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Letter to GA Senate Leaders on Distracted Driving Bill
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety urges you to support House Bill (HB) 673. This legislation will improve safety on Georgia’s roads by broadening the current prohibition on drivers from using wireless communication devices to read, write or send text messages while operating a motor vehicle to include the expanded uses of portable electronic devices that have emerged as technology developed. Considering the prevalence of distracted driving crashes, this legislation is critical, responsive and timely.

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NH Seat Belt Bill HB 1259 Separating Fact from Fiction: Floor Vote March 15
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Support HB 1259 to help ensure everyone buckles up on every trip. Since 2009, when the last seat belt bill was offered in New Hampshire, through 2016, 431 unrestrained people have been killed on state roads. Send an email to the House of Representatives at hreps@leg.state.nh.us and urge them to vote YES on HB 1259!

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Safety Leaders Urge Passage of NY Seat Belt Bills
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We urge you to support Assembly Bill (A.) 1582, sponsored by Assemblyman Walter Mosley (D-57), and Senate Bill (S.) 2928, sponsored by Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-18), to upgrade the seat belt law to require all occupants to buckle up. Additionally, the measure is included as a provision in the Transportation Budget Bills, A. 9508, Part G, section 7, and S. 7508, Part G, section 7, currently pending the Assembly Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. 

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Letter to Senate Leaders on Driverless Car Bill
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The Nation’s leading state and national groups representing public health and safety, bicyclists, pedestrians, disability communities, consumers, law enforcement, environmentalists, first responders, smart growth advocates and crash victims’ families urge Senate leaders to make essential improvements to legislation addressing autonomous vehicles, or driverless cars, the AV START Act (S.1885) and to disregard the artificial urgency to rush the bill through. This diverse coalition clearly demonstrates widespread alarm and skepticism about the industry’s unfounded and unreliable arguments about the urgent need to pass this flawed bill.

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Safety Groups’ Letter on CT Seat Belt Bill
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As leading safety organizations working together to pass highway and auto safety laws that prevent unnecessary crashes, deaths and injuries, and contain costs, we urge you to support House Bill (HB) 5161. This legislation will upgrade Connecticut’s seat belt law by requiring all occupants to buckle up on every trip.

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Coalition of Concerned Groups Warn Congress About Dangerous Truck Size and Weight Increases
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Ahead of tomorrow’s hearing, “The Administration’s Framework for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America,” consumer, public health, safety and law enforcement organizations, trucking groups, and victims of truck crashes and their families, sent the following letter about the danger of raising truck size and weight limits to members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

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Action Alert for NH Seat Belt Requirement Bill
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On February 6, the New Hampshire General Court House Transportation Committee heard House Bill (HB) 1259. This bill would enact a primary enforcement seat belt requirement for all occupants. New Hampshire is the only state without an adult seat belt law. The Committee vote count is now reported to have tipped in favor of the opposition. We need to shore up the support of those voting for HB 1259 and convince as many reported NO votes as possible to vote YES.

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Urgent Action Needed on NH Seat Belt Bill
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On February 6, the New Hampshire General Court House Transportation Committee heard House Bill (HB) 1259. This bill would enact a primary enforcement seat belt requirement to ensure all occupants buckle up. New Hampshire is the only state without an adult seat belt law. We need to shore up the support of those voting for HB 1259 as well as tip a few leaning toward NO to vote for the measure. If you have limited time, please send at least an email to the whole Committee at the address provided below.

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Advocates & KidsAndCars.org Letter on MI Child Occupant Protection Bill
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As leading safety organizations working together to pass highway and auto safety laws that prevent unnecessary crashes, deaths and injuries, and contain costs, we support House Bill (HB) 4951 to strengthen Michigan’s child occupant protection statute. This measure requires that children remain rear facing in a child safety seat until age two or older, in a forward facing child safety seats until age four, and then in a booster seat until age eight and 57 inches in height. Children should remain in their current safety seat as long as possible, until they have aged out and outgrown the seat specifications.

