JUNE 18. 2020
Pam Shadel Fischer
Sr. Director, External Engagement & Special Projects
Governors Highway Safety Association
Pam Shadel Fischer is Senior Director of External Engagement and Special Projects for the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), which provides leadership and advocacy for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices. In that role, she manages many of GHSA’s key partnership and external engagements and oversees the association’s Consulting Services Initiative, which provides program and management assistance to state members through a pool of seasoned traffic safety professionals. She researches and writes best practice publications for GHSA – 10 to date, addressing teen driving (various topics), pedestrian and bicyclist safety, drowsy driving and most recently high-risk impaired driving – and, through public speaking engagements, implementation of unique partnerships and other outreach, she works to bring national visibility to highway safety. Fischer has more than 30 years of experience addressing behavioral safety issues at the local, state and national levels through advocacy, education, enforcement, grassroots outreach, policy and planning. After a 20-year career with AAA New Jersey and a four-year run as Governor’s Representative and Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, she established her consulting firm (Pam Fischer Consulting), which for nearly a decade helped state and federal agencies as well as onprofit organizations address the behavioral safety issues that put all roadway users at risk. Fischer holds a B.A. in English from Lebanon Valley College, an M.A. in Leadership and Public Administration from Centenary University, where she is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Social Services, and a Certificate in Advanced Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.
Impaired Driving in a Post-COVID-19 World
What happens when drivers return to the roadways after spending an extended period at home because of the coronavirus pandemic? Explore the pandemic's impact on alcohol and other drug use, our mental health and well being, and preferred mode of transportation and why traffic safety officials are concerned about a potential uptick in impaired driving as states reopen. Recommendations for effectively addressing impaired driving through a comprehensive and holistic approach will also be discussed.