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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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Letter to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development for 5-23-19 Markup
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On Thursday, May 23, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development held a markup of their Fiscal Year 2020 funding bill.  Advocates joined other safety groups in sending this letter in advance of that meeting.

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Statement for House Hearing “Summer Driving Dangers: Exploring Ways to Protect Drivers and Their Families”
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STATEMENT OF CATHERINE CHASE PRESIDENT ADVOCATES FOR HIGHWAY AND AUTO SAFETY  ON “SUMMER DRIVING DANGERS: EXPLORING WAYS TO PROTECT DRIVERS AND THEIR FAMILIES”   SUBMITTED TO THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON CONSUMER PROTECTION…

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MEDIA ALERT: Members of Congress, Families & Health Professionals to Call for Legislation Preventing Hot Car Deaths
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MEDIA ALERT News Conference: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Press Availability in Conjunction with Hearing: Thursday, May 23, 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   Last Year Reached…

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Statement on Dangerous Proposals to Allow “Teen Truckers” to Operate in Interstate Commerce
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2019 Contact: Pete Daniels 202-408-1711   (c) 301-442-2249  pdaniels@saferoads.org Statement of Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, On Dangerous Proposals to Allow “Teen Truckers” to Operate in Interstate Commerce Advocates for Highway…

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Statement on National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2019 Contact: Pete Daniels 202-408-1711   (c) 301-442-2249  pdaniels@saferoads.org Statement of Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, On Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month  Missouri Must Retain Its Lifesaving All-Rider Helmet Law This Motorcycle…

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OPPOSE SB 147: Repealing Missouri’s All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law Would be a Deadly and Costly Mistake
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We’ve received an update that a clerical error in the bill language of SB 147 is necessitating that the bill return to Conference Committee.  The helmet repeal bill will then need to pass both the Senate and the House before…

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Statement on National Police Week
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2019 Contact: Pete Daniels 202-408-1711 (c) 301-442-2249 pdaniels@saferoads.org Statement of Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, On National Police Week In acknowledgment of National Police Week (May 12-18, 2019), Advocates for Highway and…

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Statement on Distracted Driving Awareness Month
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For Release: April 30, 2019 Contact: Peter Daniels 202-408-1711/ (C) 301-442-2249, pdaniels@saferoads.org Statement of Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, On National Distracted Driving Awareness Month Distracted Driving is a deadly, year-round problem that requires urgent…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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More Than 75 Groups Ask Senate to Oppose Flawed Driverless Car Bill
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A broad alliance of local, state and national organizations representing safety, law enforcement and first responders, public health, bicyclists and pedestrians, engineering, environmental and consumer groups, disability communities and families affected by motor vehicle crashes sent this letter to Senators urging them to oppose the AV START Act (S. 1885).  This deficient bill fails to sufficiently address known problems revealed by the dangerous and deadly crashes involving vehicles equipped with highly and partially automated driving systems.

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Advocates’ Statement on School Bus and Bus Stop Crashes
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The recent crashes in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina and Pennsylvania that killed at least five children and injured at least 23 people highlight the dangers our children face as they travel to and from school each day. Proven countermeasures to make school buses safer comprise the School Bus Safety Act (S. 3432/H.R. 6773) including requiring school buses to have seat belts in every seat and effective safety technologies like automatic emergency braking and electronic stability control systems.

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Statement on New Truck Safety Technology Poll
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Today, a new poll commissioned by Road Safe America revealed that Americans overwhelmingly support Congress requiring the use of speed limiters and automatic emergency braking (AEB) on large trucks.  This clarion call for proven safety technology is warranted considering the skyrocketing number of fatal truck crashes on our roads. We urge Congress to listen to the telling results of this survey and take action now to require proven truck safety technologies on our roadways.

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Statement on National Teen Driver Safety Week
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This National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 21-27, 2018), Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) calls on state elected officials to take immediate action to address tragic yet preventable motor vehicle crashes happening on our roads.  While every state has at least one component of a teen graduated driver licensing (GDL) program, no state has all six elements, as rated by Advocates’ 2018 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws.  Today, Advocates sent the Roadmap report and a letter to all 50 governors and the mayor of DC urging them to eradicate the dangerous gaps in their GDL laws. 

