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Message to Congress from Seatback Failure Victim Advocates Michelle and Jason Fraser
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“On behalf of our daughter, Jayden Faith, and the thousands of families that have suffered catastrophic injuries or deaths as a result of preventable seatback failures, today we call on Congress to modernize the seatback standard that for 54 years has failed to protect families like mine.  Far too many families will never see their children or loved ones again because they died because of a seatback collapse.  We hope the Senate will act quickly to finish what the House has started to help spare even one more family from suffering what my family, and too many others like ours, have had to suffer.”

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Message to Congress from crash victim advocate Tammy Huffman
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“On May 6, 2013, my husband’s twin brother, Tim Huffman, was killed by a distracted semitruck driver.  Tim was a decorated war veteran with 3 tours in Iraq and had served as a military police officer.  The semitruck driver was on Facebook at the time of the wreck.  The crash into Tim’s police cruiser and subsequent collisions created a wreckage of vehicles that stretched about a mile long – all of which could have been prevented if the truck was equipped with automatic emergency braking (AEB).  I am here today to speak for Tim, for my family and for all roadway users.  We must have safety provisions like universal AEB in place to avoid these preventable tragedies.”

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Message to Congress From ‘Hot Car’ Incident Victim Advocate Angela Jones
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“It breaks our hearts to know that there is affordable, available technology out there that could have detected our little girl, Charly, in my husband’s vehicle and saved her life by sounding an alarm and sending an alert to his phone.  My husband was only 20 feet away from her the entire time she was trapped inside his vehicle.  Had he known, he would have done literally anything to protect her.  The Hot Cars Act, which is part of the House INVEST in America Act, should be passed immediately so that all vehicles come with this life-saving technology.”

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Group Letters to U.S. Senate Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) & House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Transportation and Infrastructure Legislation
150 150 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

As families who have suffered the loss or serious injury of children, spouses and other loved ones in preventable motor vehicle crashes, truck crashes, hot car incidents, and seatback failures, we join with consumer, public health, safety, bicyclist and pedestrian advocates in urging you to ensure that crucial safety advances are included in the final infrastructure bill sent to President Biden.  This is the only way our nation will achieve significant and sustained reductions in the unacceptable and costly death and injury toll caused by motor vehicle crashes.  Unfortunately, the Surface Transportation Investment Act (S. 2016) contains safety placebos instead of the proven and available remedies passed by the House with bipartisan support.

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Group Letter to U.S. Senate Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) on Transportation and Infrastructure Legislation
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As families who have suffered the loss or serious injury of children, spouses and other loved ones in preventable motor vehicle crashes, truck crashes, hot car incidents, and seatback failures, we join with consumer, public health, safety, bicyclist and pedestrian advocates in urging you to ensure that crucial safety advances are included in the final infrastructure bill sent to President Biden.  This is the only way our nation will achieve significant and sustained reductions in the unacceptable and costly death and injury toll caused by motor vehicle crashes.  Unfortunately, the Surface Transportation Investment Act (S. 2016) contains safety placebos instead of the proven and available remedies passed by the House with bipartisan support.

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Group Letter to U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Transportation and Infrastructure Legislation
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As families who have suffered the loss or serious injury of children, spouses and other loved ones in preventable motor vehicle crashes, truck crashes, hot car incidents, and seatback failures, we join with consumer, public health, safety, bicyclist and pedestrian advocates in urging you to ensure that the safety advances enacted in H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act, are retained in the final infrastructure bill sent to President Biden.  

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Message to Congress From Crash Victim Advocate Amy Cohen
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“2,842 days.  Nearly 41 million minutes.  That is how long it has been since I last kissed my kind, adorable 12-year-old son goodbye and then never saw him alive again.  He was in 8th grade and just needed to walk from school to soccer practice.  That should not be a deadly act.  In his memory, I urge Congress to prioritize safety.  It is imperative that vehicles be designed to protect children like mine just trying to get around on our streets.  All vehicles should have automatic emergency braking (AEB) with an ability to detect those walking and biking who are most vulnerable.”

