Statements

Advocates’ Statement on July 4th Travel

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The Independence Day holiday is one of the most dangerous times to travel on our Nation’s roadways.  Over the five-day period from today through to July 4, approximately 500 people will die and 32,500 more will be injured in preventable crashes.  These eye-popping numbers should be even more attention-getting than a fireworks finale.  State elected officials throughout the country need to take swift action to make their roads and highways safer.

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Advocates’ Dr. Shaun Kildare to Testify Before Senate EPW Committee

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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety’s (Advocates) Director of Research, Dr. Shaun Kildare, will be testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works at 10:00 a.m. EST during the hearing entitled “Innovation and America’s Infrastructure: Examining the Effects of Emerging Autonomous Technologies on America’s Roads and Bridges.”  

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Advocates’ Statement to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on AVs and Infrastructure

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AVs should not be prematurely deployed and sold before they can be safely operated on public roads and without commonsense government oversight in place.  Serious and fatal crashes involving AVs which have already occurred reveal significant flaws in this still developing technology.  These crashes have also shown that coordination at the federal, state and local levels regarding infrastructure development and upgrades will play a significant role in the safe and successful development of AVs. 

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Advocates, KidsAndCars.org Statement on Hot Cars Study

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A system reminding drivers to remember vulnerable back seat passengers is a commonsense solution to these heartbreaking deaths.  One child dies from heat stroke every nine days in communities across the country.  Rear seat passenger alerts are already available and we’re failing our children each day that this effective, proven technology isn’t included as standard equipment in every vehicle.

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