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Advocates & KidsAndCars.org Letter on MI Child Occupant Protection Bill
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As leading safety organizations working together to pass highway and auto safety laws that prevent unnecessary crashes, deaths and injuries, and contain costs, we support House Bill (HB) 4951 to strengthen Michigan’s child occupant protection statute. This measure requires that children remain rear facing in a child safety seat until age two or older, in a forward facing child safety seats until age four, and then in a booster seat until age eight and 57 inches in height. Children should remain in their current safety seat as long as possible, until they have aged out and outgrown the seat specifications.

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Statement of Advocates, NH ACS Committee on Trauma, & NH ENA on NH Seat Belt Bill
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Our organizations support House Bill (HB) 1259, legislation to enact a primary enforcement seat belt law requiring all occupants in all seating positions to buckle up in New Hampshire. This lifesaving bill will help address the epidemic of motor vehicle crash fatalities, injuries and associated costs, and improve the safety of New Hampshire families and all those who travel on state roads.

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Statement of Advocates, SMARTER, & MD ENA on MD Motorcycle Helmet Repeal Bill
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Senate Bill (SB) 439, legislation that would repeal Maryland’s all-rider motorcycle helmet law. This critical safety law has been preventing deaths and injuries and saving taxpayer dollars in Maryland for over 24 years. To repeal the all-rider motorcycle helmet law would be a deadly and costly mistake.

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Rep. Mulligan Joins Safety Advocates at NH Statehouse to Discuss Seat Belt Bill
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Rep. Mary Jane Mulligan (D), sponsor of House Bill (HB) 1259, and a coalition of public health and traffic safety groups and first responders will be available to discuss the urgent need for a primary enforcement seat belt law for all vehicle occupants. HB 1259 will be considered by the House Transportation Committee tomorrow, February 6, at 10:00 AM EST.

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Advocates & Trucking Alliance File Comments Opposing Exemptions to ELD Trucking Rule
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In joint comments submitted today to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) and the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (Trucking Alliance) warned that an exemption request filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) would gut the long-settled electronic logging device (ELD) rule by allowing nearly all trucking companies to delay compliance.

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Advocates’ Statement on Autonomous Vehicles to the Senate Commerce Committee
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety sent the following statement to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for a hearing entitled Driving Automotive Innovation and Federal Policies.”

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Letter to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Autonomous Vehicles
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In preparation for tomorrow morning’s hearing, “Driving Automotive Innovation and Federal Policies” by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, leading organizations representing consumers, safety advocates, persons with disabilities, law enforcement, and victims and survivors of motor vehicle crashes sent a letter voicing strong concerns about the AV START Act, S. 1885.  A more detailed statement from Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety will be submitted to the Committee tomorrow morning.

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Advocates Releases 2018 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws
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Today, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), released the 2018 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws. This is the 15th edition of an annual report that rates all 50 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) on the adoption of 16 fundamental traffic safety laws. This “report card” exposes over 400 missing safety laws nationwide. It is an essential tool that state elected officials should use to improve roadway safety for all motorists as 2018 state legislative sessions kick off. 

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Statement on New National Academies of Sciences Impaired Driving Report
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) commends the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) for issuing their new report, “Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities: A Comprehensive Approach to a Persistent Problem.” I was honored to participate as an advisor to NAS as they compiled research and recommendations for the report focusing on alcohol-impaired driving, the largest cause of motor vehicle fatalities.

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Press Conference on Monday Jan. 22 at Noon for Advocates’ Report Card of State Highway Safety Laws
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) will release its 2018 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws ranking all 50 states and the District of Columbia on the passage of 16 essential traffic safety laws. State legislative action is critical in light of the 8.4% increase in 2015 and another 5.6% jump in 2016 in highway fatalities. Preliminary figures for the first half of 2017 show no substantial reversal to 37,461 fatalities in 2016.

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New Poll Finds Overwhelming Support For Driverless Car Safety Standards
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Today, leading safety and consumer advocates unveiled a new CARAVAN Public Opinion Poll which revealed widespread concern over major segments of American society on important issues under consideration in federal legislation on driverless cars.

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Media Call-In on New Poll Showing Widespread Concern Over Driverless Cars
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Leading safety and consumer advocates will reveal the results of a new public opinion poll regarding autonomous vehicles (AVs), also referred to as “driverless cars.” A CARAVAN poll conducted in December 2017 exposed widespread concerns across major segments of American society about sharing the road with driverless cars and the lack of government oversight to ensure auto manufacturer accountability as they are developed and deployed on public roads.

