Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety is an alliance of consumer, health and safety groups and insurance companies and agents working together to make America's roads safer.

Advocates encourages the adoption of federal and state laws, policies and programs that save lives and reduce injuries. By joining its resources with others, Advocates helps build coalitions to increase participation of a wide array of groups in public policy initiatives which advance highway and auto safety.
 

May 13, 2015
Family Members of Truck Crash Victims, Law Enforcement, Labor and Safety Groups Urge Congress to Stop Pandering to Trucking Interests and Start Paying Attention to Public Safety and Public Opinion.  
Please click here for the full press kit.

May 11, 2015
MEDIA ADVISORY: Families of those killed in truck crashes join safety advocates and law enforcement to urge Congress to stop assault on truck safety in House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2016. Special interests seek to rollback major safety laws with deadly consequences including overtired truckers, FedEx double 33 foot tractor trailers, exemptions to truck weight and length laws, and delayed rulemaking. Press conference to be held Wednesday, May 13 at 12:00 p.m EST in the Senate Commerce Committee Room, Russell Senate Office Building 253.
Please click here for the full media advisory.

April 28, 2015
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Truck crash victims and safety advocates available for interview April 29, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. on assault on national truck safety in Congress. House Highways and Transit Subcommittee hearing on "Future of Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety" - but NO truck crash victims or safety groups invited to participate. Hearing held on the same day that the House Transportation Appropriations bill, which is a complete attack on truck safety, will be marked-up. 
Please click here for the media availability alert.

February 19, 2015
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety joins the Truck Safety Coalition, the Center for Auto Safety, and Road Safe America in filing a petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requesting that the agency initiate rulemaking to require forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking systems on all new large trucks and buses. As deaths and injuries from truck crashes continue to rise, it is time for the U.S. DOT to issue the rule on this lifesaving technology.
Please click here for the petition and here for the press release.

January 22, 2015
The 2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws is now available.
For the full report, click the photo below.
For the full electronic press kit, please click here.


December 8, 2014
Press conference on Monday, December 8, 2014, 10:30 a.m. EST
Congress is considering a major change to federal regulations that will dramatically increase the number of hours a semi-truck driver is allowed to work in a week from 70 to 82 hours. Families of truck crash victims, Teamsters, and safety advocates join Congressman James McGovern (D-MA) to urge Congress to stop this attack on truck safety.
Please click here for the entire electronic press packet.

December 3, 2014
Congress poised to increase truck driver hours of service in aftermath of Tracy Morgan truck crash. Truck crash victims and survivors, public health and safety groups and truck drivers urge Congress to stop assault on truck safety in government funding bill.
Please click here for the letter and here for the press release.
Please click here for the letter from U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx.

December 2, 2014
Truck crash families, public health and safety, labor, environment, and consumer groups oppose assault on truck safety in government funding bill.
Please click here for the letter.

November 24, 2014
Statement of Advocates' President Jackie Gillan on CBS 60 Minutes report "Falling Apart: America's Neglected Infrastructure." Congress and the Obama Administration must protect current truck size and weight limits to stop additional damage and preventable deaths and injuries. 
Please click here for the full statement. 

October 29, 2014
Safety, consumer and public health organizations urge the President to nominate effective regulator and champion of consumer protection to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Please click here for the letter.

October 21, 2014
October 19 - 25 is National Teen Driver Safety Week. As motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens, Governors and state legislatures should make enactment of comprehensive Graduated Driver Licensing laws a top priority.
Please click here for the full statement of Jackie Gillan.

October 16, 2014
Public opinion poll reveals overwhelming opposition to efforts in Congress to increase truck driver working and driving hours. The results of this new poll will be announced on a press conference call Thursday, October 16 at 2 p.m. EST.
Please click here for the press release, here for the poll results and here for a memo from Lake Research Partners.

September 16, 2014
Advocates' President Jackie Gillan testifies before Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance during the hearing "Oversight of and Policy Considerations for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration."
Please click here for the full statement.

July 29, 2014
Senate Commerce Subcommittee to hold hearing on truck safety on Tuesday, July 29th in the Russell Senate Office Building. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety Consumer Co-Chair Joan Claybrook to testify. Media availability will occur at 2:30 p.m. prior to the hearing, outside room 253. 
Please click here for the media availability and here for the full testimony.

June 18, 2014
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety celebrates 25 years of promoting lifesaving laws and program resulting in safer vehicles, safer drivers and safer roads. Reception held on Capitol Hill honors Highway Safety Heroes, Lifetime Achievement Safety Award recipients and presents the inaugural Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Highway Safety Leadership Award. Results of a new report showing major public health and economic benefits of enacting highway and auto safety laws also announced. 
Please click here for the press release, here for the full list of award recipients, and here for the full report by Dr. Ted Miller.

June 16, 2014
Senators Booker and Blumenthal join truck crash victims' families, safety groups, law enforcement labor groups and trucking companies in opposition to attack on truck safety. Press call-in as Senate debates FY 2015 THUD Appropriations Bill this week.
Please click here for the media advisory.

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