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Bloomberg Government: Highway Bill Misses Safety Mark, Some Democrats Say
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Cathy Chase, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, said the proposed bill doesn’t require all new cars and trucks to install automatic emergency braking by a specific date. “While the legislation includes some improvements, it doesn’t meet the moment,” Chase said. Several provisions of the legislation also direct further research on safety technology. The bill “falls short” because “requiring reports is not the same as requiring rules; mandating studies is not the same as mandating performance standards,” said Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety.

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Press Conference on the Surface Transportation Investment Act of 2021 (S. 2016)
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VIRTUAL PRESS CONFERENCE – On June 15, 2021 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) joined by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA), families of truck crash, “hot car” and seatback failure victims, safety & consumer advocates, public…

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MEDIA ALERT: Virtual Press Conference on Lack of Needed Safety Upgrades in the U.S. Senate “Surface Transportation Investment Act of 2021”
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) joined by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Edward Markey (D-MA) families of truck crash, “hot car” and seatback failure victims, safety & consumer advocates, public health experts and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters will call on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to include urgently needed safety upgrades in surface transportation legislation scheduled for consideration by the Committee on June 16.

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Statement on Advancement of the INVEST in America Act (H.R. 3684)
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The Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act (H.R. 3684), passed by the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on a bipartisan vote, includes provisions to produce meaningful safety gains, especially in the areas of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and protecting vulnerable road users including pedestrians and bicyclists.

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Statement on the Urgent Need to Upgrade Ohio’s Distracted Driving Law
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Distracted driving is a destructive and deadly danger on our roadways.  With the evolution of smartphones and the expansion of digital communication platforms in the form of apps, cameras, social media, gaming and more, Ohio’s law needs to be updated to restrict device use and curb distraction behind the wheel.  House Bill (H.B.) 283 would accomplish this goal, and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) urges the state legislature to take swift action to advance it.

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Group Letter to U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Urging Safety Provisions to be Included in Transportation Legislation
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As you consider surface transportation reauthorization legislation, we urge you to advance safety solutions that will significantly reduce the motor vehicle crash death and injury toll that imposes a needless emotional and economic burden on our country. You have a unique opportunity to make progress on overdue lifesaving measures and achieve consequential reductions in highway deaths and injuries.

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Safety Scorecard for Amendments to the INVEST in America Act (H.R. 3684)
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, the Consumer Federation of America, Parents Against Tired Truckers, the Trauma Foundation and Truck Safety Coalition sent a safety scorecard to the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for amendments offered during markup of the INVEST in America Act (H.R. 3684). 

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Letter in Support of House Bill (HB) 283 to Upgrade Ohio’s Distracted Driving Law
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This legislation will improve safety on Ohio roads by upgrading the state’s distracted driving law to primary enforcement, curbing distracting viewing behind the wheel, and adding a ban on handheld mobile device use. Current state law is secondary enforcement which significantly hinders police efforts as they are required to first observe an additional violation before stopping the driver for texting while driving.

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Protecting Roadside First Responders Act (S. 1386/H.R. 2867) Support List
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More than 25 organizations have signed up so far in 2021 to support the Protecting Roadside First Responders Act (S. 1386/H.R. 2868). Sponsored by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL, 17th), the bill would advance performance standards and requirements for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) including automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning (LDW) and blind spot detection (BSD).

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Joint Statement on House Transportation & Infrastructure’s “INVEST in America Act”
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Today the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure released legislation that takes affirmative steps towards a future of safer roads, drivers and vehicles; however, it also includes a significant carve-out from proven safety technology for special trucking interests.  The “INVEST in America Act”, includes numerous provisions that if enacted have the potential to significantly reduce motor vehicle crashes and fatalities.  Yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released data showing 38,680 crash deaths in 2020, representing a 7.2 percent increase and 13-year high despite a drop in the number of miles driven on U.S. roads last year.  The data also showed alarming increases in reckless behavior such as speeding, impaired driving and lack of seat belt use.

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Group Letter to House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on “INVEST in America Act”
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On June 4, 2021, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent a group letter to the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure about the “INVEST in America Act.”  The letter was signed by groups representing auto safety, consumer rights and highway safety advocates, public health and the victims of fatal truck crashes.

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New York Times Letter to the Editor by Joan Claybrook on Autonomous Vehicles
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Major companies have invested billions of dollars and ignored public warnings by knowledgeable auto executives that futuristic driverless cars will not be ready for public use for years to come.

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Statement on 2020 Motor Vehicle Crash Fatalities
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Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new statistics showing that despite less traffic on our roadways in 2020, they were exceedingly deadly.  An estimated 38,680 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2020, the largest projected number of traffic fatalities since 2007.  Right now with Congress considering a transportation bill, a strong safety title must be a critical component. 

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Group Letter to U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Teen Trucker Safety Risks
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), citing numerous studies, has stated that “age is a strong risk factor for truck crash involvement.” In fact, age is the most important factor in the high rate of involvement of younger CMV drivers in fatal crashes. The general pattern of over-involvement in fatal crashes for younger CMV drivers dominates all other factors. Studies of young CMV drivers show that as the age of the driver decreases, large truck fatal crash involvement rates increase.

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Group Letter to U.S. Senate Leaders Opposing Thune Amendment on Autonomous Vehicles (AVs)
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As leaders of organizations representing consumer, public health and safety groups, disability rights, child passenger safety, truck safety and traffic crash victim advocates, and law enforcement, medical, and bicycling interests, we are writing to share our concerns about an amendment which may be offered to the U.S. Innovation & Competition Act (S. 1260) by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) that would allow the public sale of tens of thousands of autonomous vehicles (AVs) exempt from meeting existing safety standards.

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Group Letter in Support of .05% Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Legislation in New York State, Assembly Bill (A.) 7197/ Senate Bill (S.) 131
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Drunk driving is a deadly and costly threat to New York families. In 2019, there were 931 fatalities on state roads and twenty-nine percent of those deaths (266) involved drunk driving above .08 percent BAC, according to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Traffic crashes also cost New York taxpayers more than $15.2 billion annually. Drunk driving is a serious problem that requires urgent attention and action. Advancing .05 percent BAC legislation will deter dangerous drinking and driving across all levels of impairment as well as curb needless highway deaths and injuries that threaten the safety of everyone – New York families and visitors.

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Letter in Support of House Bill (HB) 565 to Strengthen Louisiana’s Distracted Driving Law
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This legislation will improve safety on Louisiana roads by broadening the current prohibition on drivers from using wireless communication devices to include distracting viewing of non-navigational content and manual use. Considering the prevalence of distracted driving crashes, this legislation is critical, responsive and timely.

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Letter to U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Hearing, “Promises and Perils: The Potential of Automobile Technologies”
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Fully driverless cars may have a future potential to reduce the carnage on our roads, expand mobility and address other transportation and environmental challenges. To do so, commonsense, lifesaving solutions and safeguards can and must be implemented now. While it is true that motor vehicles crashes are often caused by human behavior, it is essential to remember that it is also humans who are developing AVs.

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Letter in Support of Assembly Bill (AB) 118 to Strengthen Nevada’s Child Occupant Protection Statute
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On May 13, 2021 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent a letter to the Nevada state Senate in support of Assembly Bill (AB) 118.  The measure would require that children remain rear facing in a child safety seat until age two or older and would add a minimum height requirement for children younger than age six to attain before they transition from use of a booster seat to a seat belt.

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Letter Opposing the Weakening of Maine’s Optimal Seat Belt Law
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On May 12, 2021, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent a letter to the Maine legislature’s Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety urging the Committee to oppose a provision in Legislative Document (LD) 1479 to limit enforcement of Maine’s seat belt law from primary to secondary.

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Press Release on Introduction of the Hot Cars Act in Congress
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Since 1990, nearly 1,000 children have died in hot cars. “Children will continue to die in hot cars until technology is utilized to detect and alert others of their presence inside a vehicle. Education alone will not solve this problem because no one thinks a hot car tragedy can happen to them. That is precisely why technology is necessary. The fact that these systems exist to save the lives of children, but are not being included in all new vehicles is inconceivable,” stated Janette Fennell, founder and president of Kids and Car Safety. 

