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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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School Bus Safety Act Press Conference Remarks
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While school buses generally experience fewer crashes than other types of vehicles, basic safety features like seat belts are still not required.  We must urgently address this major safety gap.

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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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