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Statement of Jackie Gillan on the Stop Underrides Act Introduction
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The public has waited long enough for government action.  The Stop Underrides Act directs the U.S. Department of Transportation to update the current rear guard standard and to issue new requirements for side and front underride guards.  Crash tests have demonstrated that when a car is stopped from going underneath a trailer, airbags and safety belt systems work as intended and properly restrain a car’s occupants.

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Advocates’ Statement on International Award for Utah’s .05% BAC Law
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) congratulates Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R) and the Utah State Legislature, the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Transportation on collectively receiving the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award. The award recognizes achievement and innovation in road safety and is a well-deserved honor for Utah after enacting a law to lower the legal limit of alcohol-impaired driving from .08 to .05 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Utah’s first-in-the-nation .05 percent BAC law is an effective countermeasure that will save lives and reduce preventable deaths and injuries from drunk driving crashes.

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Letter to House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Truck Technology
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent the following letter tonight to members of the House Transportation Subcommittee on Highways and Transit in advance of a roundtable tomorrow morning entitled “Emerging Technologies in the Trucking Industry.” Because truck crash deaths are at alarming highs, there should be no delay in deploying proven and effective technologies that can prevent and mitigate crashes and save lives.

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Letter to House Small Business Committee about Long Overdue ELD Rule
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Consumer, public health, safety and law enforcement organizations, trucking companies, truck drivers, and victims of truck crashes and their families, sent the following letter about the long overdue electronic logging device (ELD) rule to Members of the House Small Business Committee. ELDs are a proven and cost-effective way to reduce truck driver fatigue and save lives. Any attempt to delay or carve out exemptions to the ELD rule will jeopardize the safety of truckers and all road users.

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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety Announces Leadership Transition
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) announced today that Jackie Gillan, President and Founding Board Member, will be transitioning to become President Emeritus beginning in January 2018. Cathy Chase, Advocates’ Vice President of Governmental Affairs, has been selected by the Board of Directors as the new President.

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Advocates’ Statement on Exemptions to ELD Rule
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) opposes any attempts to slam the brakes on full implementation of the long overdue electronic logging device (ELD) rule. Members of the trucking industry have known about this rule for years and have had ample time to prepare for it. Exemptions will compromise the effectiveness of the rule, jeopardize safety, and make it difficult for law enforcement to enforce.

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Advocates’ Statement on Thanksgiving Travel and Self-Driving Safety Concerns
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Thanksgiving is one of the most wonderful times of the year; unfortunately, it is also one of the most dangerous and deadly times to travel. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) warns motorists about the increased risk of dangerous behaviors like speeding, distraction, and impairment which can lead to fatal crashes and life altering injuries.

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Advocacy Groups Send Letter to U.S. Senate on AV Bill
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On Tuesday, ten major consumer, public health, law enforcement, and safety organizations sent a letter to members of the U.S. Senate asking for commonsense and reasonable changes to S. 1885, the AV START Act. These essential changes are needed to ensure the safety of the motoring public as autonomous vehicles are deployed.

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Advocates’ Statement on Upgrade to NY Child Occupant Protection Law
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New York now joins eight other states (CA, CT, NJ, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC) that have enacted laws requiring infants and toddlers to remain rear facing through age two.

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Advocates’ Vice President Henry Jasny’s Statement to NHTSA on Autonomous Vehicles
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In the end, the voluntary safety self-assessments may amount to little more than marketing materials dressed up as consumer information. Advocates supports the need for consumer information, but the type and quality of that information must be objective, specific and uniform to ensure that the public is able to evaluate the technology and even compare technology between companies. However, promotional materials and consumer information are no substitute for regulations to ensure public safety.

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Advocates’ Chart on State Graduated Driver Licensing Laws for National Teen Driver Safety Week
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Advocates urges state elected officials to advance legislation still in play this year, lauds lawmakers who have repeatedly worked to improve state GDL programs, and calls out missed opportunities to pass GDL laws which could have led to making the learning-to-drive process safer for young drivers.

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Statement on 2016 Increases in Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths
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Too many states lack too many safety laws and that is contributing to this public health crisis.  At the federal level, critical safety standards that would make our highways safer for everyone are delayed or ignored.