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Message to New Hampshire Senate on Child Passenger Safety Legislation
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As leading public health and medical, traffic safety and child safety advocacy organizations, the New Hampshire Emergency Nurses Association, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), and Kids and Car Safety, urge you to support the version of House Bill (HB) 251 prior to being amended in the Senate Transportation Committee to upgrade New Hampshire’s child occupant protection statute.  The amendment would weaken child passenger safety efforts by conducting a study in place of needed improvements.

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Safety Groups Create Automated Enforcement (AE) Checklist
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Red light and speed cameras are powerful enforcement tools that have been shown to reduce crashes, but programs must be carefully implemented to maintain community support.  A new checklist released on May 6, 2021 by AAA, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Safety Council (NSC) can serve as a roadmap for communities that are establishing or expanding automated enforcement programs.

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Statement on National Heatstroke Prevention Day, May 1
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Inexpensive technology to detect the presence of an unattended child in a vehicle and alert to their presence exists today.  The Hot Cars Act, which directs the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue a rule to make this technology standard equipment in new cars, will soon be reintroduced and Congress should take immediate action to advance it.

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Statement on Protecting Roadside First Responders Act
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The Protecting Roadside First Responders Act directs the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop safety standards for these crash avoidance technologies and require them in new vehicles.  Currently, these technologies are predominantly available on luxury models or as part of expensive upgrade packages.  The bill addresses this inequity by requiring them across the board.

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Statement for Senate Commerce Subcommittee hearing, “Driving Innovation: the Future of Automotive Mobility, Safety, and Technology”
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Fully driverless cars may have a future potential to reduce the carnage on our roads and expand mobility, but commonsense, lifesaving solutions can and must be implemented now. During this transformational time in surface transportation history, we should pay heed to Benjamin Franklin’s infamous quote from 1736, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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Statement in Support of the Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone Act (RIDE Act) of 2021
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We applaud Senators Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Rick Scott (R-FL) for their leadership and dedication to curb impaired driving by introducing the RIDE Act.  This bipartisan legislation answers the urgent call for innovative solutions to meaningfully reduce the more than 10,000 deaths caused by drunk driving each year. 

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Courier News of New Jersey Letter to the Editor on Distracted Driving
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As a driver, bicyclist or pedestrian, it’s nearly impossible to escape being next to drivers whose eyes are glued to screens instead of the road. While public awareness may be heightened during Distracted Driving Awareness Month, distracted driving is a constant, widespread occurrence – a public safety crisis on our roadways.

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Letter to the Michigan House Judiciary Committee on Distracted Driving Legislation
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On April 15, 2021 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent a letter to the Michigan House Judiciary Committee urging the removal of a provision in House Bill (HB) 4277 to permit an exemption for device use in autonomous vehicles (AV), and supporting HB 4277 and HB 4279. The legislation would improve safety on Michigan roads by broadening the current prohibition on texting while operating a motor vehicle to include social media engagement and distracting viewing or transmitting of video and manual use (HB 4277) and restricting hands free use for novice drivers (HB 4279).

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Letter in Support of Assembly Bill (AB) 550 to Permit the Use of Automated Enforcement Systems in California
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On April 15, 2021 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent a letter to the California State Assembly Committee on Transportation in support of Assembly Bill (AB) 550.  The legislation would improve safety on California roads by permitting the use of automated speed enforcement systems, otherwise known as speed cameras.

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Group Letter to President Biden on Ending the Use and Sale of Dangerous Recalled Vehicles by the Federal Government.
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On April 15, 2021 a group letter was sent to President Biden urging an end to the unsafe practice of federal employees using unrepaired recalled vehicles and calling for a prohibition on the public sale of unrepaired recalled federal vehicles. 

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Joint Statement on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Decision Permitting In-Vehicle Sensors to Prevent ‘Hot Car’ Deaths
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Today, the FCC granted waivers to allow equipment manufacturers and automakers to install radar-based technology that can detect and alert to the presence of a child in a vehicle, in some instances movement as subtle as a baby breathing.

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Group Letter to U.S. House Committee on Appropriations on the FY 2022 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Budget
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On April 14, 2021 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) submitted a group letter for the record to the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations in support of a robust budget for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

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“Unsafe at Any Speed” 55th Anniversary Report
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In January 2021 Ralph Nader released a report marking the 55th anniversary of his book, “Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile.”  The report provides a detailed blueprint for reducing motor vehicle crashes, fatalities and injuries…

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Statement on the 2021-2022 National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements
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As the Board stated during its meeting on the new Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), all of NTSB’s recommendations are science-based, data-driven and deserving of implementation, but those selected for the Most Wanted List represent areas that are “ripe for action.”

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Group Letter in Support of House Bill (HB) 251 to upgrade New Hampshire’s Child Occupant Protection Statute
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This measure requires that children remain rear facing in a child safety seat until age two or older. Children should remain in appropriate safety seats as long as possible, until they have outgrown the seat specifications. When children are properly restrained in a child safety seat that is suitable for their age and size, their chance of being killed or seriously injured in a car crash is greatly reduced.

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New Jersey Star-Ledger Letter to the Editor on Distracted Driving
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On April 7, 2021 the New Jersey Star-Ledger published a letter to the editor by Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) and New Jersey Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-31st), on the issue of distracted driving.

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Statement on Distracted Driving Awareness Month
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April Fools’ Day marks the start of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, but distracted driving is no joke.  It remains a leading contributor to motor vehicle crashes, deaths and injuries.  Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) calls for decisive action on a comprehensive strategy to curb distraction behind the wheel.

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Major Group Letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Advancing Essential Auto Safety Upgrades
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We look forward to working with you to ensure that every person in every state on every road for every mode of travel will be provided equitable transportation protections. Meaningfully addressing the current inequitable physical, emotional, and economic toll of motor vehicle crashes is achievable now.

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Letter in Support of House Bill (HB) 3360/Senate Bill (SB) 248 to Upgrade South Carolina’s Distracted Driving Law
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On March 30, 2021 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent a letter to the South Carolina House Judiciary Committee in support of House Bill (HB) 3360/ Senate Bill (SB) 248 to upgrade South Carolina’s distracted driving law.   The legislation would broaden the current prohibition on drivers from using wireless communication devices to read, write or send text messages while operating a motor vehicle to include distracting viewing and manual use.

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Letter Opposing Assembly Bill (AB) 122 to Weaken California’s Bicycle Safety Law
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On March 30, 2021 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent a letter to the California Assembly Committee on Appropriations opposing Assembly Bill (AB) 122.  This legislation would allow bicyclists to proceed through an intersection controlled by a stop sign without stopping if no vehicle is in the intersection or constitutes an immediate hazard to the cyclists while they are in the intersection.

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Letter to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for Hearing on “The Administration’s Priorities for Transportation Infrastructure”
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Advocates lauds the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for advancing numerous safety improvements in the Moving Forward Act as well as those Members who introduced stand-alone traffic safety bills last session. We urge the Committee to once again take action on the overdue and needed safety solutions as well as additional upgrades to accomplish our shared goal of preventing motor vehicle crash deaths and injuries and achieving safety equity for all.

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Letter to Senate Commerce Committee for Hearing on Rebuilding Transportation Infrastructure
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) urges you to prioritize the safety of all road users as you consider policies and legislation investing in infrastructure.

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Letter Urging Upgrade of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Bill, Senate Bill (SB) 15, in Wisconsin
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On March 24, 2021 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent a letter to the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Transportation and Local Government calling for changes to improve Senate Bill (SB) 15, which would lower the age of entry into the state’s graduated driver licensing (GDL) law from 15.5 to 15 years.

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Statement on the Introduction of Legislation to Advance Impaired Driving Prevention Technology
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) applauds Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-MI, 12th), Kathleen Rice (D-NY, 4th) and David McKinley (R-WV, 1st) for their leadership to significantly and substantially reduce the avoidable toll of deaths and injuries caused by drunk driving on our nation’s roadways.  Today, they introduced The Honoring Abbas Family Legacy to Terminate Drunk Driving Act (HALT Drunk Driving Act), based on language in the Moving Forward Act (116th Congress, H.R. 2) which was passed with bipartisan support by the U.S. House of Representatives in July 2020.  The bill requires the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue a rule five years after enactment compelling new passenger motor vehicles to be equipped with advanced drunk driving prevention technology.

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Letter in Support of Senate Bill (SB) 20 to Upgrade North Carolina’s Distracted Driving Law
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On March 22, 2021 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent a letter in support of Senate Bill (SB) 20 to the North Carolina Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.  The legislation would improve safety on North Carolina roads by broadening the current prohibition on drivers from using wireless communication devices to read, write or send text messages while operating a motor vehicle to include distracting viewing of non-navigational content and manual use. 

