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Advocates’ Letter on New Jersey Ignition Interlock Device Law
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), an alliance of consumer, safety, medical and public health groups, and insurance companies working together to pass highway and auto safety laws that prevent crashes, save lives, reduce injuries, and contain costs, supports enactment of Senate Bill (S.) 824/Assembly Bill (A.) 2089 to require the use of ignition interlock devices (IIDs) by all convicted drunk drivers, including first time offenders.  We urge you to join the 32 other states, including neighboring New York and Delaware, that have made their streets and highways safer by enacting an all-offender IID law.

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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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Press Call on AV START and New Driverless Car Poll
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Today, leading safety, consumer and bicycling advocates, law enforcement, and tech and automation experts urged the U.S. Senate to add critical safeguards to the AV START Act (S. 1885), a bill that will set policy on autonomous vehicles (AVs), also known as driverless cars, for decades to come.  As early as this week, sponsors of the bill could attempt to “give it a ride” on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act (S. 1405).

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Advocates’ Letter on Drugged and Alcohol-Impaired Driving
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A correlation between drug use, specific drug levels in the body, and impairment is unresolved. It is unquestionable that drug use and misuse is a serious concern. However, on our roads, alcohol impairment behind the wheel continues to be the largest single contributor to traffic fatalities in the U.S. Moreover, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities are on the rise.

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Media Alert: Press Call on AV START Act
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The U.S. Senate is expected to consider the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act (S. 1405) before the upcoming one week recess.  Sponsors of the AV START Act (S. 1885) are pushing to attach their bill to the FAA bill.  Safety, consumer and bicycling advocates, law enforcement, and tech and automation experts oppose this legislative maneuver which would preclude any opportunity for thorough consideration, debate and amendments to the Nation’s first driverless car, or autonomous vehicle (AV), law.

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Over 65 Groups Ask Senate to Keep Driverless Cars Out of FAA Bill
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A broad and diverse coalition of local, state and national organizations representing safety, public health, bicyclists, pedestrians, engineers, smart growth, consumer and environmental groups, law enforcement and first responders, disability communities and families affected by motor vehicle crashes sent the following letter to Senators calling on them to oppose attempts to attach the AV START Act (S. 1885) to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act (S. 1405).

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Groups Urge Senate Committee to Address AV Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities
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In preparation for tomorrow’s hearing “Complex Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities: Lessons Learned from Spectre and Meltdown,” we write to highlight the critical problems related to the cybersecurity of connected and autonomous vehicles (AVs).  As these cars will be “computers on wheels,” it is absolutely essential that strong protections be in place to safeguard against potentially catastrophic instances of vehicle hacking.

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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’ Letter Urges NY Governor to Save Speed Camera Program
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety urges Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D-NY) to reconvene the legislature to advance Assembly Bill (A.) 7798 C/Senate Bill (S.) 6046 C. This legislation would improve safety on New York City streets by increasing the number of schools at which photo speed violation monitoring systems may be utilized, expanding the times of operation, and extending the school speed camera program until July 1, 2022.

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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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Coalition Warns Congress About Bigger, Heavier Trucks
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Ahead of tomorrow’s hearing on the FAST Act, consumer, health, and safety groups, families of truck crash victims and survivors, law enforcement, first responders, as well as labor, trucking and rail organizations asked the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit to oppose any attempt to increase federal truck size and weight limits.  Bigger, heavier trucks will add more strain to our Nation’s already-stressed infrastructure.  Congress has previously rejected these anti-safety measures and should do so again, particularly since truck crashes continue to rise.

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Statement of Advocates President Cathy Chase on FAST Act Implementation
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety President Cathy Chase submitted the following statement to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit about critical auto safety actions and the implementation of the FAST Act.

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Advocates’ Statement on Infrastructure Week
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As Infrastructure Week kicks off, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) stresses the strong and historic connection between infrastructure legislation and safety advances.  All major infrastructure bills have included a safety title targeted at advancing safer cars, safer roads and safer drivers.  Recent calls for infrastructure improvements and investment, highlighted during this particular week, should be no different.

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Advocates’ Statement on National Police Week
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This National Police Week, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) honors law enforcement officers across the country and extends our sincere gratitude for their service. Law enforcement officers risk their lives every day to keep our roads safe for all motorists and road users.  We also laud their advocacy efforts to improve state and federal laws that prevent motor vehicle crashes, save lives and reduce injuries.

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Letter on Pausing Driverless Car Bill Until Uber, Tesla Crash Investigations are Complete
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Leading state and national stakeholders representing safety, public health, bicyclists, pedestrians, smart growth, consumer and environmental organizations, law enforcement and first responders, disability communities, and individuals affected by motor vehicle crashes asked the U.S. Senate to back off plans to move the AV START Act (S. 1885) that could set driverless car policy for decades to come until the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) completes important investigations into recent crashes involving automated driving systems that have killed at least two people – including a pedestrian walking a bicycle.

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Advocates’ Statement on New Rearview Camera Rule
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Today, the federal vehicle safety standard issued in 2014 takes effect requiring that all newly-manufactured vehicles be equipped with a rearview back-up camera.  The regulation is a monumental advancement of safety for children, pedestrians, bicyclists and other vulnerable road users.  It is now part of a long list of successful safety achievements promoted by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) in the nearly three decades since our founding in 1989 to prevent motor vehicle crashes, deaths and injuries by making lifesaving technologies standard equipment.

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