Road safety legend honored

On 30 August, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) presented its 2016 highway safety awards to individuals who have made a strong impact on improving highway safety nationally.

GHSA presented its most prestigious honor, the James J. Howard Highway Safety Trailblazer Award, to David A. Sleet, Ph.D., Associate Director for Science with the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Sleet’s contributions in bringing the public health and behavioral science approach to traffic safety are unparalleled. His groundbreaking research has led to such achievements as improved child passenger safety laws, the adoption of the national 0.08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) standard and safer airbag designs. Today, every state has a .08 BAC level and child passenger safety laws are in place across the nation. Dr. Sleet’s lifetime of work, spanning 37 years and three continents, continues to save lives on our roadways.

Congratulations, Dr. Sleet!