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Joint Statement on ELD Exemption Denials
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) and the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (the Trucking Alliance) applaud the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for denying 10 exemption requests from the electronic logging device (ELD) regulation.  This common-sense, lifesaving rule requires trucks to be equipped with an ELD to track a driver’s on-duty time.

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Advocates’ Summary of Revised AV START Act Draft
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) prepared the following analysis of the revised staff draft of the AV START Act (S. 1885).  Like previous versions of this legislation, the revised draft allows companies to be given excessive exemptions from federal safety standards; lacks minimum performance requirements for the “vision of driverless cars”, electronics systems, cybersecurity and driver engagement; contains language that prevents states and localities from adequately protecting their citizens; and, lacks needed government oversight and industry accountability.

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Advocates’ Statement on National Drugged and Drunk Driving Prevention Month
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This National Drugged and Drunk Driving Prevention Month, December 2018, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) urges state and federal policymakers to advance effective solutions to improve safety on our Nation’s roads and highways.  Strengthening state impaired driving laws, boosting research and funding to learn more about drug-impaired driving, and ensuring that proven crash avoidance safety technologies are standard in all vehicles are steps that could be taken today to help keep families safe.

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Joint Statement on the AV START Act (S. 1885)
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Our neighborhood streets should not be turned into industry proving grounds.  Unless crucial safeguards called for by a broad coalition are added to AV START, Senators should oppose this dangerous bill and reject any attempts to circumvent open discussion and debate by attaching it to must-pass legislation.  We believe driverless vehicles may have the potential to reduce crashes and improve accessibility, but it is clear that day is still far away.  Rushing through a driverless vehicle bill that lacks fundamental safeguards will make our roads less safe and risks turning an already skeptical public even more against this technology.

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Advocates’ Staff Member Receives Public Interest Award
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) is proud to announce that Cathy Barzey, our long-time Administrative Assistant, is being honored as the recipient of this year’s Phyllis McCarthy Public Interest Award.  The award, created by Public Citizen in 2003, is given each year to a dedicated member of the public interest movement whose contributions, while not always visible to those outside the organization, are critical to the success of the mission.  An indispensable member of Advocates’ team since 2002, Cathy works tirelessly to support Advocates’ mission to prevent motor vehicle crashes, save lives and reduce injuries by enacting state and federal highway and auto safety laws.

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More Than 75 Groups Ask Senate to Oppose Flawed Driverless Car Bill
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A broad alliance of local, state and national organizations representing safety, law enforcement and first responders, public health, bicyclists and pedestrians, engineering, environmental and consumer groups, disability communities and families affected by motor vehicle crashes sent this letter to Senators urging them to oppose the AV START Act (S. 1885).  This deficient bill fails to sufficiently address known problems revealed by the dangerous and deadly crashes involving vehicles equipped with highly and partially automated driving systems.

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Advocates’ Statement on School Bus and Bus Stop Crashes
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The recent crashes in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina and Pennsylvania that killed at least five children and injured at least 23 people highlight the dangers our children face as they travel to and from school each day. Proven countermeasures to make school buses safer comprise the School Bus Safety Act (S. 3432/H.R. 6773) including requiring school buses to have seat belts in every seat and effective safety technologies like automatic emergency braking and electronic stability control systems.

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Statement on New Truck Safety Technology Poll
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Today, a new poll commissioned by Road Safe America revealed that Americans overwhelmingly support Congress requiring the use of speed limiters and automatic emergency braking (AEB) on large trucks.  This clarion call for proven safety technology is warranted considering the skyrocketing number of fatal truck crashes on our roads. We urge Congress to listen to the telling results of this survey and take action now to require proven truck safety technologies on our roadways.

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Statement on National Teen Driver Safety Week
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This National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 21-27, 2018), Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) calls on state elected officials to take immediate action to address tragic yet preventable motor vehicle crashes happening on our roads.  While every state has at least one component of a teen graduated driver licensing (GDL) program, no state has all six elements, as rated by Advocates’ 2018 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws.  Today, Advocates sent the Roadmap report and a letter to all 50 governors and the mayor of DC urging them to eradicate the dangerous gaps in their GDL laws. 

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Advocates’ Statement on Waymo’s 10 Million Miles Driven
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) has a long history of championing proven safety technology, from airbags in the 1990s to advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) today.  We commend Waymo for reaching 10 million miles of testing on public roads.  However, this pales in comparison to the more than three trillion miles traveled by human drivers on U.S. roads each year.  Many more miles and milestones must be reached before driverless cars are sold to the public, which is precisely what a bill under consideration in the U.S. Senate will allow, AV START Act (S. 1885).

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Advocates’ Statement on U.S. DOT 3.0 AV Guidelines
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Today the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) released weak, voluntary guidelines allowing manufacturers of autonomous vehicles (AVs) to use our Nation’s roads and highways as proving grounds for unproven technology.  Instead of being called “3.0” guidelines, they should be considered “-1.0” guidelines because they throw our Nation’s AV policy in reverse.  AV manufacturers will continue to introduce extremely complex, supercomputers-on-wheels into the driving environment with meager government oversight and accountability.

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Statement on 2017 Motor Vehicle Crash Fatalities
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Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new data showing that motor vehicle crash fatalities remain at unacceptably high levels.  While it is welcome news that our Nation experienced a 1.8 percent decrease in crash fatalities from 2016 to 2017, the fact remains that more than 100 people are killed in preventable motor vehicle crashes each day on average.

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Advocates’ Statement on Updating NCAP
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By any measure the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) has been exceedingly successful.  The program has been copied the world over and has provided necessary safety information to consumers for decades.  NCAP is an invaluable tool in helping to ensure Americans have the information they need in order to purchase safe vehicles that will protect them and their families. 

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Advocates’ Statement on IIHS Underride Guard Test Results
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Advocates for Highways and Auto Safety (Advocates) commends the eight largest North American manufacturers of semitrailer truck underride guards for earning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOUGHGUARD award.  Strong underride guards are a proven solution to the horrific problem of underride crashes.  This critical safety feature helps to mitigate violent crashes in which a passenger vehicle collides with a truck or trailer, potentially shearing off the compartment of the car resulting in death and debilitating injuries of the occupants.

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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’ 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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