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Advocates’ Statement on Waymo’s 10 Million Miles Driven
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) has a long history of championing proven safety technology, from airbags in the 1990s to advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) today.  We commend Waymo for reaching 10 million miles of testing on public roads.  However, this pales in comparison to the more than three trillion miles traveled by human drivers on U.S. roads each year.  Many more miles and milestones must be reached before driverless cars are sold to the public, which is precisely what a bill under consideration in the U.S. Senate will allow, AV START Act (S. 1885).

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Advocates’ Statement on U.S. DOT 3.0 AV Guidelines
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Today the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) released weak, voluntary guidelines allowing manufacturers of autonomous vehicles (AVs) to use our Nation’s roads and highways as proving grounds for unproven technology.  Instead of being called “3.0” guidelines, they should be considered “-1.0” guidelines because they throw our Nation’s AV policy in reverse.  AV manufacturers will continue to introduce extremely complex, supercomputers-on-wheels into the driving environment with meager government oversight and accountability.

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Statement on 2017 Motor Vehicle Crash Fatalities
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Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new data showing that motor vehicle crash fatalities remain at unacceptably high levels.  While it is welcome news that our Nation experienced a 1.8 percent decrease in crash fatalities from 2016 to 2017, the fact remains that more than 100 people are killed in preventable motor vehicle crashes each day on average.

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Advocates’ Statement on Updating NCAP
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By any measure the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) has been exceedingly successful.  The program has been copied the world over and has provided necessary safety information to consumers for decades.  NCAP is an invaluable tool in helping to ensure Americans have the information they need in order to purchase safe vehicles that will protect them and their families. 

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Advocates’ Statement on IIHS Underride Guard Test Results
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Advocates for Highways and Auto Safety (Advocates) commends the eight largest North American manufacturers of semitrailer truck underride guards for earning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOUGHGUARD award.  Strong underride guards are a proven solution to the horrific problem of underride crashes.  This critical safety feature helps to mitigate violent crashes in which a passenger vehicle collides with a truck or trailer, potentially shearing off the compartment of the car resulting in death and debilitating injuries of the occupants.

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Advocates’ Statement on New NTSB Pedestrian Safety Report
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) supports a comprehensive approach to improving pedestrian safety highlighted by the new Pedestrian Safety Special Investigation Report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the recommendations adopted by the Board today.  In 2016, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed, and these tragedies have been on the rise every year since 2009.  The NTSB’s report offers yet more evidence that federal, state and local policymakers should take immediate action to combat the growing epidemic of pedestrian fatalities on our Nation’s roads and highways.

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Advocates’ Letter on New Jersey Ignition Interlock Device Law
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), an alliance of consumer, safety, medical and public health groups, and insurance companies working together to pass highway and auto safety laws that prevent crashes, save lives, reduce injuries, and contain costs, supports enactment of Senate Bill (S.) 824/Assembly Bill (A.) 2089 to require the use of ignition interlock devices (IIDs) by all convicted drunk drivers, including first time offenders.  We urge you to join the 32 other states, including neighboring New York and Delaware, that have made their streets and highways safer by enacting an all-offender IID law.

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Advocates’ Statement on Emerging Technologies to the Senate Commerce Committee
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AVs should not be prematurely deployed and sold before they can be safely operated on public roads and without commonsense government oversight in place.  Serious and fatal crashes involving AVs which have already occurred reveal significant flaws in this still developing technology.  In sum, the path to the safe and effective introduction of AVs requires government oversight, transparency and a comprehensive regulatory framework in all aspects from vehicle standards to infrastructure design.  

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Advocates’ Statement on Labor Day Weekend Travel
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) urges drivers hitting the road for one last summer road trip over Labor Day weekend to ensure that it is a safe one.  Use common sense if you are driving: obey the speed limit, make sure everyone is properly buckled up, turn off and put away distracting devices, don’t drink and drive, and wear a helmet if you’re on a motorcycle.  More people are predicted to be taking to the road this weekend, which means a greater risk of deadly crashes.  Now is the time for elected officials, who are preparing for the upcoming legislative sessions, to commit to advancing available, proven solutions and enact lifesaving laws that prevent crashes, deaths and injuries.

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Advocates Remembers John McCain’s Auto Safety Legacy
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) mourns the loss of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and also celebrates the life of a true safety hero.  Senator McCain was a good friend of Advocates who championed numerous safety measures to protect consumers and prevent motor vehicle crashes, deaths and injuries.  As Chair of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, he helped advance bipartisan safety legislation that addressed deadly safety defects and industry cover-ups including the Firestone/Ford tire controversy linked to over 200 deaths and 800 injuries. 

