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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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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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