f r o m t h e t o p S a f e t y R e m a i n s P r i o r i t y # 1
The first objective in AAMVA’s strategic plan is to “contribute toward a significant and measurable
improvement in highway safety.” Our activi- ties to promote “one driver, one record” and “one vehicle, one record,” and much of our work with U.S. government agencies, strong- ly support this objective.
Director, California Department of Motor Vehicles and aamva Chair of the Board
In September, AAMVA was represented at the annual meeting of the Governors Highway Safety Association, and had the opportunity to explain our older driver pro- grams and the need for additional funding and focus on safety in transportation reau- thorization next year. A similar opportunity gave AAMVA a chance to discuss safety chal- lenges with the alternative and electric ve- hicle community.
This issue of Move focuses on the anato- my of a safe driver by looking at important developments in ignition interlock, consid- ering distracted driving developments and providing an in-depth report of the financial side of traffic crashes.
Neil D. Schuster
aamva President & ceo
Our theme proves to be very current. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety pro- duced a report in mid-September suggest- ing that licensing at later ages substantially reduce crashes involving teen drivers. IIHS reports it is difficult to separate the relative contribution of immaturity and experience toward higher teen crashes, but “the bottom line is that when we look at the research, rais- ing the driving age saves lives.”
In the following pages you will also find articles on driver improvement programs and motorcycle safety concerns. Scroll through the electronic pages of our Web site where we look at vision screening requirements and uncover the connection between safety campaigns and social media—a topic signifi- cantly covered in Move ’s Winter issue.
MOVE | Fall 2008
AAMVA is working with a broad range of safety organizations, including the Ameri- can Association of State Highway and Trans- portation Officials (AASHTO), the Governors Highway Safety Association, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), the Interna- tional Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and many others to develop a common mes- sage on safety for the upcoming political de- bate on transportation reauthorization.
A constrained fiscal environment pres- ents many challenges, but AAMVA and its safety partners are converging on common themes to stress in the debate. Recently, AASHTO adopted language supporting our proposed “one driver, one record system,” and we will continue to look for partners to support our safety goals.
At the end of September, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) hosted a Road Safety Forum in Ottawa for about 125 government and non- government road safety experts.
CCMTA President Sherry Wolf noted that Canada’s national road safety plan—Road Safety Vision 2010—“is entering the final two years of its term and planning for a sub- sequent road safety program is underway.”
The Forum was held in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Po- lice’s 2008 Traffic Symposium and CCMTA’s standing committee meetings.
Move hasn’t forgotten about REAL ID, and we cover the latest updates on a page specifically crafted for this important topic. And as went to press with this issue, the De- partment of Homeland Security was poised to release REAL ID grant funds to the states.
Last, but not least On Queue and Taglines explain some of the important decisions made by our Board of Directors over the last few months.
Buckle your seatbelts and enjoy the ride through this safety-infused issue of Move!