Media Alert: 2020 Roadmap of Highway Safety Laws

  • January 12, 2020
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MEDIA ALERT: News Conference and Webcast
NEW DATE: Thursday, January 23 11am EST
Pete Daniels, 202-408-1141 (O), 301-442-2249 (C),
Bill Bronrott, 202-270-4415,

New Report to Reveal “Best and Worst” States, Rate 50 States and DC on Highway Safety Laws


New Opinion Poll to be Released on Distracted Driving

And Marijuana-Impaired Driving


Tens of Thousands Killed on our Roads Every Year —

With State Legislative Sessions Beginning, Time to Take Action



NEWS CONFERENCE & WEBCAST – The 2020 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws will rank all 50 states and the District of Columbia on the passage of 16 essential traffic safety laws.  Each state and DC will be given a “green,” “yellow,” or “red” rating based on the number of optimal traffic safety laws enacted.

The report card will provide state-specific data, an assessment of each state’s actions to reduce the tragic toll of preventable deaths and injuries on our Nation’s roadways, and opportunities for each state to enhance safety during this year’s legislative session.  Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and a panel of health, safety and law enforcement experts and activists will release the Roadmap Report, unveil the “Best and Worst” states, and identify needed state action in 2020.

Among the speakers is Jennifer Weaver of Charles County, MD.  Ms. Weaver began her advocacy against distracted driving following her involvement in a 2015 car crash.

This press conference will also include the results of a new public opinion survey commissioned by Advocates on the issues of distracted driving and marijuana-impaired driving.

With 100 people on average being killed and thousands more being injured in crashes every day on our roadways, imposing an annual cost burden of nearly one trillion dollars, the need for swift action at the state and federal level could not be any clearer.


NEW DATE – Thursday, January 23, 2020, 11:00 A.M. EST


Reserve Officers Association, 1 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, “Top of the Hill” Minuteman Ballroom or LIVE Webcast Available at


Cathy Chase, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates)

Lee Fanshaw (Madison, WI), Federal Government Affairs Director, American Family Insurance, Insurance Co-Chair of Advocates’ Board of Directors

Mary Jagim MS, RN, CEN, FAEN (Moorhead, MN), 2001 President, Emergency Nurses Association, Consumer Vice Chair of Advocates’ Board of Directors

Commander Chris Olson (Oro Valley, AZ), Oro Valley, Arizona Police Department

Deanna Wathington, MD, MPH, FAAFP (DeLand, FL), Executive Dean, College of Health Sciences, Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Bethune-Cookman University, Executive Board Vice Chair, American Public Health Association

Jennifer Weaver (Charles County, MD), Anti-Distracted Driving Advocate


ELECTRONIC MEDIA KIT, including the 2020 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws report, will be available online Thursday, January 23 at 12:01 AM EST at


This news announcement will be livestreamed on Advocates’ website,  Reporters tuning into the livestream can submit questions during the event.


Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety is an alliance of consumer, medical, public health, and safety groups and insurance companies and agents working together to make America’s roads safer.  Advocates’ mission is the adoption of federal and state laws, policies and programs that prevent motor vehicle crashes, save lives, reduce injuries, and contain costs.