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Letter Supporting House Bill (HB) 251 to Strengthen New Hampshire’s Child Occupant Protection Statute
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On March 17, 2021 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent a letter to the leadership of the New Hampshire House of Representatives in support of House Bill (HB) 251,  which would strengthen New Hampshire’s child occupant protection statute. This measure requires that children remain rear facing in a child safety seat until age two or older.

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Joint Letter Supporting Senate Bill (SB) 2121 to Upgrade North Dakota’s Seat Belt Law to Primary Enforcement for All Occupants
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On March 17, 2021 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent a joint letter to the North Dakota House Transportation Committee in support of Senate Bill (SB) 2121 which would upgrade North Dakota’s seat belt law to primary enforcement for all occupants.  The letter was co-signed by Advocates, the North Dakota Public Health Association, the North Dakota Emergency Nurses Association, and KidsandCars.org.

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Action Alert: Support Senate Bill (SB) 2121 to Upgrade North Dakota’s Seat Belt Law
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SB 2121 upgrades North Dakota’s seat belt law to primary enforcement for all occupants.  Current law only requires seat belt use by adults in the front seat and is secondary enforcement.  Last session, which was in 2019, a similar bill passed the Senate but failed in the House.  SB 2121 passed the Senate (28 Y, 18N) on January 20, 2021.  The bill is now scheduled for a hearing in the House Transportation Committee on March 18.

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Letter Supporting House File (HF) 392 to Curb Distracted Driving in Iowa
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The legislation would improve safety on Iowa roads by broadening the current prohibition on drivers from using wireless communication devices to read, write or send text messages while operating a motor vehicle to include distracting viewing of non-navigational content whether accomplished handheld or hands-free and restrict manual use.

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Action alert: Support Senate Bill (SB) 754 in Hawaii to lower the limit of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) while driving to .05%
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Support Senate Bill (SB) 754 in Hawaii.  Lowering the limit of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) while driving to .05% will deter drunk driving and save lives on Hawaii roads.

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Statement on New Motor Vehicle Crash Fatality Figures
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The preliminary 2020 motor vehicle crash fatality figures released today by the National Safety Council (NSC) confirm what has been widely reported throughout the country – despite people driving less frequently, more are being killed on our roadways.  It is tragic that we have proven “vaccines” that could be significantly bringing down these numbers but they are not being implemented. 

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Statement on 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure
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Today, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, issuing a grade of “D” for U.S. roads and “C” for bridges.  Since its last report in 2017, the grade for roads has remained at a dismal “D,” and the grade for bridges holds the disappointing distinction of being the only category in which the grade dropped (from a C+).  This is not a “refrigerator-worthy” report card.  It is time for our nation’s leaders to “hit the books” and advance proven solutions to upgrade our infrastructure which will also result in improving safety for all road users.

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Letters Supporting Assembly Bill (A) 855 and Senate Bill (SB) 1602 to Curb Distracted Driving in New Jersey
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These bills will improve safety on New Jersey roads by prohibiting device use while stopped in traffic (S. 1602) and by broadening the current prohibition on drivers’ use of wireless communication devices while operating a motor vehicle to include viewing non-navigational video and content (A. 855).

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Honolulu Star-Advertiser Letter to the Editor: Lowering BAC about driving, not drinking
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We urge Hawaii to join Utah and more than 90 countries with .05% BAC or lower limits to deter drunken driving. Not every vote the Legislature takes this session will save lives, but this one clearly would.

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Letter Opposing Senate Bill (SB) 331 to Raise Speed Limits on West Virginia Highways
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Speeding in West Virginia was a contributing factor in 33 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2019, a notably higher proportion than the national average of 26 percent (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)). Excess speed can contribute to both the frequency and severity of motor vehicle crashes and is especially damaging to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and bicyclists.

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Letter in Support of Georgia House Bill (HB) 439 to Require the Use of Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs) by All Convicted Drunk Drivers
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Under current law in Georgia, ignition interlocks are required for all repeat offenders for a period of 12 months; however, they are only an option for first-time offenders and first refusals in lieu of a restricted or
suspended license. Information from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) on the effectiveness of IIDs in Georgia notes that over the twelve-year period from December 1, 2006 to December 31, 2018, IIDs
prevented 35,496 attempts to drive drunk in the state including 4,339 attempts in 2018 alone. Expanding the law to include all first-time offenders would improve the effectiveness of the IID program and help prevent
drunk driving.

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Letter Opposing House Bill (HB) 628 to Raise Speed Limits on New Hampshire Roadways
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In 2020 despite a steep drop in vehicle miles traveled, 42 percent at its lowest point compared to the average in 2019, the number of traffic fatalities in New Hampshire remained consistent with 2019, indicating a spike in the traffic fatality rate. Reckless driving resulting in deadlier crashes has been identified as a cause, and the lethal combination of a rise in speeding and impaired driving and a decrease in seat belt use has been reported. Clearly, these dangerous issues need to be addressed and certainly should not be exacerbated by increasing speed limits.

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Letter for House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Hearing on Equity in Transportation Safety Enforcement
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Ensuring that all people can safely and equitably share in the transportation network is essential to our daily lives and opportunities for health care, employment, education, recreation, and others. This must be a cornerstone of our Nation’s transportation policy.

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Letter for Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing on Transportation, Equity, Climate Change, Economic Growth and Innovation
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The safety of everyone who uses our transportation system should be a cornerstone of these discussions and accomplished in complement with improving environmental concerns, advancing equity, and promoting growth and innovation.

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Joint Statement Opposing Senate Bill (SB) 712 to Repeal Maryland’s All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law
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On February 19, 2021 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), the Maryland Emergency Nurses Association and the Partnership for a Safer Maryland submitted a statement opposing Senate Bill (SB) 712, which would repeal Maryland’s all-rider motorcycle helmet law.  The statement was submitted for the record to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in advance of a February 23, 2021 hearing.

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Letter Opposing Senate Bill (SB) 69 to Weaken North Carolina’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Law
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The learner period is the safest time for novice drivers, supervised by a licensed adult, while they gain skills and confidence to drive independently and responsibly. This is also the stage in which the
supervising adult has an opportunity to help instill lifetime safe driving behaviors. Unfortunately, SB 69 seeks to reduce the critical learner’s period from 12 to just six months.

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Action Alert: Oppose Senate Bill (SB) 712 to Repeal Maryland’s All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law
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The effort to repeal Maryland’s all-rider helmet law has been consistently considered in the Maryland General Assembly over the past several sessions. This year, the bill (SB 712) has 10 sponsors, including three members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (SJPC).  The SJPC is holding a hearing to consider SB 712 on Tuesday, February 23, at 1:00 p.m.  Several stakeholders have provided testimony in opposition including public health and safety groups, medical professionals, families of crash victims, researchers, and motorcyclists.  Following the SJPC hearing, a vote will be scheduled to take place during a committee voting session. 

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Letter in Support of House Bill (HB) 74 to Upgrade Ohio’s Distracted Driving Law
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This legislation will improve safety on Ohio roads by upgrading the state’s distracted driving law to primary enforcement, curbing distracting viewing behind the wheel, and adding a ban on handheld mobile device use. Current state law is secondary enforcement which significantly hinders police efforts as they are required to first observe an additional violation before stopping the driver for texting while driving. Considering the prevalence of distracted driving crashes, this legislation is critical and timely.

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Cleveland Plain Dealer Letter to the Editor: Deadly trends on Ohio roads show why Gov. DeWine’s distracted-driving plan is needed
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Drivers should not take a Zoom meeting, watch videos or use apps while driving. All would be prohibited under the governor’s plan. I urge the Ohio General Assembly to advance DeWine’s proposal, which is supported by a strong coalition of stakeholders. Let’s work together to ensure Ohio’s roads are safer for all.

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Letters Supporting Efforts in South Carolina to Enact an All-Offender Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Law
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) supports House Bill (HB) 3008/Senate Bill (SB) 28 to require the use of ignition interlock devices (IIDs) by all convicted drunk drivers, including first time offenders. We urge you to advance this measure and join the 34 states and Washington, DC that have made their streets and highways safer by enacting an all-offender IID law.

