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GHSA News Release

July 16, 2008

Contact: Jonathan Adkins

GHSA Chairman Lays Out Highway Safety Priorities Before Congress

Calls for Making Highway Safety a National Priority

WASHINGTON, D.C.—GHSA Chairman Chris Murphy testified today before the House Transportation Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. Murphy shared GHSA’s recommended changes to the federal behavioral highway safety programs to be considered in the upcoming highway reauthorization.

During the hearing, Improving Highway Safety: Assessing the Effectiveness of the NHTSA's Highway Traffic Safety Programs, Chairman Murphy shared the dais with: Katherine Siggerud, Managing Director, Physical Infrastructure, GAO; Jim Ports, Deputy Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Chairman Murphy advocated streamlining highway safety program administration, making refinements in the current incentive programs and authorizing a new speed management incentive program. Murphy also encouraged Congress to maintain strong federal leadership in the issue of highway safety.

Specific recommendations include the following:

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GHSA’s complete testimony is available online at pdf icon [127 KB, 8 pgs.].

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