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.
 

July 29, 2014
Senate Commerce Subcommittee to hold hearing on truck safety on Tuesday, July 29th in the Russell Senate Office Building. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety Consumer Co-Chair Joan Claybrook to testify. Media availability will occur at 2:30 p.m. prior to the hearing, outside room 253. 
Please click here for the media availability and here for the full testimony.

June 18, 2014
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety celebrates 25 years of promoting lifesaving laws and program resulting in safer vehicles, safer drivers and safer roads. Reception held on Capitol Hill honors Highway Safety Heroes, Lifetime Achievement Safety Award recipients and presents the inaugural Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Highway Safety Leadership Award. Results of a new report showing major public health and economic benefits of enacting highway and auto safety laws also announced. 
Please click here for the press release, here for the full list of award recipients, and here for the full report by Dr. Ted Miller.

June 16, 2014
Senators Booker and Blumenthal join truck crash victims' families, safety groups, law enforcement labor groups and trucking companies in opposition to attack on truck safety. Press call-in as Senate debates FY 2015 THUD Appropriations Bill this week.
Please click here for the media advisory.

June 9, 2014

May 21, 2014
Deadly special interest exemptions from federal truck safety regulations slipped into House Appropriations bill. Local and national safety, labor, environment, consumer and public health groups oppose.
Please click here for the full press release.

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.
Click here for the full press release.

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