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The Hill Op-Ed: The safe and equitable road forward on autonomous vehicles starts with proven technologies to save lives
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Over the last couple of years, numerous experts and stakeholders have collaborated to develop the AV Tenets which prioritize the safety of all road users, guarantee accessibility and equity, preserve consumer and worker rights, and ensure local control and sustainable transportation. These positions, which are supported by 60 organizations representing public health and safety, labor, people with disabilities, bicyclists and pedestrians, law enforcement, equity, smart growth, and others, should be used as a basis for future policy.

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Lincoln Journal-Star Letter to the Editor: Motorcycle helmet law saving lives
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The Nebraska Legislature will once again consider repealing the all-rider motorcycle helmet law, which has been saving lives and preventing catastrophic injuries for more than 30 years.  If advanced, LB581 would severely, if not completely, nullify current protections by reducing compliance to only minors. 

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Letter Opposing Legislative Bill (LB) 271 to Weaken Nebraska’s All-Offender Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Law
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LB 271 would weaken the IID law by allowing participation in a 24/7 sobriety program and use of a 24/7 sobriety program driving permit as an alternative to the IID requirement. This change would not prevent an offender from getting behind the wheel and driving drunk, which the IID technology requirement does, and therefore fails to safeguard the offender and all other road users.

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Letters in Support of Legislation to Lower the Limit of Alcohol-Impaired Driving to .05 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in Hawaii
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On February 11, 2021, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety sent three letters to the Hawaii State Legislature in support of Senate Bill (SB) 634, SB 754 and House Bill (HB) 651., which would lower the limit of alcohol-impaired driving to .05 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

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Joint Letter in Support of Legislation to Lower the Limit of Alcohol-Impaired Driving to .05 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in Hawaii
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On February 11, 2021, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety sent a letter to the Hawaii House Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs Members in support of House Bill (HB) 651., which would lower the limit of alcohol-impaired driving to .05 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

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Letter in Support of Senate Bill (SB) 380 to strengthen Florida’s Child Occupant Protection Statute
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On February 10, 2021, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) and KidsAndCars.org sent a letter to the Florida Senate Committee on Transportation in support of Senate bill (SB) 380.  This measure requires children to remain in a booster seat until at least age six.  The letter also urged the Committee to further upgrade the law by extending the age requirement in the bill to eight and adding a height requirement of 57 inches before permitting a child to transition to the use of a seat belt in a rear seat. 

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Letter to the North Dakota House of Representatives on Senate Bill (SB) 2121: Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Legislation
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The North Dakota Public Health Association, North Dakota Emergency Nurses Association, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), and KidsAndCars.org support passage of Senate Bill (SB) 2121, legislation that will upgrade North Dakota’s seat belt law to primary enforcement for all occupants.

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Letter in Support of House Bill (HB) 90 to Upgrade Alabama’s Distracted Driving Law
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On February 5, 2021 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent a letter to the Alabama Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security in support of House Bill (HB) 90.  The legislation would improve safety on Alabama roads by broadening the current prohibition on drivers from using wireless communication devices to read, write or send text messages while operating a motor vehicle to include distracting viewing of non-navigational content and manual use.

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Letter in Support of House Bill (HB) 23 to Strengthen Wyoming’s Child Occupant Protection Statute
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This measure requires that children remain rear facing in a child safety seat until age two or older. Children should remain in appropriate safety seats as long as possible, until they have aged out and outgrown the seat specifications.

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Joint Statement Opposing Legislative Bill (LB) 581 to Repeal Nebraska’s All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law
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Our organizations urge you to oppose legislative bill (LB) 581 to repeal Nebraska’s all-rider motorcycle helmet law. For 32 years this critical law has been preventing deaths and injuries and saving taxpayer dollars in Nebraska. To repeal the all-rider helmet law would be a deadly and costly mistake.

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Statement: New Crash Tests Reveal Deadly Consequences of Higher Speeds and Make the Case for Advancing Proven Safeguards
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New crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and Humanetics show that modest five to ten miles-per-hour (mph) increases in speed can have a severe impact on a driver’s risk of injury or even death.  The findings underscore the need to curb speed escalation, expand the use of road safety technologies such as automated speed enforcement (ASE), and require proven vehicle safety technology in all new vehicles.  The new study and focus on speed are especially timely following a year when many motorists turned emptier roads into risky racetracks and the traffic fatality rate increased greatly due in part to an uptick in speeding.

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Statement in Support of Wyoming Senate File (SF) 11: Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Legislation
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that needless deaths and injuries resulting from non-use of seat belts cost society more than $10 billion annually in medical care, lost productivity, and other injury related costs based on 2010 data. When adjusted for inflation, this amounts to over $12 billion per year.

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Letter in Support of Assembly Bill (A) 1354/Senate Bill (S) 1963 to Upgrade New Jersey’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Law
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This legislation would improve the current graduated driver licensing (GDL) law for novice drivers by requiring supervised driving hours and extending the examination and special learner’s permit holding period for novice teen and young adult drivers.

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Letter to Wyoming Joint Committee on Transportation and Highways on Senate File (SF) 11: Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Legislation
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As representatives of leading public health and safety organizations, we support passage of Senate File (SF) 11, legislation that will upgrade Wyoming’s seat belt law to primary enforcement for all occupants. A comprehensive seat belt law is vital to overcome the public health epidemic of traffic fatalities and injuries and to ensure the health and safety of Wyoming families and visitors who travel on state roads.

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Statement on Proposed Truck Driver Sleeper Berth Pilot Program
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) opposes a new pilot program announced today that would further erode minimum protections to curb the well-known public safety threat of truck driver fatigue.  This proposal by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), announced just days before the start of a new administration, would threaten public safety at a time when truck crashes claim far too many lives and cause lifelong debilitating injuries.

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Statement on Autonomous Vehicles Rule
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Today’s action by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is the culmination of a preoccupation with kowtowing to the auto industry’s priority of removing so-called regulatory barriers in order to facilitate the introduction of autonomous vehicles (AVs). While we expected nothing less, this misdirection should not go unnoticed or overlooked.

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Letter Opposing Bill to Weaken Iowa’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Law – House Study Bill (HSB) 4
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On January 14, 2021, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent a letter to the Iowa House Agriculture Committee in opposition to House Study Bill (HSB) 4.  The legislation would 
would expand an exemption to the state’s graduated driver licensing (GDL) law for a special minor’s driver’s license to permit 14.5-year-old novice drivers to drive unsupervised up to 50 miles between destinations if they live or work on a farm and would remove a restriction preventing applicants who live within one mile of their school from qualifying.

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Letter to the North Dakota Senate Transportation Committee on Senate Bill (SB) 2121: Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Legislation
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) and KidsAndCars.org support passage of Senate Bill (SB) 2121, legislation that will upgrade North Dakota’s seat belt law to primary enforcement for all occupants. A comprehensive seat belt law is vital to overcome the public health epidemic of traffic fatalities and injuries and to ensure the health and safety of North Dakota families and visitors who travel on state roads.

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Statement on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) AV TEST Initiative Announcement
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Less than two weeks before the Biden-Harris Administration takes office, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) took one more opportunity today to tout a voluntary, and essentially useless, program that purports to provide meaningful information on autonomous vehicle (AV) testing, but in fact does nothing of the kind.

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PRESS RELEASE: Following Deadlier Than Expected 2020, New Highway Safety Report Provides Solutions State Legislatures Can Take Action on as 2021 Sessions Kick Off
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In 2020, impaired and distracted driving increased, and seat belt use decreased, contributing to a higher overall fatality rate in the first half of the year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and news reports from around the country.  In the Report, Advocates urges states to “Change this Picture in 2021,” by enacting 16 recommended optimal highway safety laws.

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Statement: Two-Year Anniversary of a Horrific Drunk Driving Tragedy Marked by Re-Commitment by Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI, 12th) to Take Action
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On the two-year anniversary of the deadly impaired driving crash that killed Rima and Issam Abbas and their three children, family members and friends joined Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI, 12th) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to recommit to advancing proven drunk driving prevention technology in all new cars.

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Letter to the Editor: Utah sets an example for keeping our roads safe
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We couldn’t agree more with the December 29th editorial, “Utah’s 0.05% DUI law turns 2, and it’s time other states follow suit.”  The shameful scare tactics of certain members of the alcohol and hospitality industry about the gloom and doom this law would foist upon tourism unsurprisingly have rung hollow.

