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Winter 2009 | Vol. 12 | No. 1

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Maryland Creates Unique Highway Safety Partnership

A team of concerned business and civic leaders in Maryland recently formed the Maryland Highway Safety Foundation (MHSF), whose mission is to educate motorists, prevent collisions and save lives.

The MHSF was unveiled at a press conference in Annapolis, in a room filled with 615 pairs of shoes, representing the 615 people killed on Maryland's roads in 2007. Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Administrator of the State Highway Administration Neil Pederson, GHSA Chairman Vernon Betkey and various other civic and business leaders were present at the event.

The Foundation will partner with the Maryland business community to encourage employers to implement programs and initiatives in the workplace to help keep their staff and all Maryland highway users safe. Specifically, the Foundation announced a call-toaction for 100 Maryland businesses, representing at least 100,000 employees, to pledge changes within their organizations that will reduce highway deaths in Maryland by 100 over the next three years.

"There is no greater or more sacred responsibility we have in State government than to protect and preserve the safety of our citizens," said Governor O'Malley. "The Maryland Highway Safety Foundation is a unique collaborative effort among our partners in the private-sector, demonstrating that it is the responsibility of all Maryland citizens to keep the roads of our State safe."

To learn more, visit www.mdhwysafety.org.

From left to right: Governor Martin O’Malley; Liza Lemaster, Maryland Highway Safety Office Impaired Driving Coordinator; and Vernon Betkey, Chief, Maryland Highway Safety Office and Chairman of the Governors Highway Safety Association. The Governor was the keynote speaker at the MHSF meeting and talked about Maryland’s commitment to reduce motor vehicle crashes, deaths, and associated injuries. From left to right: Governor Martin O’Malley; Liza Lemaster, Maryland Highway Safety Office Impaired Driving Coordinator; and Vernon Betkey, Chief, Maryland Highway Safety Office and Chairman of the Governors Highway Safety Association. The Governor was the keynote speaker at the MHSF meeting and talked about Maryland’s commitment to reduce motor vehicle crashes, deaths, and associated injuries.