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Advocates’ Statement on AV START Act Senate Commerce Commiteee Markup Victories
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Today, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee voted to advance the American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies Act (AV START Act, S. 1885), a bill that will establish policies and procedures for introducing autonomous vehicles (AVs) into the marketplace for decades to come. 

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Safety Advocates’ and defect victims’ letter to Senate Commerce Committee on Senate AV Bill
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The improvements we recommend will not stop or even slow down the development and deployment of AVs which hold the potential to significantly reduce motor vehicle deaths and injuries.  Rather, these are commonsense proposals that will ensure public safety and industry accountability.

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Press Call and Materials on Senate AV Bill (S. 1885)
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Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) joined a coalition of leading safety and consumer advocates, and survivors and families of victims of dangerous and deadly vehicle defects to call for commonsense safety improvements to the American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies Act (AV START Act, S. 1885).

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Advocates’ Statement on Sleep Apnea Legislation
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) commends Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), as well as Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Albio Sires (D-NJ) for introducing commonsense legislation (S. 1883/H.R. 3882) that would require obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) screenings and treatment for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.

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Advocates’ Statement on Child Passenger Safety Week and State Child Passenger Laws
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It is critical that children are protected by strong laws that keep them in the back seat restrained by a child safety seat, booster seat, or safety belt, as appropriate for their age and size. Needless tragedies happening on our roads could be prevented if state legislatures enact these lifesaving laws.

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Advocates’ Statement on NTSB Tesla Hearing and NHTSA AV Guidelines
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The devastating conclusions of the Board reveal what happens when the government takes a hands-off approach to hands-free driving. This should serve as an urgent alarm to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Congress to take immediate action to regulate autonomous vehicle (AV) technology.

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Advocates’ Statement on Labor Day Travel and State Traffic Safety Laws
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The historic increase in drivers on the road for Labor Day weekend creates a greater potential for tragedy. Unfortunately, many states lack some of the most important traffic safety laws to prevent motor vehicle crashes, deaths, and injuries. It is time for state lawmakers to enact commonsense and cost-effective laws to make our roads and families safe every day of the year.

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Advocates’ Statement on New NTSB Speeding-Related Crashes Report
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Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its new report, Reducing Speeding-Related Crashes Involving Passenger Vehicles. This report details the staggering scope of speeding-related crashes, fatalities, injuries and costs resulting from people driving too fast.

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Statement on Dangerous FMCSA Move to Withdraw Critical Rulemaking on Sleep Apnea
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FMCSA’s plan to withdraw an important safety rulemaking which is already underway ignores the advice of medical experts, fellow federal regulators and even the agency’s own advisory committees. The move comes at a time when the number of truck crashes, fatalities and injuries continues to skyrocket.

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Press Release: Senate Introduces HOT CARS Act
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Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Al Franken (D-MN) announced the introduction of the Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act (HOT CARS Act of 2017, S. 1666). This critical legislation addresses the tragic deaths of children unknowingly being left in vehicles. 

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MEDIA ALERT — Press Call 7/31 at 12pm EST on HOT CARS Act
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MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Monday, July 31, 2017 at 12:00 Noon ET Contact:  Bill Bronrott, 202-270-4415, bronrott@gmail.com  NATIONAL HEATSTROKE PREVENTION DAY – MON. JULY 31 Look Before You Lock! HOT CARS Act of 2017 – S.1666 MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL WHAT: U.S. Senator…

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Statement on House “Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation”
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent this statement to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee for the hearing on “Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation” before the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection on June 27, 2017. A summary…

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Op-Ed: Utah should not buy the fear-mongering of the alcohol lobby
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    Op-ed: Utah should not buy the fear-mongering of the alcohol lobby By Andrew McGuire JUN 21, 2017   The Utah Legislature has enacted an important and lifesaving law to make Utah’s roads safer for families by lowering the…

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Statement on “Paving the Way for Self-Driving Vehicles”
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent this statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for the hearing “Paving the Way for Self-Driving Vehicles” on June 14, 2017. A summary of the statement is available…

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News Conference on the Introduction of the HOT CARS Act of 2017
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Download the electronic media kit (PDF). Download the following press release (PDF). FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2017 Contacts:  Bill Bronrott, 202-270-4415, bronrott@gmail.com; Rep. Tim Ryan contact: Michael Zetts, Michael.Zetts@mail.house.gov, 202-225-5261; Rep. King contact: Kevin Fogarty, Kevin.Fogarty@mail.house.gov, 202-225-7896; Rep. Schakowsky contact: Jeronimo…