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MEDIA ALERT: Report Card to Rate 50 States and DC on Passage of Essential Traffic Safety Laws
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Advocates will call on state lawmakers to use this new report as a roadmap during their 2021 legislative sessions to pass proven, effective laws that will reverse this trajectory and reduce the more than 36,600 deaths and 2.7 million injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes annually.

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Statement on Release of 2019 Motor Vehicle Crash Data
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While today’s report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates a slight two percent decrease in motor vehicle crash fatalities during 2019, 36,096 people were killed and an additional 2.74 million people were injured on our Nation’s roadways.  This is completely unacceptable – especially considering proven safety technologies are available and lifesaving laws could be enacted in all states.

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National Impaired Driving Prevention Month Statement
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While the winter holidays certainly will be different this year because of COVID-19, an unfortunate constant is a predictable increase in preventable motor vehicle crashes. This National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) is calling for swift action to advance proven technological and legislative solutions.

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Statement on House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee Staff Report on Booster Seat Safety
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 (C) Statement of Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, On New Booster Seat Safety Report   Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates)…

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Letter to Senate Commerce Subcommittee Hearing on “The Logistics of Transporting a COVID-19 Vaccine”
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While our Nation continues to suffer the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic, we are grateful for your attention to this vital part of the relief effort.  As leaders of organizations with public health and safety missions, we appreciate the goal of ensuring that vaccines expeditiously reach the public.  It is also imperative that safety on our roads remains a key priority.  The objectives of transporting vaccines efficiently and safely must not be mutually exclusive.

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Press Release: Comprehensive Approach to People-First Autonomous Vehicle Policy Supported by Coalition of More Than 55 Groups
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Autonomous Vehicle Tenets prioritize safety, accessibility, protection of all road users, local control, consumer & workforce rights, and sustainability

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Speaker Contact List: Autonomous Vehicle Tenets Release Briefing
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Autonomous Vehicle Tenets prioritize safety, accessibility, protection of all road users, local control, consumer & workforce rights, and sustainability

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Media Alert: Diverse Coalition of Stakeholders to Outline a Path Forward on Autonomous Vehicle Legislation that Puts People First
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Autonomous Vehicle Tenets prioritize safety, accessibility, protection of all road users, local control, consumer & workforce rights, and sustainability

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Statement on Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Study on Partial Automation and Driver Disengagement
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A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) finds that drivers tend to disengage more frequently from the driving task as they develop trust in partial automation systems like adaptive cruise control (ACC) and lane centering assist (LCA).

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Statement on on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Request for Information on Technology to Prevent Impaired Driving
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Lifesaving limit has reduced drunk driving crashes and saved tens of thousands of lives. New countermeasures must be employed to continue to address this persistent public safety threat.

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Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the .08 Percent Blood Alcohol Concentration Law
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Lifesaving limit has reduced drunk driving crashes and saved tens of thousands of lives. New countermeasures must be employed to continue to address this persistent public safety threat.

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Statement on Upcoming October Events — Teen Driver Safety Week and Halloween
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“Scary” times for teen novice drivers and trick-or-treaters can be alleviated with proven safety countermeasures and advanced vehicle safety technology.

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Statement on Distracted Driving Awareness Month
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This Distracted Driving Awareness Month, education and awareness campaigns aimed at keeping drivers’ eyes on the road and their minds focused on driving are in full swing. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) supports these efforts, but they must be combined with proven countermeasures to curtail this deadly scourge on our roadways.

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Statement on 2019 and 2020 Motor Vehicle Crash Fatalities
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Decreases in fatalities caused by motor vehicle crashes on our roadways are a step in the right direction, but we are crawling instead of sprinting toward significant reductions when proven solutions are available.

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Statement on NTSB Meeting on October 6, 2018 Limousine Crash in Schoharie, New York
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Today’s National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) meeting on the October 6, 2018 limousine crash in Schoharie, NY reveals failures on multiple levels that led to one of the deadliest transportation crashes our nation has ever experienced.

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Letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao on National Pedestrian Safety Month
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In advance of “National Pedestrian Safety Month,” Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety today sent a letter, co-signed by 12 other groups, to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

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Letter in Support of Legislation to Prevent Drunk Driving
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Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety Distribute Letter from Major Property-Casualty Insurance Companies and Trade Organizations in Support of the RIDE Act (S. 2604) to Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee MADD National President…

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Statement in Opposition to the SELF DRIVE Act
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Today, Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) re-introduced the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution (SELF DRIVE) Act, legislation on driverless cars, or autonomous vehicles (AVs), that would perpetuate a dangerous hands-off approach to hands-free driving, while also restricting states’ abilities to protect their road users from this unproven technology.

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Statement on Child Passenger Safety Week
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Over the last few months, numerous reports from across the country have made it clear that our roadways have turned into risky raceways with motorists driving recklessly at excessively high speeds, while distracted or when impaired. This trend endangers all road users, especially children. During Child Passenger Safety Week (September 20-26), we urge all parents and caregivers to make certain children are best protected while on the road.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch Letter to Editor by Cathy Chase: Action Needed to Reduce Aggressive Driving
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As a Virginia resident and mother of a teenager whom I’m trying to teach how to drive safely, I greatly appreciated Opinions Editor Pamela Stallsmith’s recent editorial, “Driving during COVID-19: What’s the rush?” calling on drivers to slow down on our state’s roadways. I have witnessed firsthand the reckless driving that has become more common since the start of the pandemic.

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Statement: Truck Driver Hours of Service Rule Challenged in Federal Court by Coalition of Driver and Safety Groups
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In June, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced drastic changes to federal truck driver hours of service (HOS) rules. Under the guise of increased flexibility, the changes will further exacerbate the already well-known threat of fatigue among commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers by significantly weakening current HOS rules. As such, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Parents Against Tired Truckers (PATT) and Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH) have filed a petition today with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seeking to invalidate this flawed rule. The parties are represented by Public Citizen Litigation Group.

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Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970 with the mission of reducing the number of deaths, injuries, and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes.  While a series of “pat on the back” online discussions this week will focus on progress made over the last 50 years, in reality this agency is failing to meet the moment.  Just today, the National Safety Council released statistics for the first half of 2020 showing fatality rates on our roadways are estimated to have increased 20 percent.  Clearly more can and must be done to address this disturbing and distressing uptick.

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Statement on New Research Demonstrating Proven Benefits of Crash Avoidance Technology in Large Trucks
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As we approach Labor Day, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) encourages everyone to think about the origin of the holiday which was created more than a century ago to celebrate the contributions of workers in the U.S., including those whose workplace is behind the wheel and on our roads.  Truck drivers, transit workers, passenger vehicle drivers, first responders, road maintenance and construction workers, and other essential employees all have jobs that require navigating roadways which have seen marked increases in speeding and reckless driving since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  They deserve the safest possible work environment, a goal which can be achieved in part through ensuring widespread use of proven vehicle safety technology and employing reliable countermeasures that reduce dangerous driving behavior.

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Statement: Protecting Workers on Our Roads Honors the Spirit of Labor Day
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As we approach Labor Day, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) encourages everyone to think about the origin of the holiday which was created more than a century ago to celebrate the contributions of workers in the U.S., including those whose workplace is behind the wheel and on our roads.  Truck drivers, transit workers, passenger vehicle drivers, first responders, road maintenance and construction workers, and other essential employees all have jobs that require navigating roadways which have seen marked increases in speeding and reckless driving since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  They deserve the safest possible work environment, a goal which can be achieved in part through ensuring widespread use of proven vehicle safety technology and employing reliable countermeasures that reduce dangerous driving behavior.

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Statement Commending New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) on Signing Lifesaving Seat Belt Upgrade
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) applauds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) for signing Senate Bill (S.) 4336 / Assembly Bill (A.) 6163 into law to save lives by closing a gap in the state’s seat belt law and requiring all occupants to buckle up.

