MADD National President Testifies in Support of Autonomous Vehicles
U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Holds Hearing
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 14, 2017) — Colleen Sheehey-Church, National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), testified today in support of autonomous vehicle technology as a tool to eliminate the scourge of drunk driving, which kills more than 10,000 people every year.
“Autonomous Vehicles represent another technology that presents an enormous potential to eliminate drunk driving and other behavioral-related traffic deaths. MADD strongly supports this technology and hopes it will begin as soon and as safely as possible,” said Sheehey-Church.
MADD is asking members of the committee to consider:
Supporting federal regulatory framework
Supporting existing state regulatory system
Support for level four and five autonomous technologies
Support for evaluating the technology as it evolves
“Autonomous Vehicle technology provides the opportunity to eliminate traffic deaths, including drunk driving fatalities. There is a major role for the federal government to play in ensuring that these vehicles are safe. It is also important to create a national regulatory framework to ensure that the technology can move forward and build public support,” Sheehey-Church said. “MADD will continue to strongly support the safe development of this technology and work to build public acceptance for the adoption of autonomous vehicles so that people understand the safety benefit of these cars with regard to behavioral safety.”
About Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. MADD has helped to save more than 350,000 lives, reduce drunk driving deaths by more than 50 percent and promote designating a non-drinking driver. MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® calls for law enforcement support, ignition interlocks for all offenders and advanced vehicle technology. MADD has provided supportive services to nearly one million drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge through local victim advocates and the 24-Hour Victim Help Line 1-877-MADD-HELP. Visit www.madd.org or call 1-877-ASK-MADD.