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State Highway Safety Office Resources

GHSA provides a variety of resources to help State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) move closer to our shared goal of zero deaths. These include management tools, planning tools, organizational information about all SHSOs, and examples of state program successes and innovative practices.

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Guidance for Developing Highway Safety Plans

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Guidance for Developing Highway Safety Plans, first published in 2013, replaces the previous GHSA Highway Safety Plan Template.

Note: this document was most recently revised in April 2015. The yellow highlighted sections are those which contain additions or modifications from the previous revision in August 2014. States are encouraged to thoroughly read both the NHTSA HSP Content Review Guide and this GHSA HSP Guidance during the preparation of their FY2016 HSP.

CAVEAT: This Guidance is not a substitute for a thorough and complete understanding of the applicable Federal laws and regulations.

State Highway Safety Showcase

It Can Wait for 28 Challenge
Nevada Office of Traffic Safety


The Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP), Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), Zero Fatalities and the Las Vegas Justice Court (LVJC) developed the “It Can Wait for 28 Challenge” program to promote better driving habits concerning distracted driving.

The program is designed to divert violators of Nevada’s “hands free” law into an educational program and ultimately gain voluntary compliance. Each agency has a role to play in the success of this program. The name of the program reflects on the commonly held perception that it takes 28 days to overcome a bad habit. Learn More

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Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Advisory

November 2014

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This document PDF [191 KB, 6 pgs.] provides advice regarding the annual calculation of maintenance of effort (MOE) required of the states to qualify for three of the Section 405 grant programs. The Advisory is based upon the official NHTSA Guidance and includes examples from three states.

Each state is responsible for calculating their MOE in a manner which they believe meets the statutory requirement using their best available information.