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Joint Statement Urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo To Sign Lifesaving Seat Belt Upgrade Into Law
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 (C)   Joint Statement Urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo To Sign Lifesaving Seat Belt Upgrade Into Law S. 4336/A. 6163 will save lives, reduce injuries and…

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MEDIA ALERT: International Virtual Press Event on How Technology Can Stop Hot Car Deaths
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MEDIA ALERT: VIRTUAL INTERNATIONAL PRESS CONFERENCE & CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST   Contacts: Janette Fennell, President and Founder, KidsAndCars.org, Janette@KidsAndCars.org / 415-336-9279 (C) Amber Rollins, Director, KidsAndCars.org, Amber@KidsAndCars.org / 913-205-6973 (C) Tech Companies Demonstrate Vehicle…

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Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis (D-GA-5th)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 (C)   Statement of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis (D-GA-5th) Civil Rights Icon…

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Statement on on Enactment of H.B. 1963, Repealing Missouri’s All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 (C)   Statement of Cathy Chase, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, on Enactment of H.B. 1963, Repealing Missouri’s All-Rider…

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Public Health and Safety Advocates Call on Governor Mike Parson to Veto H.B. 1963 – Retain Missouri’s All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 9, 2020 CONTACTS: Advocates: Tara Gill / tgill@saferoads.org / 202.615.2629 MO ENA: Heath Jennings / k.heathjennings@yahoo.com / 417.593.3874 MO FACS Committee on Trauma: Chris Johnson / cjohnson@facs.org / 202.440.2560 MO Insurance Coalition: Brandon Koch / brandon@moinsurancecoalition.com…

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Statement on Avoiding Driving Dangers Over the Independence Day Holiday & Keeping Families Safe
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 2, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 or Allison Kennedy / akennedy@saferoads.org / 360-281-7033   Statement of Cathy Chase, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Avoid Driving Dangers Over the Independence Day Holiday…

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Statement on the Passage of the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2) by the U.S. House of Representatives
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 (C) / Allison Kennedy, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety / akennedy@saferoads.org / 360-281-7033   Statement of Cathy…

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Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2) Passed by U.S. House of Representatives
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The Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2) was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, July 1, 2020:

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The Hill Op-Ed by Cathy Chase, Joan Claybrook, Jason Levine, and William Wallace: Auto Safety At the foundation of the House infrastructure bill
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The following op-ed was originally published by The Hill on Tuesday, June 30, 2020: Auto Safety: At the foundation of the House infrastructure bill BY CATHY CHASE, JOAN CLAYBROOK, JASON LEVINE AND WILLIAM WALLACE, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY…

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ALERT: OPPOSE AMENDMENT 21 (Part H, #2) TO H.R. 2 ALLOWING SPECIAL INTEREST EXEMPTION TO FEDERAL TRUCK SIZE & WEIGHT LAWS ON CONNECTICUT’S INTERSTATES
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URGENT – OPPOSE AMENDMENT 21 (Part H, #2) TO H.R. 2 ALLOWING SPECIAL INTEREST EXEMPTION TO FEDERAL TRUCK SIZE & WEIGHT LAWS ON CONNECTICUT’S INTERSTATES Amendment Opposed by: Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Center for Auto Safety, Citizens for…

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Letter to Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety Regarding the Hearing: “Safety on Our Roads: Overview of Traffic Safety and NHTSA Grant Programs” 
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On June 30, 2020 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation regarding the hearing titled: “Safety on Our Roads: Overview of Traffic…

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Vote Scorecard for Amendments to the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2), Rules Committee, June 29, 2020
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To read the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) vote scorecard for proposed amendments to the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2) during the June 29, 2020 U.S. House Committee on Rules hearing, CLICK HERE.

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Group Letter in Support of Safety Provisions in H.R. 2
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June 29, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House The Honorable Kevin McCarthy, Minority Leader United States House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy: As a diverse coalition of groups representing vehicle safety,…

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Notable Quotes from June 23, 2020 Press Teleconference Urging Passage of the Motor Vehicle Safety Title as Part of the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 23, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 (C)   Notable Quotes from June 23, 2020 Press Teleconference Urging Passage of the Motor Vehicle Safety Title as Part of…

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MEDIA ALERT: Members of Congress, Safety and Consumer Advocates, and Family Members who Have Lost Loved Ones to Call for Passage of Lifesaving Motor Vehicle Safety Title in Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2)
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  MEDIA ALERT: PRESS TELECONFERENCE Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. EST   CONTACT: Pete Daniels, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 (C)   Members of Congress, Safety and Consumer Advocates, and Family Members who Have…

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Joint Statement on the Motor Vehicle Safety Title
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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 22, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 (C)   Joint Statement: The Motor Vehicle Safety Title Advances Important Technology and Programs that will Save Lives, Reduce Injuries…

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Joint Statement: Public Health and Safety Groups Call on Governor Roy Cooper to Retain North Carolina’s Driver License Road Test Requirement and Veto House Bill 158
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 (C) Joint Statement: Public Health and Safety Groups Call on Governor Roy Cooper to Retain North Carolina’s Driver License Road Test Requirement and Veto House Bill 158…

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Statement on Advancement of the INVEST in America Act
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 18, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 (C) Statement of Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), On Advancement of the INVEST in America Act   The House of Representatives Committee on…

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Statement on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s AV TEST Initiative
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 (C) Statement of Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), On National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) AV TEST Initiative   Agency rolls out…

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Winston-Salem Journal Op-Ed: Pump the brakes! Don’t eliminate the driver license road test… update it
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The Winston-Salem Journal first published the following joint op-ed on June 12, 2020: Pump the brakes! Don’t eliminate the driver license road test… update it By Cathy Chase and Dr. Flaura Koplin Winston Guest columnists Jun 12, 2020 COVID-19 resulted…

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Joint Statement on INVEST in America Act
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 (C) Joint Statement: “INVEST in America Act” Advances Crucial Safety Improvements That Will Reduce the Carnage on U.S. Roadways   U.S. House…

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Statement Submitted to Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on Transportation, Infrastructure and the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety submitted a statement to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.  The statement was submitted as part of the record for a hearing titled:…

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The Hill Op-Ed: Congress must proceed with caution on driverless cars bill
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The Hill newspaper first published the following joint op-ed on May 29, 2020: Congress must proceed with caution on driverless cars bill By Cathy Chase and Missy Cummings, Opinion Contributor – 5/29/20 The May 20 article, “Action on driverless cars…

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Joint Statement on Changes to Commercial Truck Safety Regulations
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 (C)   Truck Driver Hours of Service Rule Changes Issued by Transportation Department Will Endanger All Roadway Users Announcement comes just…

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From the Washington Post: “The coronavirus pandemic emptied America’s roadways. Now speeders have taken over,” with quote from Advocates’ President Cathy Chase
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The Washington Post published a story on May 11, 2020 titled, “The coronavirus pandemic emptied America’s roadways. Now speeders have taken over.”  The article features remarks by Advocates President Cathy Chase.  Read the original article by CLICKING HERE.

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Joint Statement in Honor of National Police Week, May 10-16, 2020
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 (C) Joint Statement in Honor of National Police Week, May 10-16, 2020   Cathy Chase, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates): “In honor of National…

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Opposing Effort to Repeal Missouri’s All-Rider Helmet Law
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The Missouri Times published the following joint op-ed on May 7, 2020: Opposing Missouri Motorcycle Helmet Repeal   The Missouri Legislature is once again considering a repeal of the state’s all-rider motorcycle helmet law.  Proponents of this imprudent action have…

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Statement on Estimated 2019 Motor Vehicle Crash Fatalities
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 (C)   Statement of Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, On Estimated 2019 Motor Vehicle Crash Fatalities An estimated 36,120 people killed in 2019…

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Without regulation, self-driving cars could be a hazard
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The Washington Post published the following joint Letter to the Editor on May 3, 2020: Without regulation, self-driving cars could be a hazard   The April 19 Commuter article “Self-driving cars will exacerbate traffic jams if region fails to act, study says”…

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Group Letter Opposing Autonomous Vehicles Legislation as Part of COVID-19 Response
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April 15, 2020 The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader The Honorable Charles Schumer, Minority Leader United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510   The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House The Honorable Kevin McCarthy, Minority Leader United States House of…

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Joint Statement: U.S. Department of Transportation Enables Carmakers to Bypass Safety Rules, Weakens the Public’s Ability to Hold Them Accountable
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 8, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 (C)   U.S. Department of Transportation Enables Carmakers to Bypass Safety Rules, Weakens the Public’s Ability to Hold Them Accountable Coalition of auto safety and consumer advocates…

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Advocates Discusses Ways to Improve Safety for Bicyclists and Pedestrians During League of American Bicyclists Panel
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) President Cathy Chase participated in an online panel discussion, “Give Bicyclists a Brake – the Role of Vehicles in #VisionZero,” hosted by the League of American Bicyclists as part of their annual National…

