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Action Alert for NH Seat Belt Requirement Bill
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On February 6, the New Hampshire General Court House Transportation Committee heard House Bill (HB) 1259. This bill would enact a primary enforcement seat belt requirement for all occupants. New Hampshire is the only state without an adult seat belt law. The Committee vote count is now reported to have tipped in favor of the opposition. We need to shore up the support of those voting for HB 1259 and convince as many reported NO votes as possible to vote YES.

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Urgent Action Needed on NH Seat Belt Bill
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On February 6, the New Hampshire General Court House Transportation Committee heard House Bill (HB) 1259. This bill would enact a primary enforcement seat belt requirement to ensure all occupants buckle up. New Hampshire is the only state without an adult seat belt law. We need to shore up the support of those voting for HB 1259 as well as tip a few leaning toward NO to vote for the measure. If you have limited time, please send at least an email to the whole Committee at the address provided below.

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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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