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Red-Light Camera Program Checklist
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This “Red-Light Camera Program Checklist” provides practical instructions for planning, implementing and evaluating red light camera programs, including steps to help communities build and maintain public support.  The checklist was published in July 2018 by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety…

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Press Call on AV START and New Driverless Car Poll
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Today, leading safety, consumer and bicycling advocates, law enforcement, and tech and automation experts urged the U.S. Senate to add critical safeguards to the AV START Act (S. 1885), a bill that will set policy on autonomous vehicles (AVs), also known as driverless cars, for decades to come.  As early as this week, sponsors of the bill could attempt to “give it a ride” on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act (S. 1405).

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Advocates’ Letter on Drugged and Alcohol-Impaired Driving
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A correlation between drug use, specific drug levels in the body, and impairment is unresolved. It is unquestionable that drug use and misuse is a serious concern. However, on our roads, alcohol impairment behind the wheel continues to be the largest single contributor to traffic fatalities in the U.S. Moreover, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities are on the rise.

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Media Alert: Press Call on AV START Act
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The U.S. Senate is expected to consider the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act (S. 1405) before the upcoming one week recess.  Sponsors of the AV START Act (S. 1885) are pushing to attach their bill to the FAA bill.  Safety, consumer and bicycling advocates, law enforcement, and tech and automation experts oppose this legislative maneuver which would preclude any opportunity for thorough consideration, debate and amendments to the Nation’s first driverless car, or autonomous vehicle (AV), law.

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Over 65 Groups Ask Senate to Keep Driverless Cars Out of FAA Bill
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A broad and diverse coalition of local, state and national organizations representing safety, public health, bicyclists, pedestrians, engineers, smart growth, consumer and environmental groups, law enforcement and first responders, disability communities and families affected by motor vehicle crashes sent the following letter to Senators calling on them to oppose attempts to attach the AV START Act (S. 1885) to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act (S. 1405).

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Groups Urge Senate Committee to Address AV Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities
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In preparation for tomorrow’s hearing “Complex Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities: Lessons Learned from Spectre and Meltdown,” we write to highlight the critical problems related to the cybersecurity of connected and autonomous vehicles (AVs).  As these cars will be “computers on wheels,” it is absolutely essential that strong protections be in place to safeguard against potentially catastrophic instances of vehicle hacking.

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Advocates’ Statement on July 4th Travel
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The Independence Day holiday is one of the most dangerous times to travel on our Nation’s roadways.  Over the five-day period from today through to July 4, approximately 500 people will die and 32,500 more will be injured in preventable crashes.  These eye-popping numbers should be even more attention-getting than a fireworks finale.  State elected officials throughout the country need to take swift action to make their roads and highways safer.

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Advocates’ Letter Urges NY Governor to Save Speed Camera Program
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety urges Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D-NY) to reconvene the legislature to advance Assembly Bill (A.) 7798 C/Senate Bill (S.) 6046 C. This legislation would improve safety on New York City streets by increasing the number of schools at which photo speed violation monitoring systems may be utilized, expanding the times of operation, and extending the school speed camera program until July 1, 2022.

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Advocates’ Dr. Shaun Kildare to Testify Before Senate EPW Committee
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety’s (Advocates) Director of Research, Dr. Shaun Kildare, will be testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works at 10:00 a.m. EST during the hearing entitled “Innovation and America’s Infrastructure: Examining the Effects of Emerging Autonomous Technologies on America’s Roads and Bridges.”  

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Advocates’ Statement to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on AVs and Infrastructure
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AVs should not be prematurely deployed and sold before they can be safely operated on public roads and without commonsense government oversight in place.  Serious and fatal crashes involving AVs which have already occurred reveal significant flaws in this still developing technology.  These crashes have also shown that coordination at the federal, state and local levels regarding infrastructure development and upgrades will play a significant role in the safe and successful development of AVs. 

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Advocates, KidsAndCars.org Statement on Hot Cars Study
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A system reminding drivers to remember vulnerable back seat passengers is a commonsense solution to these heartbreaking deaths.  One child dies from heat stroke every nine days in communities across the country.  Rear seat passenger alerts are already available and we’re failing our children each day that this effective, proven technology isn’t included as standard equipment in every vehicle.

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