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Statement on the House Democrats’ Plan for Infrastructure Investments to Overcome COVID-19 & Support Economic Recovery
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 (C)   Statement of Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), On the House Democrats’ Plan for Infrastructure Investments to Overcome COVID-19 & Support…

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Statement On Latest Expert Crash Investigation Reports Calling for Meaningful Regulation of Partially Autonomous Cars
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 (C)   Statement of Cathy Chase, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety On Latest Expert Crash Investigation Reports Calling for Meaningful Regulation of Partially Autonomous Cars   Congress…

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Statement On the Misguided and Mistaken Action of the U.S. Department of Transportation on Autonomous Vehicles
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 (C)   Statement of Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, On the Misguided and Mistaken Action of the U.S. Department of Transportation on Autonomous…

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West Hawaii Today Op-Ed on .05 Percent Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Law
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My Turn: People should not drive while impaired West Hawaii Today, March 14, 2020   By Cathy Chase, President Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety Honorable T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, Former Vice Chair National Transportation Safety Board Co-founder, .05 Saves Lives…

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Statement on New Expert White Paper Revealing Inconsistencies and Dangerous Safety Gaps in Development of Partially Autonomous Vehicle Technology
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 202-408-1711 / 301-442-2249 (C)   Statement of Cathy Chase, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety On New Expert White Paper Revealing Inconsistencies and Dangerous Safety Gaps in…

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Statement on New York State Legislature Passing Seat Belt Bill. Provides Governor Andrew Cuomo a Ready Opportunity to Add to the State’s Safety Legacy.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2020  CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 202-408-1711 / 301-442-2249 (C) Statement of Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, on New York State Legislature Passing Seat Belt Bill Provides Governor Andrew Cuomo…

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URGENT ACTION NEEDED ON A. 6163 & S. 4336: Extending New York’s Seat Belt Law to Include a Rear Seat Belt Requirement
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ACTION ALERT: NY SEAT BELT BILLS (A. 6163 and S. 4336)   Please weigh in and/or ask your local groups and counsels to weigh in to advance bills to ensure all occupants buckle up by adding a rear seat belt…

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Statement on National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Recommendations Regarding Partially Autonomous Vehicles
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 25, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 202-408-1711 / 301-442-2249 (C)   Nation’s Top Crash Investigators Confirm the Need for Swift Action to Prevent Future Crashes, Injuries and Deaths Linked to Partially Autonomous Vehicles…

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Statement on Autonomous Vehicle Safety Submitted to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce
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Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce on Tuesday, February 10, 2020.  The hearing was titled “Autonomous Vehicles: Promises and Challenges of Evolving Automotive…

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Press Release on New Opinion Poll on Autonomous Vehicles (AVs)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 10, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 202-408-1711 / 301-442-2249 (C) New Opinion Poll Finds Overwhelming Majorities Are Concerned About Driverless Car Safety And Want Commonsense Safeguards The results of a new opinion poll released today…

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Statement on Commercial Truck Safety Submitted to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Transportation & Safety
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Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, submitted testimony for a February 4, 2020 hearing titled, “Keep on Truckin’: Stakeholder Perspectives on Trucking in America.”  Read the full statement by CLICKING HERE.

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Statement on the Release of House Democrats’ Infrastructure Plan
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 202-408-1711 / 301-442-2249 (C) Statement of Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), On the Release of House Democrats’ Infrastructure Plan   With today’s…

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Press Release: 2020 Roadmap of Highway Safety Laws
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 23, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels / 202-408-1141 (O) / 301-442-2249 (C) / pdaniels@saferoads.org   Annual Report Finds Most States Lack Crucial Highway Safety Laws    Time for Action by State Legislatures as 2020 Sessions Commence  …

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Media Alert: 2020 Roadmap of Highway Safety Laws
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MEDIA ALERT: News Conference and Webcast NEW DATE: Thursday, January 23 11am EST CONTACTS:  Pete Daniels, 202-408-1141 (O), 301-442-2249 (C), pdaniels@saferoads.org Bill Bronrott, 202-270-4415, bronrott@gmail.com   New Report to Reveal “Best and Worst” States, Rate 50 States and DC on Highway…

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Invitation to Capitol Hill Briefing on Autonomous Vehicles
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A group of stakeholders including Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) will hold a briefing on automated vehicles on Monday, January 13 at 10:00am EST on Capitol Hill, Russell Senate Office Building, Room 385.  Read the briefing invitation by…

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Statement on U.S. DOT’s 4.0 Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Policy
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 202-408-1711 / 301-442-2249 (C)   Statement of Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, On U.S. DOT’s 4.0 Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Policy   Despite the…

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Media Alert: Capitol Hill Briefing on Autonomous Vehicle Safety
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CONTACT: Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety:  Pete Daniels / 202-408-1711 / 301-442-2249 (C) / pdaniels@saferoads.org The Center for Auto Safety: Jason Levine / 202-328-7700 / contact@autosafety.org Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund: Carol Tyson / 202-878-9186 / ctyson@dredf.org League…

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Statement on U.S. Department of Transportation Rulemaking Changes
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CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 202-408-1711 / 301-442-2249 (C) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 6, 2019   Statement of Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, On U.S. Department of Transportation Rulemaking Changes Overdue safety rules will…

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Letter to Gov. Charlie Baker (R-MA) Urging Signing of Distracted Driving Bill
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On Friday, November 22, 2019, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety sent THIS LETTER to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker urging him to sign House Bill (H.) 4203 into law.  The legislation will improve safety on Massachusetts roads by broadening the…

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Statement for November 20, 2019 Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on Automated Vehicles
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) submitted a written statement to the Senate Commerce Committee to be included in the record of a hearing titled “Highly Automated Vehicles: Federal Perspectives on the Deployment of Safety Technology.”  You can read…

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MEDIA AVAILABILITY FOLLOWING HILL BRIEFING ON DRUG-IMPAIRED DRIVING
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CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 202-408-1711 / 301-442-2249 (C)   MEDIA AVAILABILITY FOLLOWING HILL BRIEFING ON DRUG-IMPAIRED DRIVING   When:  Thursday, November 21, 2019. The briefing is scheduled to take place from 2:00-3:00 pm EST. The media availability will…

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Capitol Hill Briefing on Drug-Impaired Driving
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On Thursday, November 21, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) will host an expert panel discussion on the subject of drug-impaired driving: What we know, what we don’t know, what’s being done, and how to determine the scope of…

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Protecting Roadside First Responders Act
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On October 24, 2019, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) introduced the Protecting Roadside First Responders Act of 2019, which aims to reduce tragic incidents involving law enforcement officers and others being hit…

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Statement on 2018 Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes
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CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 202-408-1711 / 301-442-2249 (C)  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 23, 2019   Statement of Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, On 2018 Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes   36,560 people killed in…

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Statement on National Teen Driver Safety Week
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CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 202-408-1711 / 301-442-2249 (C) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 21, 2019   Statement of Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, On National Teen Driver Safety Week States must take action to…

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Advocates Call for Upgrading the U.S. New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)
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CONTACT: Pete Daniels / 202-408-1711 / 301-442-2249 (C) / pdaniels@saferoads.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2019 Advocates Call for Upgrading the U.S. New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) U.S. NCAP is out of date and outpaced by existing technology, and by NCAPs…

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NCAP at 40: Time to Return to Excellence
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On October 17, 2019 former National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Joan Claybrook and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety released a paper titled: “NCAP at 40: Time to Return to Excellence.”  The report recounts the history of the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) in the U.S. and includes recommendations for improving the program.

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Statement of Joan Claybrook on Legislation to Require Passive Alcohol Detection Systems
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On Wednesday October 16, 2019, Joan Claybrook, President Emeritus of Public Citizen and Board Member of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety delivered remarks at a press conference in support of the RIDE Act, a bill introduced by Sen. Tom…

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Support Letter from Leading Property/Casualty Insurance Companies and Organizations on Hot Cars Legislation
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On Monday, October 15, a group of leading property/casualty insurance companies and organizations sent THIS LETTER to congressional leaders in support of the Hot Cars Act of 2019.

