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OHS Director Simpler Named Chair of Governors Highway Safety Association

Matt Ball on September 11, 2015 - in People, Transportation

Delaware’s Office of Highway Safety Director Jana Simpler has been named Chair of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) providing leadership for a national organization focused on preventing highway fatalities.

“Working together with highway safety advocates from across the nation to reduce highway fatalities not only in our State but also across the nation benefits us all,” Governor Markell said. “With Jana’s leadership, the GHSA will continue to address many of the driving behaviors that result in deaths on our highways.”

Director Simpler, who will serve a one-year term, was elected chair of GHSA’s Executive Board at the Association’s Annual Meeting last week. GHSA is the national nonprofit organization that represents state and territorial state highway safety offices across the country. GHSA provides leadership and advocates for the States to influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices in improving behavioral highway safety across the country. In the coming year, GHSA will continue to provide national leadership on key highway safety issues, including drunk and drug-impaired driving, occupant protection, distracted driving and pedestrian safety.

“I appreciate the support of the Association and look forward to serving the membership over the next year as we tackle the challenges ahead. I am excited to work on legislative initiatives and strengthen our relationship with federal partners to achieve highway safety goals across the nation,” Simpler said.

GHSA’s Executive Board consists of four officers, representatives from the NHTSA’s 10 regions, and committee and task force chairs.

“We are extremely proud to have Jana represent not only Delaware but all 50 states as GHSA Chair. Jana’s extensive knowledge of the highway safety issues will help GHSA and its members work closer with its federal partners and legislators to prevent highway fatalities,” said Lewis D. Schiliro, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

Prior to her 2015 election as GHSA Chair, Simpler was a member of the Association’s
Executive Board for multiple terms and served for two years as the Federal Relations Committee Chair. She has worked for the Delaware Office of Highway Safety since 1997 and has served as the Director since 2010.

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