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Texas Becomes 43rd State to Pass Primary Enforcement Texting Ban
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2017 Contact: Tara Gill, 202-408-1711, tgill@saferoads.org STATEMENT OF JACKIE GILLAN, PRESIDENT OF ADVOCATES FOR HIGHWAY AND AUTO SAFETY, ON ENACTMENT OF TEXTING WHILE DRIVING BAN IN TEXAS Tremendous Texas Safety Victory – Texas becomes 43rd…

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Advocates’ Letter to Texas Governor Abbott on HB 62
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety urges Texas Governor Greg Abbott to sign House Bill (HB) 62, which would prohibit drivers from using wireless communications devices to read, write or send messages while operating a motor vehicle. Distracted driving is…

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Advocates’ Statement on Need for Strong Truck Side Underride Guards
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2017 Contact: Allison Kennedy, 202-408-1711, akennedy@saferoads.org STATEMENT OF JACKIE GILLAN, PRESIDENT OF ADVOCATES FOR HIGHWAY AND AUTO SAFETY, ON THE NEED FOR STRONG SIDE UNDERRIDE GUARDS ON SEMITRAILER TRUCKS New Crash Tests Provide Real-World Evidence…

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Statement on Iowa Upgrade of Distracted Driving Law
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17, 2017 Contact: Tara Gill, 202-408-1711, tgill@saferoads.org STATEMENT OF JACKIE GILLAN, PRESIDENT OF ADVOCATES FOR HIGHWAY AND AUTO SAFETY, ON IOWA STRENGTHENING ITS DISTRACTED DRIVING LAW Iowa becomes 42nd state plus DC to enact an optimal…

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Statement on Mississippi Upgrade of Seat Belt Law
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2017 Contact: Tara Gill, 202-408-1711, tgill@saferoads.org STATEMENT OF JACKIE GILLAN, PRESIDENT OF ADVOCATES FOR HIGHWAY AND AUTO SAFETY, ON MISSISSIPPI UPGRADING ITS SEAT BELT LAW TO PROTECT BACKSEAT PASSENGERS Mississippi becomes 19th state plus DC…

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Utah Enacts Nation’s First .05% BAC Law
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2017  Contact: Bill Bronrott, 202-270-4415, bronrott@gmail.com STATEMENT OF JACKIE GILLAN, PRESIDENT OF ADVOCATES FOR HIGHWAY AND AUTO SAFETY, ON UTAH ENACTING THE NATION’S FIRST .05% BAC LAW This commonsense, research-based law will make Utah’s roads…

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Advocates Presents Two Safety Awards at Capitol Hill Reception
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2017 Contact: Allison Kennedy, (202) 408-1711, akennedy@saferoads.org Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety Presents Second Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Highway Safety Leadership Award and the Inaugural Clarence M. Ditlow III Safety Champion Award (WASHINGTON, D.C.)…

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Advocates Releases 2017 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws
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Contact: Bill Bronrott, 202-270-4415, bronrott@gmail.com MEDIA ALERT:  Each State and DC Issued a Report Card Exposing Deadly Gaps in 15 Essential Highway Safety Laws Register Now for the Live Webcast of the Report Release Recent government data shows second year…

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Statement on Dangerous FTC Decision on Vehicle Safety Defects
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2016 Contact: Allison Kennedy, 202-408-1711, akennedy@saferoads.org Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Shirks Duty to Protect Consumers Decision by FTC Allows Auto Dealerships to Falsely Advertise Used Cars with Unrepaired, and Potentially Deadly, Defects as Safe and…

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Statement on Ineffective Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Training Rule
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 7, 2016 Contact: Allison Kennedy, 202-408-1711, akennedy@saferoads.org STATEMENT OF PETER KURDOCK, DIRECTOR OF REGULATORY AFFAIRS ON RELEASE OF DO-NOTHING ENTRY-LEVEL DRIVER TRAINING RULE Meaningless Rule Issued by FMCSA Disregards Congressional Mandates, Federal Court Precedent, Experts Convened…

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Statement in Response to Removal of Truck Driver Safety Protections in Continuing Resolution
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 6, 2016 Contact: Advocates: Cathy Chase, cchase@saferoads.org, (o) 202-408-1711 or (c) 571-243-7282 CRASH and PATT: John Lannen, jlannen@trucksafety.org, (o) 703-294-6404 or (c) 703-328-5007 Statement of Highway, Auto & Truck Safety Groups in Response to Removal of…

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Jackie Gillan Participating in “A New Era of Highway Safety” Panel on December 5, 2016
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On Monday, December 5, 2016, Advocates’ President Jackie Gillan will participate in a panel discussion hosted by the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America on “A New Era of Highway Safety.” More information can be found here.