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Statement of Advocates, NH ACS Committee on Trauma, & NH ENA on NH Seat Belt Bill
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Our organizations support House Bill (HB) 1259, legislation to enact a primary enforcement seat belt law requiring all occupants in all seating positions to buckle up in New Hampshire. This lifesaving bill will help address the epidemic of motor vehicle crash fatalities, injuries and associated costs, and improve the safety of New Hampshire families and all those who travel on state roads.

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Statement of Advocates, SMARTER, & MD ENA on MD Motorcycle Helmet Repeal Bill
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Senate Bill (SB) 439, legislation that would repeal Maryland’s all-rider motorcycle helmet law. This critical safety law has been preventing deaths and injuries and saving taxpayer dollars in Maryland for over 24 years. To repeal the all-rider motorcycle helmet law would be a deadly and costly mistake.

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Rep. Mulligan Joins Safety Advocates at NH Statehouse to Discuss Seat Belt Bill
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Rep. Mary Jane Mulligan (D), sponsor of House Bill (HB) 1259, and a coalition of public health and traffic safety groups and first responders will be available to discuss the urgent need for a primary enforcement seat belt law for all vehicle occupants. HB 1259 will be considered by the House Transportation Committee tomorrow, February 6, at 10:00 AM EST.

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Advocates & Trucking Alliance File Comments Opposing Exemptions to ELD Trucking Rule
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In joint comments submitted today to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) and the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (Trucking Alliance) warned that an exemption request filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) would gut the long-settled electronic logging device (ELD) rule by allowing nearly all trucking companies to delay compliance.

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Advocates’ Statement on DC Auto Show’s Missing Driverless Cars
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Despite all the hype, driverless cars were a no-show at the D.C. Auto Show. This weekend, I went to the convention center thinking I would experience “the latest and greatest” autonomous vehicle (AV) technology about which automakers have been boasting. They have been claiming that AVs, also referred to as driverless cars, are a panacea to motor vehicle crashes. Yet, on display were only a few “concept cars,” which are futuristic and not ready for sales. This was surprising especially considering that just last Wednesday, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing on AVs in conjunction with the auto show during which some Committee members spoke of the urgency to pass legislation to allow for the immediate sale to the public of hundreds of thousands of AVs with exemptions from current federal motor vehicle safety standards.

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Advocates’ Statement on Autonomous Vehicles to the Senate Commerce Committee
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety sent the following statement to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for a hearing entitled Driving Automotive Innovation and Federal Policies.”

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Letter to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Autonomous Vehicles
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In preparation for tomorrow morning’s hearing, “Driving Automotive Innovation and Federal Policies” by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, leading organizations representing consumers, safety advocates, persons with disabilities, law enforcement, and victims and survivors of motor vehicle crashes sent a letter voicing strong concerns about the AV START Act, S. 1885.  A more detailed statement from Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety will be submitted to the Committee tomorrow morning.

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Advocates Releases 2018 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws
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Today, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), released the 2018 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws. This is the 15th edition of an annual report that rates all 50 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) on the adoption of 16 fundamental traffic safety laws. This “report card” exposes over 400 missing safety laws nationwide. It is an essential tool that state elected officials should use to improve roadway safety for all motorists as 2018 state legislative sessions kick off. 

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Statement on New National Academies of Sciences Impaired Driving Report
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) commends the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) for issuing their new report, “Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities: A Comprehensive Approach to a Persistent Problem.” I was honored to participate as an advisor to NAS as they compiled research and recommendations for the report focusing on alcohol-impaired driving, the largest cause of motor vehicle fatalities.

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Press Conference on Monday Jan. 22 at Noon for Advocates’ Report Card of State Highway Safety Laws
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) will release its 2018 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws ranking all 50 states and the District of Columbia on the passage of 16 essential traffic safety laws. State legislative action is critical in light of the 8.4% increase in 2015 and another 5.6% jump in 2016 in highway fatalities. Preliminary figures for the first half of 2017 show no substantial reversal to 37,461 fatalities in 2016.

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New Poll Finds Overwhelming Support For Driverless Car Safety Standards
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Today, leading safety and consumer advocates unveiled a new CARAVAN Public Opinion Poll which revealed widespread concern over major segments of American society on important issues under consideration in federal legislation on driverless cars.

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