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Statement on Release of GAO Study on Truck Underride Guards
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In response to a report issued on April 15, 2019 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) called “Truck Underride Guards, Improved Data Collection, Inspections, and Research Needed“, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety along with families and survivors of truck…

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Advocates Celebrates 30th Anniversary, Bestows Awards on Safety Leaders
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 9, 2019 Contact: Allison Kennedy, akennedy@saferoads.org, 202-408-1711 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety Celebrates 30th Anniversary, Bestows Awards on Safety Leaders (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), a unique partnership between insurance…

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Statement for House Hearing “Every Life Counts: Improving the Safety of our Nation’s Roadways”
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety submitted a written statement for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Highways and Transit Subcommittee hearing “Every Life Counts: Improving the Safety of our Nation’s Roadways”.  The full statement is available here.

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Statement on California Legislation to Curb Drunk Driving
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Statement of Peter Kurdock, General Counsel, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety In Support of Lifesaving California Legislation — SB 545 and AB 1713 Will Significantly Curb Drunk Driving                            Today, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) is pleased to…

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Statement on Introduction of Lifesaving Michigan Impaired Driving Legislation
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2019 Contact: 202-408-1711 Statement of Tara Gill, Senior Director Advocacy and State Legislation, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, On Introduction of Lifesaving Michigan Legislation — HB 4419, HB 4420 and HB 4421 Will Significantly…

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Joan Claybrook Testifies Before House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Impaired Driving
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Thursday, March 14, 2019, Advocates’ Board Member and former NHTSA Administrator Joan Claybrook testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce during the hearing “Enhancing Vehicle Technology to Prevent Drunk Driving“.  Read her full testimony…

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Stop Underrides Act Introduced to Prevent Tragic Truck Crash Deaths
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Release from the Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Contact: Whitney Mitchell Brennan, 202-224-3873 SENATORS GILLIBRAND AND RUBIO AND REPRESENTATIVES COHEN AND DESAULNIER REINTRODUCE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO PUT IN PLACE SIMPLE SAFETY MEASURES TO…

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PARK IT Act Introduced to Address Risks Posed by Carbon Monoxide and Vehicle Rollaway
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From the Office of Senator Richard Blumenthal: BLUMENTHAL ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT AGAINST CARBON MONOXIDE & ROLLAWAY RISK RAISED BY KEYLESS CARS [WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) announced introduction of the Protecting Americans from the Risks…

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Letter to Senate Commerce Committee for 2/13/19 Hearing on Infrastructure
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This letter was sent to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for the hearing on February 13, 2019, “America’s Infrastructure Needs: Keeping Pace with a Growing Economy”.  The letter is signed by stakeholders representing safety, consumers, public health and…

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OPPOSE LB 378: Repealing Nebraska’s Motorcycle Helmet Law Would be a Deadly and Costly Mistake
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Background: Nearly each year efforts are mounted to repeal Nebraska’s all-rider motorcycle helmet law and this year is no exception.  Legislature Bill (LB) 378 is pending and, if enacted, will repeal the state’s all-rider helmet law.  Thanks to your past…

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Letter to Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for 2/7/19 Hearing – Put Safety First
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This letter was sent to the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for the hearing on February 7, 2019, “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait”.  The letter is signed by stakeholders representing…

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Urgent Action Needed: ND — One Traffic Safety Upgrade & One Traffic Safety Degrade
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Upgrade: SB 2060: All-Occupant, Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Requirement Degrade: HB 1264: Raises Speed Limit to 80 mph URGENT ACTION NEEDED Bills Status: SB 2060: On January 22, the North Dakota Senate advanced Senate Bill (SB) 2060 by a vote…

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MEDIA ALERT: Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety to Release 2019 Roadmap Report
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MEDIA ALERT: News Conference and Webcast – Tue. Jan. 22, 2019 CONTACT:   Bill Bronrott, 202-270-4415, bronrott@gmail.com; Allison Kennedy, 202-408-1711 or 360-281-7033, akennedy@saferoads.org NEW REPORT: 50 States and DC to be Graded on Traffic Safety Laws; Best & Worst States…

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Statement on FMCSA Decision to Preempt CA Meal and Rest Laws
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 21, 2018 Contact: Allison Kennedy, akennedy@saferoads.org, 202-408-1711 or 360-281-7033 Statement of Peter Kurdock, General Counsel of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, On Decision of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to Preempt California Meal and Rest…

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Statement from Safety & Consumer Groups: Defective Driverless Car Legislation Fails to Advance
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2018 Contact: Allison Kennedy, (202) 408-1711 or (360) 281-7033, akennedy@saferoads.org Defective Driverless Car Legislation Fails to Advance Paving the Way for a Better and Safer Bill in 2019 Safety and Consumer Advocates Thank Congressional Leaders…

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Joint Statement on ELD Exemption Denials
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) and the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (the Trucking Alliance) applaud the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for denying 10 exemption requests from the electronic logging device (ELD) regulation.  This common-sense, lifesaving rule requires trucks to be equipped with an ELD to track a driver’s on-duty time.

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Advocates’ Summary of Revised AV START Act Draft
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) prepared the following analysis of the revised staff draft of the AV START Act (S. 1885).  Like previous versions of this legislation, the revised draft allows companies to be given excessive exemptions from federal safety standards; lacks minimum performance requirements for the “vision of driverless cars”, electronics systems, cybersecurity and driver engagement; contains language that prevents states and localities from adequately protecting their citizens; and, lacks needed government oversight and industry accountability.

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Advocates’ Statement on National Drugged and Drunk Driving Prevention Month
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This National Drugged and Drunk Driving Prevention Month, December 2018, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) urges state and federal policymakers to advance effective solutions to improve safety on our Nation’s roads and highways.  Strengthening state impaired driving laws, boosting research and funding to learn more about drug-impaired driving, and ensuring that proven crash avoidance safety technologies are standard in all vehicles are steps that could be taken today to help keep families safe.

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Joint Statement on the AV START Act (S. 1885)
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Our neighborhood streets should not be turned into industry proving grounds.  Unless crucial safeguards called for by a broad coalition are added to AV START, Senators should oppose this dangerous bill and reject any attempts to circumvent open discussion and debate by attaching it to must-pass legislation.  We believe driverless vehicles may have the potential to reduce crashes and improve accessibility, but it is clear that day is still far away.  Rushing through a driverless vehicle bill that lacks fundamental safeguards will make our roads less safe and risks turning an already skeptical public even more against this technology.

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Advocates’ Staff Member Receives Public Interest Award
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) is proud to announce that Cathy Barzey, our long-time Administrative Assistant, is being honored as the recipient of this year’s Phyllis McCarthy Public Interest Award.  The award, created by Public Citizen in 2003, is given each year to a dedicated member of the public interest movement whose contributions, while not always visible to those outside the organization, are critical to the success of the mission.  An indispensable member of Advocates’ team since 2002, Cathy works tirelessly to support Advocates’ mission to prevent motor vehicle crashes, save lives and reduce injuries by enacting state and federal highway and auto safety laws.

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