PRESS RELEASES & STATEMENTS:July 8,2012
Advocates' President Jackie Gillian Speaks alongside Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and motorcoach safety advocate John Betts to applaud new occupant protection legislation in the transportation reauthorization bill.
Please click here for the full statmentJune 29,2012The Senate and House pass multi-year, multi-billion dollar surface transportation authorization bill that contains important safety advances. These safety provisions will prevent crashes, save lives, reduce injuries, and save taxpayer dollars.June 19, 2012
Jane Mathis and Jim Portell share their story of personal loss in preventable highway crashes with the Orlando Sentinel and urge passage of the important safety provisions in Senate Bill 1813, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).Please click here for the letter to the editor.
June 10, 2012Brad Brown, co-founder of the West Brook Bus Crash Families group and advocate for motorcoach safety legislation, published in the Washington Post to highlight the importance of the bus safety provisions in the surface transportation reauthorization bill.Please click here for the letter.June 10, 2012Advocates' Consumer Co-Chair Joan Claybrook receives Global Award for pioneer work establishing New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) in late 1970s.Please click here for the release.Please click here for Joan Claybrook's remarks.Please click here for Joan Claybrook's NCAP presentation.May 31,2012Representative Tim Bishop (D-NY) "Highway Bill Must Make Roads Safer in Addition to Creating Jobs." Congressman speaks at Advocates’ press conference and announces his work to include a strong safety agenda in the final Surface Transportation Reauthorization conference committee report.May 31,2012Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) releases statement following his participation in Advocates’ press conference reiterating the importance of retaining truck safety provisions in the final Surface Transportation Reauthorization conference committee report.May 31, 2012Senator John Rockefeller IV (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation applauds the work of parents, safety advocates, and pediatricians in voicing their support for safety improvements that are essential to this legislation.May 31,2012Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) urges colleagues negotiating the Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill to retain the bipartisan Senate passed safety provisions in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Calls for bipartisan support of the teen driving issues, particularly the incentive grant program to encourage state adoption of comprehensive teen driving laws.May 31, 2012Advocates' joins victims, pediatricians, insurance companies, and members of the United States House of Representatives to urge that Congress keep the safety advances included in the Senate version of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill, MAP-21.Please click here for the press release. Click here to learn more about the important safety provisions at stake. For the full press kit, including speaker statements, click here.May 22, 2012Advocates' President Jackie Gillan's letter to the Editor published in the New York Times calling for the use of electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) to address fatigue and hours of service violations in the trucking industry.Please click here for the letter. Please click here for the related article on the dangers of trucking in the oil industry.March 22, 2012
Advocates' Consumer Co-Chair, Joan Claybrook, testified on March 22, 2012 before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on "Motor Vehicle Safety Provisions in the House and Senate Highway Bills."
Please click here for the statement.March 21, 2012
Families, Safety and Consumer Groups, and Bus Drivers Urge Members of Congress to Pass Comprehensive Motorcoach Safety Provisions in the Surface Transportation Bill.
Click here for a copy of the letter.March 14, 2012
Safety Advocates Praise Senate Passage of Bi-Partisan Surface Transportation Authorization Legislation--Comprehensive Safety Provisions will Result in Safer Vehicles, Safer Drivers, and Safer Roads.
Click here for the press release and here for the list of key safety provisions included in S.1813.February 24, 2012
Safety Groups and Drivers Go to Court Over New Truck Driver Hours of Service Rule--New Rule Fails to Address Driver Fatigue.
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Dangerous House Bill will Allow Overweight, Oversized Trucks on Highways--Diverse Coalition of Labor, Law Enforcement, Safety Groups, AAA, Local Government, Victims and Survivors Oppose Bigger Trucks Bill as Deadly Public Safety Threat.
Click here for statement by Advocates' President Jackie Gillan, and visit the Truck Safety Coalition for the fullpress kit.January 11, 2012
Advocates releases The 2012 Roadmap to State Highway Safety Laws.
Please click here for the webcast of the news conference held January 11, 2012 and click here for the press kit.August 31,2010Solid Evidence for Passage of the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act According to a New Study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Click here for Advocates' press release and here for the report.May 26, 2010New Report Shows Safety Laws Save Lives, Billions in Costs.
Safety Advocates Call on Congress to Pass Unfinished Highway and Auto Safety Agenda.Click here for the press kit, including press release and report.Click here for a video of the press event.April 27, 2010Advocates' President, Judie Stone, discusses the STANDUP Act
during an interview with Minnesota Public Radio on Teen Driving Public Policy.
Click here to listen to the show broadcast on April 27, 2010.April 27, 2010Advocates' President, Judie Stone, discusses the STANDUP Act
during an interview with Minnesota Public Radio on Teen Driving Public Policy.
