Statement from Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, on the Federal Automated Vehicle Policy

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The mission of the National Safety Council is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. (PRNewsFoto/National Safety Council)

The National Safety Council applauds the release of the Federal Automated Vehicle Policy from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With an estimated 19,000 fatalities in the first six months of this year, more must be done. Today, the driving public is the winner.

This policy gives carmakers and states the green light to innovate while keeping safety at the forefront.  Until cars are truly autonomous with 100 percent reliability, we are still our cars’ best safety feature.

Today, NHTSA has provided a much-needed path forward; we hope innovative manufacturers will embrace the Administration’s guidelines as a blueprint for saving lives and preventing injuries.

About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.