FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2012
Contact: Jonathan Adkins
National Highway Safety Awards Presented in Baltimore
WASHINGTON, D.C. & BALTIMORE, MD—Today, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) honored its 2012 highway safety award winners during its Annual Meeting in Baltimore. GHSA represents the state and territorial highway safety offices that implement programs to address behavioral highway safety issues across the country. An Awards Luncheon was sponsored by The Allstate Foundation.
GHSA presented its most prestigious award, the James J. Howard Highway Safety Award, to John Lacey, Director of the Alcohol, Policy, and Safety Research Center at the Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation (PIRE) for his 40 plus years of pioneering program implementation, project evaluation and policy advocacy, particularly in the area of impaired driving.
The Kathryn J.R. Swanson Public Service Award was given to Norma Broussard, Chief of Parish Courts for the District Attorney's Office in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana for her leadership in implementing policies and practices to reduce impaired driving through legislation, education and public awareness.
GHSA also awarded five Peter K. O'Rourke Special Achievement Awards for outstanding highway safety achievements during the prior calendar year. These awards went to the following programs:
- Northeast Alabama Traffic Safety Office "Yellow Dot" Program, which provides first responders with critical information needed to help stabilize seriously injured crash victims. Vehicle owners place a yellow dot sticker on their vehicle that alerts first responders to look in the glove box for a folder containing key medical information. As a result, thousands of Alabama citizens now have a better chance of surviving a traffic crash during the critical first hour after a trauma.
- California Highway Patrol "Safe on 17" Task Force, a diverse group of law enforcement, local government, engineering, and emergency service professionals who have implemented safety strategies to achieve the lowest number of fatal and injury collisions on record on a notoriously dangerous stretch of highway in California.
- Guam DWI Court, which brought about outstanding improvements in the adjudication and treatment of DWI offenders in the U.S. Territory of Guam through a robust DWI process that not only makes the roads safer for Guam residents, but also helps offenders get the treatment they need in a language they can understand.
- New Mexico Smart Roadside Inspection Program, a data-driven strategy that has revolutionized the enforcement of commercial vehicle laws in New Mexico. By collecting and analyzing data through strategically placed remote sensors, the program has streamlined commercial vehicle screening methods and maximized the cost effectiveness of federal and state commercial vehicle enforcement funds.
- Ollie Otter Booster Seat & Seat Belt Safety Program, a statewide booster seat and seatbelt campaign targeted to Tennessee’s elementary school children and their caregivers. With repeated exposure and by creating a fun environment, the program reaches children at a critical age, when good safety habits are formed, teaching them to make the correct choices as they move from car seat, to booster seat, to seatbelt.
More details are available at www.ghsa.org/html/meetings/awards/2012/12index.html. To request a photo from the presentation ceremony, contact Jonathan Adkins, firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-669-9746.
A complete schedule for the GHSA Annual Meeting is available online at: www.ghsa.org/html/meetings/annual/2012/agenda.html.
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