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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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