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Media Alert: Upgrading the U.S. New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 7, 2019 CONTACT:   Pete Daniels, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 202-408-1711 or 301-442-2249, pdaniels@saferoads.org   MEDIA ALERT: PRESS CONFERENCE Upgrading the U.S. New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) U.S. NCAP is out of date and…

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Statement on Child Passenger Safety Week
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For Immediate Release: September 13, 2019 Contact: Pete Daniels (202) 408-1711, (301) 442-2249 (c) or pdaniels@saferoads.org   Statement of Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety Immediate Opportunities to Protect Children in Cars By Advancing Essential State &…

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Demonstration of Technology That Prevents Hot Car Deaths
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CONTACT:   Pete Daniels, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety 202-408-1711 or 301-442-2249, pdaniels@saferoads.org Janette Fennell, KidsAndCars.org, 415-336-9279, Janette@KidsAndCars.org Amber Rollins, KidsAndCars.org, 913-205-6973, amber@KidsAndCars.org   MEDIA ALERT: DEMONSTRATION OF TECHNOLOGY THAT PREVENTS HOT CAR DEATHS Wednesday, September 18, 2019  …

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Statement on Automakers’ Announcement Regarding Unenforceable, Voluntary Agreement on Rear Seat Occupant Alert Technology
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For Immediate Release: September 4, 2019 Contact: Pete Daniels (202) 408-1711, (301) 442-2249 (c) or pdaniels@saferoads.org   Statement of Cathy Chase, President,  Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, on Automakers’ Announcement Regarding Unenforceable, Voluntary Agreement on Rear Seat Occupant Alert Technology  …

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Labor Day 2019 Statement
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For Immediate Release: August 29, 2019 Contact: Pete Daniels (202) 408-1711, (301) 442-2249 (c) or pdaniels@saferoads.org   Labor Day Weekend 2019: What you need to know about highway & auto safety laws heading into a busy and dangerous holiday on our…

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Coalition Letter to Congress on Regulating Automated Vehicles
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On August 23, 2019 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) and a coalition of vehicle safety, public health, bicyclist, pedestrian, motorcyclist, transportation, smart growth, consumer, environmental, first responder, disability, advocates, and cities, sent THIS LETTER to Congress on regulating…

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Statement on Enactment of All-Offender Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Law in New Jersey
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For Immediate Release: Friday August 23, 2019 Contact: Pete Daniels (202) 408-1711, (301) 442-2249 (c) or pdaniels@saferoads.org   Statement of Cathy Chase, President,  Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, On Enactment of All-Offender Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Law In New Jersey Vital Action…

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Back to School Statement on Legislation to Improve School Bus Safety
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For Immediate Release: Thursday August 22, 2019 Contact: Pete Daniels (202) 408-1711, (301) 442-2249 (c) or pdaniels@saferoads.org   Back to School 2019: Many Children are Riding in School Buses that Lack Basic Protections Over the next few weeks, millions of…

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Statement on Proposed Changes to Commercial Truck Safety Regulations
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For Immediate Release: August 14, 2019 Contact: Pete Daniels (202) 408-1711, (301) 442-2249 (c) or pdaniels@saferoads.org   Statement of Cathy Chase, President,  Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety on Proposed Changes to Commercial Truck Safety Regulations   Latest effort to…

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Legislation Introduced to Improve School Bus Safety
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FROM THE OFFICE OF REP. STEVE COHEN (D-TN) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bartholomew Sullivan 202.225.3265 July 25, 2019 Congressman Cohen, Senator Duckworth Introduce School Bus Safety Act Implements commonsense recommendations from NTSB   WASHINGTON – As summer vacations draw to…

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Statement Following House Hearing “Legislation to Make Cars in America Safer”
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 24, 2019 Contact: Pete Daniels, 202-408-1711, 301-442-2249 (c) or pdaniels@saferoads.org   House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce Holds Important Hearing on Hot Cars Act of 2019 (H.R. 3593), PARK IT Act (H.R. 3145)…

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Statement for House Hearing “Legislation to Make Cars in America Safer”
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STATEMENT OF CATHERINE CHASE PRESIDENT, ADVOCATES FOR HIGHWAY AND AUTO SAFETY ON  “LEGISLATION TO MAKE CARS IN AMERICA SAFER” SUBMITTED TO THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON CONSUMER PROTECTION AND COMMERCE JULY 24, 2019 CLICK…

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

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MO Governor Vetoes All-Rider Helmet Repeal Bill
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 12, 2019                                          Contact: Allison Kennedy, akennedy@saferoads.org, 360-281-7033 Statement of Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, On Veto of Missouri Motorcycle Helmet Law Repeal Governor Mike Parson Vetoes All-Rider Helmet Repeal Bill —…

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Letter to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker Urging the Signing of a Bill to Expand Distracted Driving Prohibitions
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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill (SB) 86 into law on Friday August 9.  The law, which expands prohibitions on distracted driving, takes effect in January 2020.  Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent this letter to Governor…

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Letter Urging New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy to Sign Senate Bill S. 824
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July 2, 2019   The Honorable Philip D. Murphy Governor of New Jersey Office of the Governor 225 West State Street Trenton, New Jersey 08625   Dear Governor Murphy: Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), an alliance of consumer,…

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Statement on Independence Day Holiday Travel
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 2, 2019                            Contact: Pete Daniels 202-408-1711, 301-442-2249 (c) or pdaniels@saferoads.org   Statement of Cathy Chase, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety on Independence Day…

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Legislation Introduced Today to Prevent Kids from Dying in Hot Cars
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JULY 1, 2019                         Contact: Pete Daniels, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 202-408-1711 or 301-442-2249 pdaniels@saferoads.org Amber Rollins, KidsAndCars.org, 913-205-6973 amber@KidsAndCars.org   Hot Cars Act of 2019 Introduced in U.S. House Today Safety Advocates and Families…

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Legislation Introduced to Require the Use of Speed Limiters in Commercial Trucks
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FROM THE OFFICE OF SEN. JOHNNY ISAKSON (R-GA) For Immediate Release: June 27, 2019 Contact: Amanda Maddox, 202-224-7777 or Sean Coit, 202-224-5042 Isakson, Coons Introduce Bipartisan Truck Safety Legislation Legislation would codify lifesaving rule that has languished 10 years  …

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Statement of Cathy Chase, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety on New Child Car Seat Law Taking Effect in Virginia
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2019 Contact: Pete Daniels 202-408-1711, 301-442-2249, pdaniels@saferoads.org Statement of Cathy Chase, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety on New Child Car Seat Law Taking Effect in Virginia Legislation Will Save Lives and Prevent Injuries During Crashes…

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Legislation Introduced to Protect Car Shoppers from Buying, Leasing or Loaning Unsafe Used Cars
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From the Office of Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT): For Immediate Release Subhan Cheema (Blumenthal) 202-224-0335 Giselle Barry (Markey) 202-224-2742 June 26, 2019 BLUMENTHAL & MARKEY INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CAR SHOPPERS FROM BUYING, LEASING, OR LOANING UNSAFE USED CARS The…

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Statement on Passage of NJ Impaired Driving Legislation
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 21, 2019 Contact: Tara Gill, 202-408-1711, tgill@saferoads.org  Statement of Cathy Chase, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Traffic Fatalities in New Jersey Are On The Rise, An All-Offender Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Law Will Curb…

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Jackie Gillan Presented with Distinguished Consumer Service Award
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2019 Contact: Allison Kennedy 202-408-1711, akennedy@saferoads.org Jackie Gillan, President Emeritus of Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety, Presented with Distinguished Consumer Service Award by the Consumer Federation of America Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety…

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Statement for House Hearing “Under Pressure: The State of Trucking in America”
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STATEMENT OF CATHERINE CHASE PRESIDENT ADVOCATES FOR HIGHWAY AND AUTO SAFETY ON  “UNDER PRESSURE: THE STATE OF TRUCKING IN AMERICA” SUBMITTED TO THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HIGHWAYS AND TRANSIT JUNE 12, 2019 (CLICK…

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URGENT ACTION NEEDED ON A. 6163: Extending New York’s Seat Belt Law to Include a Rear Seat Belt Requirement
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Please weigh in or ask your local groups and representatives to weigh in to ensure that bills to extend New York’s seat belt law to include a rear seat belt requirement, A. 6163 sponsored by Assemblymember Walter Mosley (D-57) and…

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Statement on Lowering the Limit of Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) While Driving From .08 to .05 Percent, New York State Assembly Bill 3208 and Senate Bill 5117
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Statement of Tara Gill, Senior Director Advocacy and State Legislation, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Lowering the Limit of Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)While Driving From .08 to .05 Percent, New York State Assembly Bill 3208 and Senate Bill 5117…

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