Statements

Advocates’ Statement on New NTSB Pedestrian Safety Report

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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) supports a comprehensive approach to improving pedestrian safety highlighted by the new Pedestrian Safety Special Investigation Report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the recommendations adopted by the Board today.  In 2016, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed, and these tragedies have been on the rise every year since 2009.  The NTSB’s report offers yet more evidence that federal, state and local policymakers should take immediate action to combat the growing epidemic of pedestrian fatalities on our Nation’s roads and highways.

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Advocates’ Statement on Emerging Technologies to the Senate Commerce Committee

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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.  In sum, the path to the safe and effective introduction of AVs requires government oversight, transparency and a comprehensive regulatory framework in all aspects from vehicle standards to infrastructure design.  

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Advocates’ Statement on Labor Day Weekend Travel

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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) urges drivers hitting the road for one last summer road trip over Labor Day weekend to ensure that it is a safe one.  Use common sense if you are driving: obey the speed limit, make sure everyone is properly buckled up, turn off and put away distracting devices, don’t drink and drive, and wear a helmet if you’re on a motorcycle.  More people are predicted to be taking to the road this weekend, which means a greater risk of deadly crashes.  Now is the time for elected officials, who are preparing for the upcoming legislative sessions, to commit to advancing available, proven solutions and enact lifesaving laws that prevent crashes, deaths and injuries.

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Advocates Remembers John McCain’s Auto Safety Legacy

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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) mourns the loss of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and also celebrates the life of a true safety hero.  Senator McCain was a good friend of Advocates who championed numerous safety measures to protect consumers and prevent motor vehicle crashes, deaths and injuries.  As Chair of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, he helped advance bipartisan safety legislation that addressed deadly safety defects and industry cover-ups including the Firestone/Ford tire controversy linked to over 200 deaths and 800 injuries. 

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