Our Mission Statement
Working toward the goal of “Zero Deaths” by promoting highway safety awareness through education and enforcement, thereby reducing crashes, saving lives, and improving the overall quality of life for those using Vermont’s roadways.
Where are we located
The Vermont Governor's Highway Safety Program is located within the Agency of Transportation's Highway’s Division, Office of Highway Safety.
What We Do
Vermont Governor's Highway Safety Program (GHSP) awards federal highway safety grant funds to local, state and non-profit agencies for projects to improve highway safety and reduce deaths and serious injuries due to crashes. GHSP is also involved with the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance (VHSA) which has allowed us to build upon a network of highway safety professionals, working in collaboration to increase highway safety through these federally funded programs.
The GHSP has an in-house staff of three Program Coordinators with specific subject matter areas of expertise, to include Occupant Protection, Distracted Driving, Impaired Driving, Law Enforcement (DUI and OP Enforcement) and Education Outreach programs. The staff of the GHSP manages state highway safety grant funds by providing guidance, oversight and monitoring for our partners.
The programs administered through the GHSP are federally funded through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Our programs are defined and approved each year in the GHSP Highway Safety Plan (HSP) and align with the State’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). Through these plans, we analyze data, identify problems, define emphasis areas, and set goals in order to administer funds to programs in a responsible manner in accordance with federal guidelines.
Governor's Highway Safety Programs are designed to educate drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists about highway safety. Our programs employ the use of countermeasures that focus primarily on the modification of driver’s behavior and attitude.