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GHSA News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2009

Contact: Jonathan Adkins
(202)789-0942, ext.13
(202)669-9746, cell

State Highway Safety Association Praises NHTSA Nominee

Chuck Hurley Appointment Signals Administration’s Strong Safety Commitment

Statement for Attribution to Vernon F. Betkey, Jr., Chairman of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is delighted with President Obama’s excellent choice of Charles A. “Chuck” Hurley to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Chuck is a passionate safety advocate whose career has been dedicated to reducing motor vehicle deaths and injuries on the highways. GHSA has worked closely with him for the last 20 years, during his time at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, National Safety Council and more recently at MADD. During the past two years, we worked together on MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, an effort which has translated into stronger state ignition interlock laws and a renewed nationwide commitment to end the preventable tragedies of drunk driving.

Last month, GHSA announced our ambitious “Toward Zero Deaths: Every Life Counts” initiative to end traffic fatalities. In order to achieve such an aggressive goal, strong national leadership is needed from the White House and NHTSA. By nominating Chuck, President Obama has demonstrated his administration’s strong commitment to rid our nation of the tragic 40,000 deaths each year on our roadways.

I urge the Senate to quickly confirm Chuck’s nomination and I look forward to continuing our excellent working relationship.

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The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)® is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy and enhance program management. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans. Contact GHSA at 202-789-0942 or visit www.ghsa.org.