaired driving. GHSA Chairman Costales will be joined by representatives from government, advocacy organizations, industry, and other key constituencies during the last panel of the Forum, entitled “Actions Needed to Reach Zero.”

Costales will touch on: GHSA’s support for ignition interlock for all first-time convicted drunk drivers and other countermeasures; separate impaired driving charges for drugged driving; and the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) training program that trains Drug Recognition Experts to detect and apprehend drug-impaired drivers. He will remind participants that each of us needs to take personal responsibility for ourselves and those around us when we use the roadways across the country.

GHSA Executive Director Barbara Harsha notes: “We are pleased participate in this and review concrete actions needed to drive down the number of impaired driving fatalities and injuries.”

More information about the NTSB Forum can be found at: www.ntsb.gov/news/events/2012/Substance_Impaired_Driving/index.html.

State impaired driving laws are available at: www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/impaired_laws.html.

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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 www.ghsa.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GHSAhq or follow us on Twitter at @GHSAHQ.