Traffic Fatality and Injury Prevention

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States. In 2017, there were 42,159 unintentional pedestrian, motor vehicle, motorcyclist and cyclist fatalities in the United States. In 2016, 10,497 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for 28 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. Governors are an essential part of any solution to improve coordination and strengthen existing efforts across state agencies to adopt strategies to reduce traffic fatalities and improve safety on the roadways for all users.

Since 2017, NGA Solutions: The Center for Best Practices Homeland Security and Public Safety and Energy, Infrastructure and Environment divisions have supported states in their efforts to improve traffic safety by identifying public safety, health and transportation strategies to reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities.

NGA’s Traffic Safety Work with Governors

  • In May 2019, NGA Center assisted 13 states in strengthening policies against impaired driving at the Impaired Driving Convening in Columbus, Ohio.
  • NGA Solutions: The Center for Best Practices has supported states through three learning labs that focused on state strategies to improve statewide data use and sharing to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries.
    • In July 2017, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina and South Dakota participated in the first learning lab on creating a zero-death framework in Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • In February 2018, Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, Washington and Utah, participated in the second learning lab on data linkage strategies in Annapolis, Maryland
    • In June 2018, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia, participated in the third learning lab around creating data linkages between transportation, public health and public safety in Salt Lake City, Utah



  • NGA 2019 Summer Meeting: Driving the Conversation: Safer and Smarter Roadways