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Members of Congress, Crash Victims & Advocates: Safety Must Be Advanced in Any Transportation/Infrastructure Package
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As a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators continue deliberation on comprehensive infrastructure legislation, today Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), joined by U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), families of truck crash, distracted driving crash, child “hot car” and seatback failure victims, and safety, public health, law enforcement, bicyclist and consumer advocates asserted that the legislation must include vital motor vehicle safety upgrades that will prevent crashes and save lives before being sent to President Biden.

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Virtual Press Conference to Ensure Safety is Advanced in Any Transportation and Infrastructure Package
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) hosted a virtual press conference on July 21, 2021 featuring U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and U.S. Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce Chair Jan…

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MEDIA ALERT: Virtual Press Conference on Ensuring Safety is Advanced in Any Transportation/Infrastructure Package
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), joined by U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and U.S. Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), families of truck crash, distracted driving crash, child “hot car” and seatback failure victims, and safety, public health, law enforcement, bicyclist and consumer advocates will discuss needed safety provisions that should be included in any congressional legislation on transportation and infrastructure.

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Statement on Anti-Safety Amdt. to Transportation Funding Bill
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2021 CONTACT: Allison Kennedy / akennedy@saferoads.org / 360-281-7033 Statement of Cathy Chase, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, in Opposition to Anti-Safety Amendment Adopted to the Fiscal Year 2022 Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations…

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Statement on Letter from 18 AGs to Upgrade Child Passenger Safety
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2021 CONTACT: Allison Kennedy  / akennedy@saferoads.org / 360-281-7033 Statement of Cathy Chase, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, on the Letter Sent by 18 Attorneys General to Upgrade Child Passenger Safety Advocates for Highway and…

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Action Alert: Improvements Needed to S. 2016
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Deaths are Up.  Action is Needed Now.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates, last year, 38,680 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes.  This marks the largest projected increase in traffic fatalities since 2007 even while…

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Joint Statement on Passage of the INVEST in America Act
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2021 CONTACT: Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Allison Kennedy / akennedy@saferoads.org / 360-281-7033 Joint Statement from Consumer, Public Health, Safety, Labor, Bicyclist and Insurance Organizations and Traffic Crash Victim Advocates on Passage of the…

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Statement on New Crash Reporting Requirements for Vehicles Equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Automated Driving Systems (ADS)
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) commends the actions taken today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to require auto manufacturers and operators of vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that are rated as Level 2 per the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and vehicles with more sophisticated automated driving system capability (SAE Levels 3 – 5) to report crashes.

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MEDIA ALERT: Schakowsky, Colleagues, Advocates Highlight INVEST in America Act Auto Safety Provisions
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On Wednesday, June 30th, 2021, at 1PM ET, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, will host a press conference to highlight the auto safety provisions included in the INVEST In America Act, the infrastructure package the U.S. House will vote on this week.

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Organizations in support of the Hot Cars Act (H.R. 3164)
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The Hot Cars Act (H.R. 3164) requires new vehicles to be equipped with inexpensive, existing technology that can detect the presence of an occupant inside when the engine is off and alert the driver and/or others to prevent hot car injuries and deaths.

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Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Signed Into Law November 15, 2021
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The policies and provisions included in surface transportation reauthorization legislation will determine whether or not our country is put on the path toward significant reductions in motor vehicle crash fatalities and injuries for the next five years and beyond.

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Group Letter & Safety Spotlight on INVEST in America Act (H.R. 3684)
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The policies and provisions included in this legislation will determine whether or not our country is put on the path toward significant reductions in motor vehicle crash fatalities and injuries for the next five years and beyond.

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Overdue and At-Risk Safety Regulations
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) maintains a list of overdue and at-risk safety regulations that were enacted into law by Congress but have not been advanced by the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT).

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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
150 150 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

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”
150 150 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

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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Recommendations of the Safe System Consortium
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On May 11, 2021, the Safe System Consortium, a group of engineers, scientists, public health professionals, and safety experts released recommendations designed to change the course of road safety and help create a more equitable transportation system.  Tara Gill, Senior Director of Advocacy and State Legislation for Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) participated in the Consortium, which was convened by the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy (JHCIRP) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).

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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
150 150 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

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”
150 150 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

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
150 150 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

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
150 150 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

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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Advocates Urges South Carolina Senate to Upgrade the State’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 Senate Committee on Transportion urging support for Senate Bill (SB) 248/ House Bill (HB) 3360.  This legislation would improve safety on South 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 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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