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General Motors (GM) Petitions to Delay Recall of Takata Airbag-Equipped Vehicles
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 22, 2016 Contact: Cathy Chase, 571-243-7282, cchase@saferoads.org General Motors (GM) Petitions to Delay Recall of Takata Airbag-Equipped Vehicles Decision by U.S. DOT Gives GM the Green Light to Continue to Shirk Safety Responsibility to Get Exploding…

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Traffic Deaths Spike over Thanksgiving Weekend
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For Immediate Release: November 21, 2016 Contact: Cathy Chase, 571-243-7282, cchase@saferoads.org “Thanksgiving Tradition” – Highway Deaths Will Spike over the Holiday Weekend, Yet Critical Safety Improvements Languish and Attacks on Existing Safety Protections Intensify Statement of Jackie Gillan and Cathy…

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Statement on the Death of Clarence Ditlow
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 11, 2016                                    Contact:   Cathy Chase, 571-243-7282, cchase@saferoads.org Statement of Jackie Gillan, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), on the Death of Clarence Ditlow, Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety and…

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Statement from NHTSA Public Meeting on Federal Automated Vehicles Policy
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STATEMENT OF PETER KURDOCK, DIRECTOR OF REGULATORY AFFAIRS, ADVOCATES FOR HIGHWAY & AUTO SAFETY NHTSA PUBLIC MEETING: FEDERAL AUTOMATED VEHICLES POLICY NOVEMBER 10, 2016 Good afternoon. I am Peter Kurdock, Director of Regulatory Affairs for Advocates for Highway and Auto…

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Federal Appeals Court Decision Rejects Baseless Challenge to Truck Driver ELD Rule
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2016 Contact:  Allison Kennedy, 202.408.1711, akennedy@saferoads.org Federal Appeals Court Decision Rejects Baseless Challenge to Truck Driver Electronic Logging Device Rule Decision Clears the Way for the Rule that Will Help Reduce Driver Fatigue, at a…

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10% Spike in Young Driver Fatalities – Advocates’ Call to Action During National Teen Driver Safety Week
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2016 Contact:  Allison Kennedy, 202.408.1711, akennedy@saferoads.org STATEMENT OF CATHY CHASE, VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS FOR ADVOCATES FOR HIGHWAY AND AUTO SAFETY ON NATIONAL TEEN DRIVER SAFETY WEEK Young Driver Fatalities Up 10% in 2015…

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Statement of Jackie Gillan on DOT Release of Federal AV Policy
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2016 Contact: Allison Kennedy, 202-408-1711, akennedy@saferoads.org STATEMENT OF JACQUELINE GILLAN, PRESIDENT OF ADVOCATES FOR HIGHWAY AND AUTO SAFETY, ON U.S. DOT RELEASE OF FEDERAL AUTOMATED VEHICLES POLICY The U.S. DOT proactive approach to the safe…

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HOT CARS Act of 2016 Introduced to Prevent Child Heatstroke Deaths
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FULL AUDIO FROM MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL AVAILABLE HERE Contact: Advocates: Allison Kennedy, akennedy@saferoads.org, (202) 408-1711; KidsAndCars.org: Janette Fennell (415) 336-9279; Rep. Ryan: Michael Zetts (202) 225-5261; Rep. Schakowsky: Sam Avery (202) 225-2111 HOT CARS Act of 2016 Introduced Today Will…

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Sept. 9 Marks 50th Anniversary of Highway and Auto Safety Laws
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Contact: Allison Kennedy, 202-408-1711, akennedy@saferoads.org MEDIA ADVISORY TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 9, MARKS THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY ACT AND THE HIGHWAY SAFETY ACT Safety Standards, Programs and Interventions are More Important Now than Ever as…

