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Advocates’ Chart on State Graduated Driver Licensing Laws for National Teen Driver Safety Week
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Advocates urges state elected officials to advance legislation still in play this year, lauds lawmakers who have repeatedly worked to improve state GDL programs, and calls out missed opportunities to pass GDL laws which could have led to making the learning-to-drive process safer for young drivers.

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Statement on 2016 Increases in Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths
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Too many states lack too many safety laws and that is contributing to this public health crisis.  At the federal level, critical safety standards that would make our highways safer for everyone are delayed or ignored.

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Advocates’ Statement on AV START Act Senate Commerce Commiteee Markup Victories
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Today, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee voted to advance the American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies Act (AV START Act, S. 1885), a bill that will establish policies and procedures for introducing autonomous vehicles (AVs) into the marketplace for decades to come. 

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Safety Advocates’ and defect victims’ letter to Senate Commerce Committee on Senate AV Bill
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The improvements we recommend will not stop or even slow down the development and deployment of AVs which hold the potential to significantly reduce motor vehicle deaths and injuries.  Rather, these are commonsense proposals that will ensure public safety and industry accountability.

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Press Call and Materials on Senate AV Bill (S. 1885)
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Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) joined a coalition of leading safety and consumer advocates, and survivors and families of victims of dangerous and deadly vehicle defects to call for commonsense safety improvements to the American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies Act (AV START Act, S. 1885).

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Advocates’ Statement on Sleep Apnea Legislation
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) commends Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), as well as Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Albio Sires (D-NJ) for introducing commonsense legislation (S. 1883/H.R. 3882) that would require obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) screenings and treatment for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.

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Advocates’ Statement on Child Passenger Safety Week and State Child Passenger Laws
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It is critical that children are protected by strong laws that keep them in the back seat restrained by a child safety seat, booster seat, or safety belt, as appropriate for their age and size. Needless tragedies happening on our roads could be prevented if state legislatures enact these lifesaving laws.

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Advocates’ Statement on NTSB Tesla Hearing and NHTSA AV Guidelines
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The devastating conclusions of the Board reveal what happens when the government takes a hands-off approach to hands-free driving. This should serve as an urgent alarm to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Congress to take immediate action to regulate autonomous vehicle (AV) technology.

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Advocates’ Statement on Labor Day Travel and State Traffic Safety Laws
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The historic increase in drivers on the road for Labor Day weekend creates a greater potential for tragedy. Unfortunately, many states lack some of the most important traffic safety laws to prevent motor vehicle crashes, deaths, and injuries. It is time for state lawmakers to enact commonsense and cost-effective laws to make our roads and families safe every day of the year.

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Advocates’ Statement on New NTSB Speeding-Related Crashes Report
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Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its new report, Reducing Speeding-Related Crashes Involving Passenger Vehicles. This report details the staggering scope of speeding-related crashes, fatalities, injuries and costs resulting from people driving too fast.

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Statement on Dangerous FMCSA Move to Withdraw Critical Rulemaking on Sleep Apnea
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FMCSA’s plan to withdraw an important safety rulemaking which is already underway ignores the advice of medical experts, fellow federal regulators and even the agency’s own advisory committees. The move comes at a time when the number of truck crashes, fatalities and injuries continues to skyrocket.

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Press Release: Senate Introduces HOT CARS Act
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Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Al Franken (D-MN) announced the introduction of the Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act (HOT CARS Act of 2017, S. 1666). This critical legislation addresses the tragic deaths of children unknowingly being left in vehicles. 

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MEDIA ALERT — Press Call 7/31 at 12pm EST on HOT CARS Act
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MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Monday, July 31, 2017 at 12:00 Noon ET Contact:  Bill Bronrott, 202-270-4415, bronrott@gmail.com  NATIONAL HEATSTROKE PREVENTION DAY – MON. JULY 31 Look Before You Lock! HOT CARS Act of 2017 – S.1666 MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL WHAT: U.S. Senator…

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Statement on House “Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation”
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent this statement to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee for the hearing on “Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation” before the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection on June 27, 2017. A summary…

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Op-Ed: Utah should not buy the fear-mongering of the alcohol lobby
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    Op-ed: Utah should not buy the fear-mongering of the alcohol lobby By Andrew McGuire JUN 21, 2017   The Utah Legislature has enacted an important and lifesaving law to make Utah’s roads safer for families by lowering the…

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Statement on “Paving the Way for Self-Driving Vehicles”
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent this statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for the hearing “Paving the Way for Self-Driving Vehicles” on June 14, 2017. A summary of the statement is available…

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News Conference on the Introduction of the HOT CARS Act of 2017
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Download the electronic media kit (PDF). Download the following press release (PDF). FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2017 Contacts:  Bill Bronrott, 202-270-4415, bronrott@gmail.com; Rep. Tim Ryan contact: Michael Zetts, Michael.Zetts@mail.house.gov, 202-225-5261; Rep. King contact: Kevin Fogarty, Kevin.Fogarty@mail.house.gov, 202-225-7896; Rep. Schakowsky contact: Jeronimo…

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Texas Becomes 43rd State to Pass Primary Enforcement Texting Ban
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2017 Contact: Tara Gill, 202-408-1711, tgill@saferoads.org STATEMENT OF JACKIE GILLAN, PRESIDENT OF ADVOCATES FOR HIGHWAY AND AUTO SAFETY, ON ENACTMENT OF TEXTING WHILE DRIVING BAN IN TEXAS Tremendous Texas Safety Victory – Texas becomes 43rd…

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Advocates’ Letter to Texas Governor Abbott on HB 62
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety urges Texas Governor Greg Abbott to sign House Bill (HB) 62, which would prohibit drivers from using wireless communications devices to read, write or send messages while operating a motor vehicle. Distracted driving is…

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Advocates’ Statement on Need for Strong Truck Side Underride Guards
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2017 Contact: Allison Kennedy, 202-408-1711, akennedy@saferoads.org STATEMENT OF JACKIE GILLAN, PRESIDENT OF ADVOCATES FOR HIGHWAY AND AUTO SAFETY, ON THE NEED FOR STRONG SIDE UNDERRIDE GUARDS ON SEMITRAILER TRUCKS New Crash Tests Provide Real-World Evidence…

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