Trust Your Government To Do The Right Thing?
Dear Care For Crash Victims Community Members:
The Problem Nader has said: “This country has far more problems than it deserves and far more solutions than it applies.”
The U.S.A. continues to face vehicle violence problems resulting in:
* 100 deaths per day – and rising
* 400 serious injuries per day
* Losses valued by DOT at about $2 Billion per day
The U.S. has more safety technology available than ever before in history.
And yet the Obama Administration has failed for nearly 8 years – and nearly 250,000 deaths due to vehicle violence – to set a national Vision Zero Goal. For example, Volvo has set such a goal for zero deaths in or by a new Volvo by the year 2020. Why?
Where is the hope and change for the better, that President Obama promised us?
My recent article on the DOT NHTSA Revolving Door brought me the attached photo of DOT NHTSA and Auto Company Executives. Lots of smiles as the Obama Administration comes to a close.
Some in the media have noted the Revolving Door and coziness of regulators and the “regulated”. Seehttp://www.fairwarning.org/2016/06/self-driving-cars/
But not enough people know about the specific problems of vehicle violence and how government has failed to protect them.
What percentage of the American people think that they can trust their government to do the right thing?
Tribute to Clarence Ditlow From Senator Markey
Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:
I have known Clarence Ditlow for 44 years. His life of hard work for the safety of all Americans has earned him the following tribute from Senator Markey. His engineering and legal research and safety advocacy based on long hour days – year after year – has earned him the appreciation of all Americans. His work has protected us all from harm.
“Congressional Record Thursday, September 29, 2016 TRIBUTE TO CLARENCE M. DITLOW III Mr. MARKEY. Madam President, today I wish to recognize and thank Mr. Clarence M. Ditlow III for his commitment to protecting the American people. Through a lifetime of work improving automotive and safety laws, Mr. Ditlow has helped save thousands of lives and prevented many more injuries than would otherwise have occurred. A tireless champion for consumers, his work has resulted in better government oversight of automakers, the installation of key safety features, and the exposure of safety defects in millions of cars, SUVs, and other trucks. A 1965 chemical engineering graduate of Lehigh University, Mr. Ditlow pivoted to the legal profession following the completion of a JD from Georgetown University in 1970 and an LLM from Harvard Law School in 1971. Since then, he has been instrumental in improving auto safety, reliability, and efficiency as executive director of the Center for Auto Safety. Mr. Ditlow’s discovery of numerous automotive defects, combined with his persistent pressure on safety agencies and automakers alike, led to the removal of many unsafe vehicles from the road. His direct efforts led to the automotive recalls of 6.7 million Chevrolets with defective engine mounts, 15 million Firestone 500 tires, 1.5 million Ford Pintos and 2 million Jeeps with exploding gas tanks, 3 million Evenflo child seats with defective latches, 7 million Toyotas because of sudden acceleration defects, 2 million GM vehicles with defective ignition switches, and over 30 million Takata airbag inflators. He also led consumer efforts to get ‘‘lemon laws’’ passed in all 50 States. I offer my sincere appreciation to Mr. Clarence M. Ditlow III and the Center for Automotive Safety for indefatigable dedication to auto safety and vigilance in uncovering automotive safety threats. Clarence demonstrates the impact a devoted industry watchdog can have on informing the public and saving lives. I am grateful for his years of collaboration with and assistance to Members of Congress, Federal and State safety agencies, and a myriad of other stakeholders, to improve automotive and public safety.”
See Nader ‘s Introduction of Clarence and Clarence’s presentation at a recent Conference to learn how we all have been protected.Watch it athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiYi2zjEp5c
Time starts at5:04:45 to 5:23:10
The Obama DOT Holds “Road To Zero” Conference as Vehicle Violence Deaths Jump
If the Obama Administration were serious, why did they not include people, such as Ralph Nader? The work of Nader, Joan Claybrook, Clarence Ditlow and many others contributed more to saving lives than many of the panelists at this Conference.
At NHTSA we heard every DOT Secretary repeatedly say “Safety is our Number 1 priority.” It became a hallway joke about the hypocrisy of Department Officials. Many DOT Secretaries have gone through the DOT Revolving Door to the auto industry. So keep that in mind when you hear DOT Officials talk about the 94% of the problem being due to human error. And keep your eye on the Revolving Door.
NHTSA Revolving Door Cited by Campaign for Accountability
Dear Care For Crash Victims Community Members:
The Campaign for Accountability (CfA) has called for strengthening NHTSA’s ethics regime.“WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the non-partisan watchdog group Campaign for Accountability (CfA) called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to improve its ethics enforcement program. Documents published by the Google Transparency Project reveal that top NHTSA officials were in frequent contact with Google executives while working on federal guidelines for self-driving cars.
Read the letter here.
Ron Medford, the former deputy director at NHTSA, left the agency in January 2013 to become Google’s Director of Safety for Self-Driving Cars. Prior to joining Google, Mr. Medford – along with a host of other top officials at the Transportation Department — communicated regularly by email with high-level Google officials. The hiring of Mr. Medford was viewed as giving Google “a bureaucrat intimately familiar with the inner-workings of the transportation administration.” Eight months after Mr. Medford joined Google, he arranged a meeting at Google’s headquarters with his successor at NHTSA, David Friedman.
CfA Executive Director Anne Weismann stated, “The close interaction between Google and federal transportation officials raises questions as to whether NHTSA has become too cozy with a company it is charged with regulating.”
In addition to Mr. Medford, at least three other senior NHTSA officials including Administrator David Strickland, Senior Associate Administrator Danny Smith, and Government Affairs Director Chan Lieu left the agency between 2012 and 2015 to aid Google’s work on self-driving cars. Mr. Strickland and Mr. Lieu joined Venable LLP, a law firm that counts Google as a client, and Mr. Smith apparently serves as a Google consultant.
CfA has asked NHTSA to determine whether Mr. Medford followed the relevant ethics rules and regulations when negotiating his employment and move to Google. CfA also has asked NHTSA to develop a more robust ethics enforcement process to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.”
As I and many others have long been advocating, closing the Revolving Door will save many lives and prevent much suffering. See http://www.careforcrashvictims.com/blog-closerevdoor.php