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Advocates’ Statement on GAO Report on Defective Trinity Guardrail Head
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 7, 2016 Contact: Allison Kennedy, 202-408-1711, akennedy@saferoads.org STATEMENT OF HENRY JASNY, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL COUNSEL, ADVOCATES FOR HIGHWAY AND AUTO SAFETY, ON U.S. GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE (GAO) REPORT ON DEFECTIVE TRINITY ET-PLUS GUARDRAIL HEAD…

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Advocates and the Trucking Alliance File Amicus Brief Supporting Rule on ELDs for Truck Driver Hours of Service
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For Immediate Release:  June 23, 2016 Contact:  Beth Weaver (301) 814-4088, beth_weaver@verizon.net Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and the Trucking Alliance File Amicus Brief Supporting Federal Rule Requiring Electronic Logging Devices to Record Truck Drivers’ Hours of Service  Rule…

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Jackie Gillan on Trucks.Com: Automatic Emergency Braking – Prime Time for Regulation
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  Automatic Emergency Braking – Prime Time for Regulation June 23, 2016 Opinion   Traffic safety groups are pushing NHTSA to establish standards for crash avoidance systems in trucks. (Photo: Washington State Patrol)   Written by Jacqueline Gillan, president of…

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‘Star Trek’ actor’s death prompts new calls for auto recall fix
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        ‘Star Trek’ actor’s death prompts new calls for auto recall fix WASHINGTON | BY DAVID SHEPARDSON World | Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:59am EDT Cast member Anton Yelchin poses during the photo call for the movie ‘Burying the ex’ at the…

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Baltimore Sun Editorial: Safer Teen Drivers
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  Safer teen drivers June 16, 2016 Can Maryland’s teen drivers be saved from themselves? Last week, three Montgomery County teens, all juniors at Clarksburg High School, died in a single-vehicle crash in Damascus. The driver, a 17-year-old who had…

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Statement of Jackie Gillan on Sen. Bill Nelson’s Report on Takata Airbags
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2, 2016                                   Contact: Allison Kennedy, 202-408-1711, akennedy@saferoads.org STATEMENT OF JACKIE GILLAN, PRESIDENT OF ADVOCATES FOR HIGHWAY AND AUTO SAFETY, ON SEN. BILL NELSON’S (D-FL), RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION, REPORT…

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Statements on House Appropriations Committee Action to Repeal Commonsense Truck Safety Rules
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2016 Contact: Allison Kennedy, 202-408-1711, akennedy@saferoads.org With Memorial Day Weekend Approaching and Record Number of Highway Deaths and Injuries Predicted, Congress Moves Special Interest Bill Putting Even More Tired Truckers on the Roads with Families…

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HuffPost Politics: Congress Using Zika To Weaken Truck Safety
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Fighting the virus is tied to a bill that would allow fatigued truckers to stay on the road for more than 80 hours a week. 05/19/2016 05:00 am ET Michael McAuliff WASHINGTON — Truck driver Dana Logan tried on Wednesday…

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Press Call-In on Truck Driver Hours of Service with Audio
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Full audio recording of the press call: https://saferoads.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/GILL0518.mp3 Contact: Bill Bronrott, 202-270-4415, bronrott@gmail.com May 18, 2016 Victims of Tired Trucker Crashes in ME, AL, GA and IL Join a Truck Driver and Safety Advocates to Call on Congress to Stop…

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Baltimore Sun Editorial: Give Drivers A Break
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May 9, 2016 Editorial Here’s something you don’t see every day — trucking companies that want to be more tightly regulated. But that’s what happened last week when some of the nation’s motor carriers publicly expressed their concern that the…

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Statement of Cathy Chase on Fatigued Truck Driver Crash
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                            Contact: Allison Kennedy, 360-281-7033 akennedy@saferoads.org May 6, 2016 STATEMENT OF CATHY CHASE, VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS, ADVOCATES FOR HIGHWAY AND AUTO SAFETY, ON FATIGUED TRUCK DRIVER CRASH IN NASHVILLE, TN CAUSING 8 CAR PILE UP…

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Statement of Cathy Chase on Committee Passage of Transportation Funding Bill
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  April 21, 2016                                     Contact: Allison Kennedy, 202-408-1711, akennedy@saferoads.org           STATEMENT OF CATHY CHASE, VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS, ADVOCATES FOR HIGHWAY AND AUTO SAFETY, ON SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF DEADLY, DAMAGING AND DESTRUCTIVE “TIRED TRUCKER”…

