Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety is an alliance of consumer, health and safety groups and insurance companies and agents working together to make America's roads safer.

Advocates encourages the adoption of federal and state laws, policies and programs that save lives and reduce injuries. By joining its resources with others, Advocates helps build coalitions to increase participation of a wide array of groups in public policy initiatives which advance highway and auto safety.
 

April 9, 2014
Public Health and Safety Leaders, Truck Drivers, Law Enforcement, and Truck Crash Victims Oppose Changing Federal Law to Allow Deadly Bigger and Heavier Trucks in Every State.
Please click here for the media advisory and here for the press release.

January 27, 2014
Advocates' comments submitted to the Federal Highway Administration on the Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21, Pub. L. 112-141).
Please click here for the full comments.

January 22, 2014
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety releases the 2014 Roadmap to State Highway Safety Laws. 
As 2012 highway deaths are up - state legislative action is down. 11th annual Roadmap Report highlights dangerous gaps in state traffic safety laws.

Please click here for the full report, click here for the press kit, and click here for the list of best and worst states.

To view the webcast of the release event, please click here.


January 16, 2014
TIME AND ROOM CHANGE: On Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at 1 p.m. EST Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety will release the 11th Annual Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws. This report grades states on 15 essential highway safety laws. As the report will show, 2012 highway deaths are up, yet state legislative activity on safety laws is down. 
Please click here for the media advisory. 

December 12, 2013
We are pleased to announce that Bill Vainisi, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Allstate Insurance Company, and Joan Claybrook, President Emeritus of Public Citizen, were elected co-chairs of our Board of Directors for 2014.
Please click here for the full press release.

November 20, 2013
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issues final rule, as mandated by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, requiring three-point seat belts by November, 2016 on all new over-the-road buses (commonly known as motorcoaches). This is a significant victory for consumers who rely on this affordable and convenient mode of travel but for decades have been denied basic safety protections.
Please click here for the full statement from Jackie Gillan.

November 14, 2013
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration releases new data showing a significant increase in highway deaths and injuries as the result of motor vehicle crashes in 2012. This is a major public health crisis that demands the attention of elected leaders to implement programs, policies, and laws that will save lives and save taxpayer dollars.
Please click here for the full statement of Jackie Gillan.

November 7, 2013
New recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board highlight serious lack of commercial motor vehicle oversight by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). On-going and chronic lack of proper oversight exercised by FMCSA continues to be demonstrated by frequent, deadly crashes.
Please click here for the full statement from Jackie Gillan.

October 29, 2013
Advocates commends House Transportation and Infrastructure Panel on 21st Century Freight for protecting Federal truck size and weight limits in its final report, ensuring the safety of truck drivers and the American public will not be further jeopardized. 
Please click here for the full statement of Jackie Gillan.

October 21, 2013
Jackie Gillan, President of Advocates, urges Governors and state legislators to acknowledge National Teen Driver Safety Week by committing to push adoption of laws to close dangerous gaps in their teen driving laws that put novice drivers at unnecessary risk.
Please click here for the full statement from Jackie Gillan.

October 3, 2013
The New York Times Editorial Board publishes "A Blind Spot on Rearview Cameras" highlighting the inexcusable delay in issuance of a final rear visibility standard.
Please click here for the full article.

September 25, 2013
Safety advocates and two parents who unintentionally hit their children while backing up file suit against the U.S. Department of Transportation asking a court to order the agency to promptly issue a safety rule mandated by Congress in the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act in 2008 to set federal standards on vehicles' rear visibility. 
Please click for the full press kit and petition
Please click here for a map showing child backover fatalities that occurred between 1990 and 2012 by state. 

September 19, 2013
U.S. DOT withdrawing a critical proposed rule that would have established minimum training standards for new truck and bus drivers. Continued government inaction puts all motorists at risk.
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August 2, 2013
Safety groups and drivers appalled by U.S. Court of Appeals decision on truck driver hours of service rule.
Please click here for the full press release.

