Spotlights on Highway Safety Issues
GHSA produces a series of short reports spotilghting various highway safety issues. GHSA asks its State Highway Safety Office (SHSO) members to provide data and uses the data provided to put together these reports.
Below is a list of the Spotlights on Highway Safety published to date. Click on a specific report for more information.
Unbuckled in Back: An Overlooked Issue in Highway Safety
Published November 2015
Most strategies for encouraging seat belt use by adults focus on drivers and front seat passengers, but rear seat belt use by adults is lower than front seat belt use and warrants attention. In 2013, 883 unbelted rear seat passenger vehicle occupants age 8 and older died in traffic crashes in the United States.
This report takes a close look at the issue by examining rear seat belt use rates, state laws and enforcement, and public education efforts. It makes recommendations for states to help boost rear seat belt use through programs and policies. Learn More
Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State: 2014 Preliminary Data
Published May 2015
The report also examines changes in motorcyclist crash patterns and fatalities over the past decades and three-year state trends. Learn More
Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: 2014 Preliminary Data
Published February 2015
The publication also looks at charaterstics of pedestrian fatalities, including which gender and age tend to be affected, how often alcohol is a factor and more. Learn More
Published October 2014
The publication also provides a state-by-state look at bicycle fatality data from 2010 to 2012, outlines actions to reduce collisions and injuries, and provides examples of state activities to improve the safety of cyclists. Learn More
Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State: 2013 Preliminary Data
Published May 2014
A return to cooler, wetter weather in the early months of the year is the primary explanation for the drop in fatalities. The report notes that we cannot rely on bad weather to continue to improve motorcycle safety. Learn More
Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: 2013 Preliminary Data
Published March 2014
It provides state-by-state data and also includes analysis of pedestrian fatality patterns, suggested explanations for recent fluctuations, and approaches to reducing pedestrian injuries. Learn More
Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State: 2012 Preliminary Data
Published April 2013
This report projects that motorcyclist fatalities increased 9 percent between 2011 and 2012, based on preliminary data supplied by the states.
Unseasonably warm weather, an improving economy, and rising gas prices are suggested as factors that may have contributed to this spike in motorcycle deaths. The report recommends several proven countermeasures to help reverse the trend. Learn More
Teenage Driver Fatalities by State: 2012 Preliminary Data
Published February 2013
Preliminary data indicate deaths of 16- and 17-year-old drivers are up 19 percent between the first six months of 2011 and the first six months of 2012.
The report suggests potential explanations for the recent uptick in teen driver deaths and also provides suggestions on how to reverse the trend and save more teen lives. Learn More
Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State: 2011 Preliminary Data
Published May 2012
The report also discusses how a strengthening economy and rising gas prices may influence fatality numbers and recommends five strategies that states can implement to help make a difference in keeping motorcyclists safer on our nation's roadways. Learn More
Teenage Driver Fatalities by State: 2011 Preliminary Data
Published February 2012
It offers some potential explanations for the increase as well as recommendations to improve teen driver safety. Learn More
Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State: 2010 Preliminary Data
Published April 2011
While the national decline is good news, there are some areas of concern, such as: a much smaller decline than the prior year; a 3 percent increase in fatalities in the third quarter; an expected rise in motorcycle travel; and a recent drop in motorcycle helmet use. Learn More
Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: 2010 Preliminary Data
Published January 2011
The report summarizes general principles states can use to keep pedestrians safe, such as prioritization, data analysis, engineering, laws and enforcement, and education. Learn More
Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State: 2009 Preliminary Data
Published April 2010
This report projects that motorcyclist traffic fatalities in the United States fell in 2009, the first drop since 1997. The decrease for the full year nationwide was expected to be at least 10 percent.
States suggested several reasons for the decrease, including less motorcycle travel due to the economy, fewer beginning motorcyclists, and increased attention to motorcycle safety programs in the states. Learn More