Click here to listen to the show broadcast on April 27, 2010.January 11,2010See Advocates on C-SPAN!
Our press conference for The 2010 Roadmap to State Highway Safety Laws was featured on January 11, 2010.
Click here to view the digital archive, available on C-SPAN's Video Library.November 30, 2009
Parents, teens, medical personnel, firefighters, insurance executives, and safety advocates join Rep. Castle to urge enactment of national STANDUP Act to accelerate state passage of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws for novice teen drivers.Advocates Honors Highway Safety Achievers with Lifetime Award Click here for the press release.March 9, 2009
Safety Advocates Ask Court to Overturn Bush 'Midnight Regulation.March 9, 2009Members of Congress, Consumer Safety Advocates Urge Passage of Motorcoach Safety Bill.Please click here for the full statment.January 12, 2009Advocates' 2009 Roadmap to State Highway Safety Laws Released.July 8, 2008Media Alert: NTSB meeting on Bluffton motorcoach crash, testimony and other information about the need for federal motorcoach safety legislation.May 9, 2008Parents, health and safety advocates, make Mother's Day plea to Maryland Governor to veto controversial "kiddie booze" bill.Please click here for the full statment.February 18, 2008Adovocates' 2008 Roadmap to State Highway Safety Laws Released.December 5, 2007Advocates Honors Highway Safety Acheivers with Lifetime Award.August 6, 2007Advocates Judith Stone on Release of National Campaign To Stop Red Light Running Report: Focus on Safety.Please click here for the full remarks.Please click here for the full report.
July 23, 2007Advocates Judith Stone on NHTSA Release of Annual Motor Vehicle Fatality Data.June 7, 2007Advocates President Judith Stone On Culture of Speeding in America on NPR.Please click here to listen to the full story.
May 25, 2007Advocates Disappointed and Disturbed at Release of Annual Motor Vehicle Fatality Data.May 16, 2007Child Safety Advocates and Consumer Groups Applaud Senate Commitee Action Today to Stop Deaths and Injuries of Children Due to Motor Vehicle Design Flaws.
Please click here for the statement.April 2, 2007Advocates Urges States to Adopt Highwau Safety Legislation During National Public Health Week.March 22, 2007Advocates' Statment: Senate Committee Puts the brakes on Dangerous Trucks from MexicoMarch 20, 2007Statement of Jacqueline Gillan before the Subcommitee on Highways and Transit, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Bus Safety.March 13, 2007Statement of Jacqueline Gillan before the Subcommitee on Highways and Transit, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on the Border Pilot Program.March 8, 2007Statement of Joan Claybrook on behalf of Advocates, Public Citizen, CRASH and P.A.T.T. before the Subcommitee on Transportation, HUD, and Related Agencies, Senate Commitee on Appropriations on Opening the Border to Mexico-Domiciled Trucks.February 23, 2007Auto Safety Organizations Urge Congressional Oversigtht Hearings on Opening Southern Border to Mexican-Domiciled, Long-Haul Trucks.January 8, 2007Advocates Releases New Report Highlighting Gaps in State Highway Safety Laws.Please click here for statment.Please click here for the report.
November 14, 2006Safety Groups Respond to NHTSA Report on Vehicle Backover. Study Supports Need for Passage of HR 2230 & S. 1948.September 14, 2006Statement: Auto Safety Agency Response to Congressional Mandate Is Significant Stride Towards Curbing Burgeoning Rollover Problem.
September 6, 2006Safety Groups, Survivor Advocates, and Members of Congress Urge Passage of Safety Law Requiring Federal Response.August 22, 2006Statement on Release of Fatality Figures for 2005 Motor Vehicle CrashesJuly 11, 2006Letter to the Editor, Wall Street Journal, In Response To"Safe At Any Speed."Wall Street Journal Editorial: Safe At Any Speed.Please click here for the letter to editor.Please click here for the article.
June 23, 2006Advocates Applauds Michigan Governor Granholm For Vetoing Legislation Repealing Michigan's All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law in letter to Governor Granholm.Please click here for the letter to the governor.
May 24, 2006Highway Safety Groups Urge Texas Transportation Commision To Maintain Speed Limit.May 16, 2006Consumer, Health, Safety, Auto And Insurance Groups Urge House Appropriations To Fully Fund FARS and NASS Programs.April 12, 2006Safety Groups Win Decision to Make Power Windoes Less Dangerous for Children, But Government Says "No" to Fail Safe Technology to Eliminate Program.
