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Shaquille O’ Neal joined Responsibility.org at the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) annual meeting to announce our 4th year of partnership with GHSA to provide law enforcement training grants. Together with GHSA and Shaq, in the last 3 years we have funded training for almost 2,000 law enforcement officers to be able to detect drug-impaired driving. We are excited to continue this partnership that will help law enforcement stop impaired driving. Shaq also took the time to thank everyone at GHSA for their dedication to highway safety, especially this year’s award winners.

Shaq also starred in our “Drive Like You Give a #&%!” PSA. It’s a humorous take on a serious issue. Driving is a daily activity for most adults. We know there are huge risks involved with driving and we know the safe choices we need to make to get home safely, yet studies repeatedly show that drivers routinely make unsafe choices even when they recognize those choices as dangerous.

It’s not just drivers. Pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities are on the rise. I recently saw a woman riding a bicycle (with her helmet on) across a major intersection during rush hour while texting on her smartphone. True Story.

Our vehicles are safer than ever before. We know how to reduce traffic crashes. So, how do we convince people to ditch immediate gratification in favor of their safety obligations?

We know the autonomous vehicle holds great promise, but drivers will be sharing the road with autonomous vehicles for a generation or longer and that poses an entirely new traffic safety risk.

What is YOUR forecast for a safer future? We asked GHSA attendees this question and had a graphic illustrator create boards with attendees’ stories. Here’s what they said: