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As the voice of highway safety, GHSA produces periodic news releases on topics of importance to its membership and the highway safety community.

In addition, both GHSA and its members are quoted in major national and local media outlets. Select clippings from the past year are posted in the Media Coverage section below. An archive of media coverage dating back to 2016 can be found here

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Past Winners

2019 Winner: Candace Ligthner

Candace Lightner has devoted her life to traffic safety. Her commitment arose from heartbreaking circumstances, when her 13-year-old daughter was killed by a chronically drunk driver while walking to a church carnival with a friend.


Sheriff John Whetsel

Sheriff John Whetsel is a passionate national advocate for traffic safety. His passion was ignited by a personal tragedy – the death of his first wife and 2-year-old daughter in a car crash that occurred when a law enforcement officer ran a stop sign during a police pursuit.


Adrian K. Lund, Ph.D.

Over his 36-year career at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Adrian Lund has led and contributed to work that has been a driver of policy changes, business changes, and behavioral changes that have saved tens of thousands of lives and spanned a wide range of issues that impact th


Dr. David A. Sleet

Dr. David Sleet is the Associate Director for Science with the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The unanimous choice of this year's awards committee, Dr.


James Fell

Over the course of his 45-year career, James Fell played an instrumental role in bringing about one of the most remarkable U.S. traffic safety achievements: the reduction of alcohol-related fatal crashes by one third between 1982 and 1995.


Kathleen Rice

A law enforcement official and fearless innovator, the Honorable Kathleen Rice, District Attorney for Nassau County, New York, has used her position for the last eight-and-a-half years to advance highway safety at every level and through all the means at her disposal: spearheading prevention prog


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.


John Lacey

In his more than 40 years of program implementation, project evaluation and policy advocacy, John Lacey has been a true highway safety trailblazer.


Dr. Herb Simpson

The 2011 James J. Howard Highway Safety Trailblazer Award is presented posthumously to Dr. Herb Simpson for his outstanding contributions to the field of highway safety through his groundbreaking research. Dr.


Chuck Hurley

Charles "Chuck" Hurley is the recipient of the 2010 James J. Howard Highway Safety Trailblazer Award.


Senator John J. Cullerton

Illinois Senator John J. Cullerton is the recipient of the 2009 James J. Howard Highway Safety Trailblazer Award.


Lt. Col. James E. Champagne

In his more than 40-year career, Jim Champagne has brought unmatched commitment, passion and zeal to highway safety.


Dr. Robert Voas

Dr. Robert B. Voas is one of the most well-respected and influential traffic safety researchers in the country. Throughout his career, Dr.


Senator Ben Brown

Senator Ben Brown has been instrumental in reducing deaths and injuries on Oklahoma's roadways. His work began in 1981 when the people elected him to the Oklahoma House of Representatives.


Dr. Marilyn J. Bull

Dr. Marilyn Bull has fought for the most vulnerable occupants of our roadways—children with special needs. Without her unfailing dedication to a small and previously overlooked area of highway safety, it is unlikely that such improvements would have ever been made.


Media Coverage

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