April 6, 2006Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety Urges Missouri Legislators to Maintain Existing All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law.March 28, 2006Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety Tells Congress the Large Truck Crash Causation Study is Severely Flawed.March 2, 2006Advocates Testifies Before Congress on Safety of Curbside Motorcoaches.February 27, 2006Trucker Hours-of-Service Rule Creates Hazard, Allows Drivers on Road for Too Many Hours, Safety Groups and Teamsters Tell Court.January 31, 2006Farmers Insurance Group Joins Board of Directors of Advocates for Highway and Auto safety.January 5, 2006State Legislatures are Parking Lots for Lifesaving Traffic Safety Laws New Study Finds Most States Still Lack Basic Occupant Protection, Drunk Driving, Child Safety and Teen Driving Laws.December 3, 2005US Court of Appeals Unanimously Rules in Favor of Advocates in Lawsuit Against FMCSA Rule on Entry-Level of Training for Commerial Operators.
October 19, 2005Advocates Supports Massachusetts HB 229 Primary Enforcement of Seat Belts.September 30, 2005Advocates Statement on the Release of National Occupant Protection Survey.September 27, 2005Advocates To Recognize Key Legislators for Improvements in Highway Bill.September 26, 2005Advocates Files Hours of Service Final Rule Petition for ReconsiderationAugust 19, 2005Statement on FMCSA Hours of Service Rule for Truck DriversAugust 1 , 2005Statement on Release of Fatality Figures for 2004 Motor Vehicle Crashes.July 29, 2005Advocates Lauds Congressional Leadership Upon Passage Of Extensive Highway and Auto Safety Advances.June 15, 2005South Carolina Passes Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Law.Please click here for the letter to Bill Sponsor.Please click here for the letter to the Governor.May 17, 2005Senate Passes Transportation Bill with Strong Safety Agenda.May 5, 2005Statement on Teen Driving in Connecticut with Senator Dodd.April 28, 2005Statement on GAO Report on New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).April 21, 2005Statement on Preliminary Highway Death Data.April 14, 2005Strong Auto Safety Bill Adopted by Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Commitee.March 17, 2005Advocates Congratulates Passage of Teen Driver Safety Bill By the Maryland House of Delegates.March 9, 2005Advocates Applauds Congressional Rejections of Anti-Truck Safety Amendments To Surface. Transportation Bill..Please click here for the statment.December 16, 2004Statement: As Record Number Of Families Take To The Highways This Holiday Season New Report Shows Shocking Disparity Among States In Basic Highway Safety Laws.December 15, 2004Media Alert - Each State To Receive Rating Based On Progress In Adopting 14 Basic Highway Safety Laws.November 30, 2004National Black Caucus of State Legislators Recognized For Highway Safety Leadership.November 23, 2004Olver Amendment Retained In Omnibus Appropriations Legislation.October 21, 2004Children Still At Risk: Power Window Rule Challenged By Consumer Auto And Child Safety Groups.October 4, 20043 Million Traffic Deaths and Growing.September 22, 2004Victory For Safety, Congress Says NO To Unsafe Foreign Trucks.September 17, 2004Congress Could Increase Seat Belt Use More Rapidly By Passing a National Seat Belt Law.September 15, 200444 U.S. Senators urge passage of life-saving motor vehicle safety provisions.August 25, 2004Advocates Demands GM Pull Ad Of Children Driving Corvettes.August 10, 20042003 Highway Fatalities Still At Record Levels.July 16, 2004Victory For Truck Safety.July 12, 2004New Lou Harris Poll Shows Near Unanimous Support For Gov't Action To Improve Vehicle Safety Standards To Stem Rising Tide Of Deaths.
July 1, 2004Advocates Congratulates the Delaware Legislature on Becoming 50th State to Pass .08% BAC Law.June 18, 2004Advocates Commends Louisiana for Reinstatement of Motorcycle Helmet Law.May 24, 2004Motorcycle Helmets Make $en$e for all of us.May 20, 2004Tennessee State Legislature Passes Lifesaving Seat Belt Bill.
Please click here for the statement.April 28, 2004Highway Fatality Data Released Today - 43,220 People Killed - Highest since 1990.Please click here for the statementApril 13, 2004Victory in Maryland - Motorcycle Helmets Continue to Save LivesMarch 23, 2004Lawmakers Must Enact Top 10 Auto Safety Protections. - Victims and Safety Groups Press for Passage of Vital Safety Legislation.February 9, 2004Senators Warner, Clinton, DeWine and Broad-based Safety Coalition Call for Passage of National Seat Belt LegislationJanuary 8, 2004Advocates Releases State Highway Safety Laws ReportDecember 10, 2003Advocates Applauds DOT Secretary's Call to Enact National Primary Seat Belt LawsDecember 9, 2003Senators Warner, Clinton Introduce Legislation to Enact National Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Law; Coalitions Lend Support