June 28, 2013
Advocates congratulates Charlotte, NC Mayor Anthony Foxx on his unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate to be the next Secretary of Transportation. We look forward to continuing our work with the agency under his leadership to promote safer vehicles, safer drivers and safer roads.  Recent increases in motor vehicle fatalities make our efforts to address the unfinished safety agenda an urgent priority.  More than ever, it is important that the Department of Transportation continue to make safety the number one priority to save lives, reduce injuries, and lower costs associated with highway crashes.

June 19, 2013
Jackie Gillan, president of Advocates, writes letter to the editor published in The New York Times regarding the delay of lifesaving rule to prevent deadly backover crashes.
Please click here for the full letter.

June 18, 2013
Advocates Consumer Co-Chair Joan Claybrook testifies before House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit on need to improve safety impact of hours of service rules to provide more protection for truck drivers and the motoring public from the deadly effects of fatigue.
Please click here for the full testimony.

June 17, 2013
Families of victims lost in truck crashes caused by truck drivers asleep behind the wheel and safety advocate Joan Claybrook available to speak to members of the media before House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit hearing "The Impacts of the DOT's Commercial Driver Hours of Service Regulations."
 
WHEN:          Tuesday, June 18th, beginning 9:00am EST
 
WHERE:        Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167, in Hallway
 
WHAT:           House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transithearing, “The Impacts of the DOT’s Commercial Driver Hours of Service Regulations”
 
WHO:             Daphne and Steve Izer (Lisbon, ME) Daphne and Steve lost their 17-year-old son Jeff on October 10, 1993 when a truck driver fell asleep behind the wheel. Jeff, along with three of his friends, were killed and another was seriously injured.  They are the co-founders of Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T.).
 
Jane Mathis (St. Augustine, FL) Jane’s 23-year-old son and his wife had been married for five days in 2004 when they were killed in a truck crash in Titusville, Florida driving home from their honeymoon. The couple was stopped in traffic when a truck driver rear-ended their car. Ms. Mathis is a member of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and a board member of P.A.T.T.
 
Larry Liberatore (Severn, MD) Larry’s son Nick was killed when a tired trucker carrying a load of steel veered across three lanes and ran over the car he was in. The truck driver did not slow down after plowing over the car as he approached a toll booth about 1,000 feet further. Mr. Liberatore is a board member of P.A.T.T..
 
Joan Claybrook, Consumer Co-Chair, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and Former Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 Please click here for the full media availability notice.


June 3, 2013
Advocates expresses our deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and staff of Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey after his passing this morning. Senator Lautenberg was a hero to the highway safety community and was a fearless leader, compassionate advocate, successful legislator, and loyal friend.
Please click here for the full statement of Jackie Gillan.

May 30, 2013
Advocates' Consumer Co-Chair Joan Claybrook selected to the National Freight Advisory Committee. The committee was created as part of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act and will develop recommendations to the U.S. DOT on matters relating to freight transportation. Ms. Claybrook's safety credentials are unparalleled and her depth of experience on transportation and freight issues will be a great asset to the Committee.
Please click here for the full statement of Henry Jasny.

May 15, 2013
U.S. DOT allowing unsafe Mexico-domiciled truck companies to participate in NAFTA pilot program threatening safety of motorists. The U.S. DOT must take swift action to prevent unsafe motor carriers from crossing the border.
Please click here for the full press release.

May 10, 2013
Advocates urges Members of Congress to support passage of lifesaving truck safety legislation, the Safe Highways and Infrastructure Preservation Act (S. 880/H.R. 1906). If enacted, this legislation will prevent constant increases in truck size and weights on Interstate highways and the National Highway System that endanger the motoring public and damage our roads and bridges.
Please click here for the full statement of Henry Jasny.

April 25, 2013
Report issued by Governors Highway Safety Association shows approximate 9% increase in traffic fatalities of motorcyclists for 2012 compared to 2011. This dramatic increase in motorcyclist deaths shows that efforts to reduce motorcycle crashes through education and voluntary programs have failed. Governors and state legislatures must act now to pass life-saving all-rider helmet laws.
Please click here for the full statement of Henry Jasny.

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