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Press Release on FY 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2016 Contact: Allison Kennedy, 202-408-1711 akennedy@saferoads.org Senate Appropriators Once Again Cede to Corporate Trucking Lobbyists – Another Rewrite of the Safety Rule on Tired Truckers This Year’s Industry Provision is Broader, Bolder and More Brazen…

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Statement of Jackie Gillan on Safety Victory of Maryland Legislature’s Passage of Noah’s Law
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April 12, 2016 Contact: Tara Gill, 202-408-1711   STATEMENT OF JACKIE GILLAN, PRESIDENT, ADVOCATES FOR HIGHWAY AND AUTO SAFETY, ON SAFETY VICTORY OF MARYLAND LEGISLATURE’S PASSAGE OF NOAH’S LAW, THE DRUNK DRIVING REDUCTION ACT OF 2016 Advocates Applauds Bill Conferees…

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Statement of Jackie Gillan, President Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety on Release of New Study, “Unclogging America’s Arteries 2015”
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Today, the American Highway Users Alliance released a new study, “Unclogging America’s Arteries 2015, Prescriptions for Healthier Highways.”  Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) supports efforts to promote healthier highways and reduce congestion.  Solving roadway bottlenecks involves adequate funding…

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House Passes DRIVE Act (H.R. 22) – Public Safety Sacrificed to Auto and Trucking Interests
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For Immediate Release: November 5, 2015 Contact: Beth Weaver 301-814-4088 beth_weaver@verizon.net House Passes DRIVE Act (H.R. 22) – Public Safety Sacrificed to Auto and Trucking Interests TOP TEN WORST HOUSE VOTES AGAINST PUBLIC SAFETY AND FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS Safety and…

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Statement by Safety Groups to House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Passage of Highway Reauthorization Bill
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REACTION BY SAFETY GROUPS TO HOUSE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION REAUTHORIZATION AND REFORM ACT (H.R. 3763) October 22, 2015 Today, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee debated and voted to send H.R. 3763, The Surface…

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Statement of Jackie Gillan on National Teen Driver Safety Week
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October 22, 2015 TODAY: U.S. House Committee to Decide Fate of Controversial Provision in Transportation Bill to Give Teens Keys to Drive Big Trucks Interstate Deadly Policy Change Coincides With “National Teen Driver Safety Week” When Public is Reminded that…

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Advocates’ Co-Chair Joan Claybrook Testifies Before House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Improving Vehicle and Roadway Safety
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Advocates’ Consumer Co-Chair, Joan Claybrook, testified this morning before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade during the hearing “Examining Ways to Improve Vehicle and Roadway Safety.” After the hearing, Ms. Claybrook joined Subcommittee Ranking Member…

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Advocates joins Reps. Schakowsky, Pallone and others to highlight Vehicle Safety Improvement Act after Auto and Roadway Safety Hearing
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October 20, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact Sam Avery (Schakowsky): 202-225-2111 Christine Brennan (Pallone): 202-225-5735 Schakowsky, Pallone and others highlight Vehicle Safety Improvement Act after Auto and Roadway Safety Hearing WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, October 21, the House…

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Advocates Joins Sens. Wicker, Feinstein and Blumenthal to Unite in Stopping Bigger Trucks
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 19, 2015 Contact: Ryan Taylor (Wicker), 202-224-6253 Dean Lieberman (Feinstein), 202-224-9629 Sarah Zukowski (Blumenthal), 202-224-2823 Wicker, Feinstein, Blumenthal Unite to Stop Bigger Trucks Senators Joined by Coalition of Industry, Safety Advocates, Law Enforcement, and Unions WASHINGTON…

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Selfie culture finds dangerous place behind the wheel
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Selfie culture finds dangerous place behind the wheel By Autumn Cafiero Giusti A 29-year-old driver in Maine made headlines in August after crashing his car into a tree while attempting to take a selfie with his friends, injuring several of…

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The Trucks Are Killing Us
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    Op-Ed Contributor The Trucks Are Killing Us (Photo: Harry Campbell) By HOWARD ABRAMSON August 21, 2015 ACCIDENTS like the one that critically injured the comedian Tracy Morgan, killed his friend and fellow comedian James McNair, known as Jimmy…

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Letter to the Senate on the DRIVE Act Sent July 26th
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Safety groups and crash victims write to the U.S. Senate. As debate continues on the DRIVE Act (H.R. 22), there is still time to include a strong safety title. Unfortunately, the changes which have been made to the bill thus…

