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.

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July 8,2012
Advocates' President Jackie Gillan speaks alongside Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and motorcoach safety advocate John Betts to applaud new occupant protection legislation in the transportation reauthorization bill.
Please click here for the full statement.
                                         

June 29,2012
The Senate and House pass multi-year, multi-billion dollar surface transportation authorization bill that contains important safety advances. These safety provisions will prevent crashes, save lives, reduce injuries, and save taxpayer dollars.
Please click here for the full statement.
 
June 19, 2012
Jane Mathis and Jim Portell share their story of personal loss in preventable highway crashes with the Orlando Sentinel and urge passage of the important safety provisions in Senate Bill 1813, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).
Please click here for the letter to the editor.

 June 10, 2012
Brad Brown, co-founder of the West Brook Bus Crash Families group and advocate for motorcoach safety legislation, published in the Washington Post to highlight the importance of the bus safety provisions in the surface transportation reauthorization bill.
Please click here for the letter.
 
June 10, 2012
Advocates' Consumer Co-Chair Joan Claybrook receives Global Award for pioneer work establishing New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) in late 1970s.
Please click here for the release.
Please click here for Joan Claybrook's remarks.
Please click here for Joan Claybrook's NCAP presentation.
 
May 31,2012
Representative Tim Bishop (D-NY) "Highway Bill Must Make Roads Safer in Addition to Creating Jobs." Congressman speaks at Advocates’ press conference and announces his work to include a strong safety agenda in the final Surface Transportation Reauthorization conference committee report.
Please click here for the full statement.
 
May 31,2012
Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) releases statement following his participation in Advocates’ press conference reiterating the importance of retaining truck safety provisions in the final Surface Transportation Reauthorization conference committee report.
Please click here for the full statement.
 
May 31, 2012
Senator John Rockefeller IV (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation applauds the work of parents, safety advocates, and pediatricians in voicing their support for safety improvements that are essential to this legislation.
Please click here for the full statement.
 
May 31,2012
Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) urges colleagues negotiating the Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill to retain the bipartisan Senate passed safety provisions in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Calls for bipartisan support of the teen driving  issues, particularly the incentive grant program to encourage state adoption of comprehensive teen driving laws.
Please click here for the full statement.
 
May 31, 2012
Advocates' joins victims, pediatricians, insurance companies, and members of the United States House of Representatives to urge that Congress keep the safety advances included in the Senate version of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill, MAP-21.
Please click here for the press release. Click here to learn more about the important safety provisions at stake. For the full press kit, including speaker statements, click here.
 
May 22, 2012
Advocates' President Jackie Gillan's letter to the Editor published in the New York Times calling for the use of electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) to address fatigue and hours of service violations in the trucking industry.
Please click here for the letter. Please click here for the related article on the dangers of trucking in the oil industry.

March 22, 2012
Advocates' Consumer Co-Chair, Joan Claybrook, testified on March 22, 2012 before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on "Motor Vehicle Safety Provisions in the House and Senate Highway Bills."

Please click here for the statement.

March 21, 2012
Families, Safety and Consumer Groups, and Bus Drivers Urge Members of Congress to Pass Comprehensive Motorcoach Safety Provisions in the Surface Transportation Bill.
Click here for a copy of the letter.

March 14, 2012
Safety Advocates Praise Senate Passage of Bi-Partisan Surface Transportation Authorization Legislation--Comprehensive Safety Provisions will Result in Safer Vehicles, Safer Drivers, and Safer Roads.
Click here for the press release and here for the list of key safety provisions included in S.1813.

February 24, 2012
Safety Groups and Drivers Go to Court Over New Truck Driver Hours of Service Rule--New Rule Fails to Address Driver Fatigue.
Click here for the press release.

February 1, 2012
Dangerous House Bill will Allow Overweight, Oversized Trucks on Highways--Diverse Coalition of Labor, Law Enforcement, Safety Groups, AAA, Local Government, Victims and Survivors Oppose Bigger Trucks Bill as Deadly Public Safety Threat.
Click here for statement by Advocates' President Jackie Gillan, and visit the Truck Safety Coalition for the full
press kit.

January 11, 2012
Advocates releases The 2012 Roadmap to State Highway Safety Laws.
Please click here for the webcast of the news conference held January 11, 2012 and click here for the press kit.

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