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2013 GHSA Annual Meeting Awards program cover 2013 Award Descriptions
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GHSA Highway Safety Awards

2013 Award Winners

GHSA Highway Safety Awards

The 2013 GHSA Highway Safety Awards were presented on Tuesday, Aug. 27, in conjunction with the 2013 GHSA Annual Meeting in San Diego.

The 2013 James J. Howard Highway Safety Trailblazer Award Winner

Dr. James Hedlund

Dr. James Hedlund—Follow the data, follow the science. That aptly describes Dr. James “Jim” Hedlund’s highway safety philosophy, which he has honed over the past 37 years. A mathematician by training, Jim is skilled at taking complex, sometimes abstract problems and boiling them down into understandable parts. Learn More

The 2013 Kathryn J.R. Swanson Public Service Award Winner

Terry Pence

Terry Pence—Trust, integrity, excellence, and service are just a few of the words used to describe Terry Pence, Traffic Safety Section Director for the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Traffic Operations Division. His dedication to saving lives and preventing injuries on the roadways across Texas and nationwide spans more than thirty years. Learn More

The 2013 Peter K. O'Rourke Special Achievement Award Winners

Alert Today Alive Tomorrow

Florida DOT Bicycle/Pedestrian Focused Initiative—In 2010, Florida’s pedestrian fatality rate was the highest in the nation, at 2.58 deaths per 100,000 population. Pedestrian deaths accounted for 22 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state, claiming 499 lives. Recognizing the need to improve safety for these vulnerable roadway users, the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Bicycle/Pedestrian Focused Initiative commenced in late 2011. Learn More

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Kentucky Drive Down Team—A collaborative effort between East Kentucky Broadcasting and the Pike County Highway Safety Team, Drive Down is an educational initiative credited with sparking a 19.8 percent reduction in traffic crashes in the state’s “most dangerous” county. Pike – a rural, mountainous county – has consistently ranked among the state’s top three for property damage, serious injury and fatal crashes, as well as low seat belt and child safety seat use. Learn More

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Remembering Ally: Distracted Driving Awareness Campaign—On December 28, 2010, Michigan high school student, Ally Zimmerman, was seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash caused by a distracted driver. She died of her injuries early the following year at the age of 16. Her death prompted the Traffic Improvement Association (TIA) of Michigan, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation and the teen’s family, to launch Remembering Ally, a campaign dedicated to educating teens and adults about the dangers of distracted driving. Learn More

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Oregon DOT, Traffic Safety Division E-Crash/E-Citation Program—Oregon has one of the lowest police to population ratios in the Western United States. To address this disparity, law enforcement agencies know they must work smarter to address the many safety issues impacting the communities they serve. In that spirit, local police agencies in Oregon began using electronic ticketing as early as 2004 to more efficiently issue motor vehicle citations. Learn More

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Utah "Don't Drive Stupid" Parent Night Program—Recognizing the critical role parents play in helping their teens survive their most dangerous driving years, Utah’s Zero Fatalities program incorporated Parent Nights into its “Don’t Drive Stupid” teen safe driving program. First implemented as a pilot in two high schools in 2011, “Don’t Drive Stupid” Parent Nights bring together driver education students and their parents for an impactful presentation focused on the state’s five most deadly driving behaviors. Learn More

Sponsored by
The Allstate Foundation logo

GHSA thanks The Allstate Foundation for its sponsorship of the 2013 GHSA
Highway Safety Awards.

2013 GHSA Awards Committee