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Safety groups and crash victims object to “safety title” of DRIVE Act
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Several consumer, health and safety organizations joined with victims and survivors of crashes to send a letter to the U.S. Senate outlaying grave concerns regarding the “safety title” of the highway bill. Here is a list of the “worst of…

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New York Times Editorial: A Senate Bill That Makes Roads and Railroads Less Safe
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A Senate Bill That Makes Roads and Railroads Less Safe The Opinion Pages | Editorial By THE EDITORIAL BOARD JULY 21, 2015 Last month the House passed an appropriations bill that would put bigger trucks with overworked drivers behind the…

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Statement of Jack Gillis, Consumer Federation of America, on Senate Commerce Committee Bill
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Statement of Jack Gillis, Consumer Federation of America On Senate Bill 1732 and Its Failure to Address Important Safety Concerns July 20, 2015 Washington, DC — I am Jack Gillis, auto safety advocate at the Consumer Federation of America and…

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MEDIA ADVISORY – PRESS CALL-IN: MONDAY 7/20, 10:00 AM EST
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On Eve of Senate Debate on Surface Transportation Bill, Safety Advocates, Crash Victims’ Families, and Members of Congress to Launch Renewed Push to Adopt Pro-Safety Provisions and Dump Pro-Industry Rollbacks Partisan Bill Departs from Historical Bipartisan Senate Actions to Combat Highway Deaths…

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MEDIA ADVISORY – PRESS CALL-IN: TUESDAY, JULY 14, 11:00 AM EST
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On Eve of Senate Commerce Committee Markup, Highway Safety Advocacy Groups, Crash Victims and Members of Congress to Hold Media Conference Call to Expose Fatal Flaws in Chairman’s Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill For First Time in 25 Years, Separate Highway Bills Are…

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JOINT STATEMENT: Different Version of Highway Safety Bill by Republicans and Democrats Reflect Different Vision of Public Safety Needs in Response to the Largest Vehicle Safety Recalls in History and Mounting Truck Crash Deaths and Injuries
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Jackie Gillan, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Daphne Izer, Founder, Parents Against Tired Truckers, Jennifer Tierney, N.C. Volunteer Coordinator, Truck Safety Coalition, Joan Claybrook, Chair, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, Jack Gillis, Director of Public Affairs, Consumer…

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Statement of Jackie Gillan on Passage of Senate Funding Bill
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STATEMENT OF JACKIE GILLAN, PRESIDENT OF ADVOCATES FOR HIGHWAY AND AUTO SAFETY, ON SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF THE FY 2016 TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS BILL Today, our highways became more deadly and our families less safe because…

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Senate urged to reject special interest riders
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CONTACT: Bill Bronrott, 202-270-4415 and bronrott@gmail.com MEDIA ADVISORY   Truck crash victims, law enforcement, safety advocates to join Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) as Senate is poised to consider dangerous special interest riders including “Double 33 Trailers” and “Tired Truckers” provisions passed…

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Illinois Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution Opposing Increases to Federal Truck Size and Weight Limits
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For Immediate Release: June 17, 2015 Contact: Jody Couser (443) 703-8678, jodycouser@gmail.com State Action Comes as U.S. Senate is Poised to Consider Transportation Spending Bill, a Likely Vehicle for Anti-Truck Safety “Riders”  U.S. House Transportation Spending Bill (HR 2577) Forces Illinois and…

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USA Today – Help NHTSA turn car safety around: Our view
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Help NHTSA turn car safety around: Our view The Editorial Board, 7:49 p.m. EDT June 15, 2015 Federal watchdog now has the will and the leader needed for change. Congress needs to deliver the way. When the nation’s car safety…

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The Baltimore Sun, Editorial: A dangerous maneuver
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A dangerous maneuver June 3, 2015, 1:39 PM With truck-involved fatalities on the rise, why would Congress relax safety standards? With the number of fatal accidents involving tractor-trailers on the rise, now would seem like the wrong time to consider…

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Advocates joins Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) and other safety advocates to push for passage of the Vehicle Safety Improvement Act (H.R. 1181)
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Schakowsky, Pallone, DeGette and others highlight Vehicle Safety Improvement Act in advance of Takata Hearing June 2, 2015 Victim of Takata Air Bag Failure, Consumer Advocates Urge Congress to Act WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, June 2, the House Energy…

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