GHSA Highway Safety Awards
2009 Award Winners
Awards were presented during GHSA's Highway Safety Awards Luncheon on Monday, August 31, in conjunction with the 2009 GHSA Annual Meeting.
The 2009 James J. Howard Highway Safety Trailblazer Award Winner
Senator John J. Cullerton—Illinois Senator John J. Cullerton is the recipient of the 2009 James J. Howard Highway Safety Trailblazer Award.
Throughout his 30-year career in the Illinois State Legislature, Senator Cullerton has amassed a traffic safety record that likely surpasses that of any state legislator in the nation. He has led the effort in the state to enact safety legislation on a variety of issues, including: child passenger safety; primary seat belt use; mandatory motorcycle helmet use; .08 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC); graduated licensing; and ignition interlocks. Learn More
The 2009 Kathryn J.R. Swanson Public Service Award Winner
Kevin E. Quinlan—The 2009 Kathryn J.R. Swanson Public Service Award is presented posthumously to Kevin E. Quinlan.
Mr. Quinlan died suddenly in 2008 after 35 years of service with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Throughout his career, Mr. Quinlan worked tirelessly to improve highway safety and reduce the number of lives lost in preventable crashes. Learn More
Illinois Operation Teen Safe Driving Program—While there are many teen driving programs in the United States, none have reached as many teens as the Illinois Operation Teen Safe Driving Program. The program was developed and implemented by the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety (IDOT/DTS) along with the Ford Motor Company Fund’s Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program and The Allstate Foundation.
Illinois, like many states, was
struggling with the issue of teen driving. After a successful pilot in 2007 in seven high schools, the program
was expanded statewide in 2008 to involve 105 high schools. Learn More