MEDIA ALERT: Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety to Participate in Press Conference on Truck Safety Issues

    • July 15, 2019
    150 150 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2019
    CONTACT:   Pete Daniels, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 202-408-1711 or
    301-442-2249, pdaniels@saferoads.org

     

    MEDIA ALERT: News Conference: Tuesday, July 16 at 12:00 p.m. EST

    Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

    to Participate in Press Conference on Truck Safety Issues

     

    WHAT:

    Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) will join the Truck Safety Coalition, truck crash victims, survivors and families, and members of Congress to discuss improvements necessary to increase truck safety on our Nation’s roads.  At a time when truck crashes, deaths and injuries remain unacceptably high, Congress must act to pass critical legislation to prevent and mitigate this major public health epidemic.

    WHEN:  Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. EST

    WHERE:  House Triangle, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. and streamed live via Twitter

    WHO:

    Congressman Chuy Garcia (D-IL)

     Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA)

     Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA)

    Harry Adler, Executive Director, Truck Safety Coalition

    Pam Biddle (Waverly Hall, GA), on May 13, 2017, Pam’s 23-year-old son, Aaron Lee, was with his father, Brian, and Brian’s partner, Stephanie Swaim, near Terre Haute, IN when they were stopped in traffic due to a car carrier that had a brake fire.  A semi driver failed to slow and rear-ended their car which was pushed into another semi in front of them. The vehicles burst into flames killing Aaron, Brian, and Stephanie. Aaron was close to receiving his degree from the Purdue School of Nursing. Brian was a Navy veteran who served in Desert Storm. Stephanie left behind five children.

    Kate Brown (Gurnee, IL), on May 2, 2005, Kate’s 27-year-old son Graham was hit by an impaired and fatigued truck driver in Round Lake, Illinois.  The truck driver fell asleep and swerved into the oncoming lane, hitting Graham’s car.  After the crash, the truck driver was witnessed saying he had been “partying all night.”  Graham underwent 22 different surgeries, and three full years of physical and occupational therapy.  He is now permanently, partially disabled.

    Cathy Chase: President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

     

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