Sen. Chris Van Hollen added a Tribute to Dr. Rolf H. Eppinger to the Congressional Record

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:
Sen. Chris Van Hollen has added a Tribute to Rolf H. Eppinger to the Congressional Record for his work at NHTSA contributing to saving thousands of lives.

Rolf’s work, combined with the work of many NHTSA alumni and safety advocates, leaves a lasting legacy to humanity worldwide that will continue to grow far into the future.

In these difficult days, it is an especially inspiring addition of a record of good governance to the historical record of the Nation.

Corruption at CDC

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

Needless deaths with no end in sight.

Legal Reader has kindly published an article I submitted pro bono in hopes that it might help at least a little.
Please see

I have long hoped and worked toward “Building A Safer America”.


But history shows us that the corruption is so pervasive and persistent that lives are lost needlessly and seemingly endlessly in large part to endless political corruption.


Lou Lombardo

Big Law & 2020 Election Influence

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:
Legal Reader has published a Pro Bono article I submitted on the 2020 Election.
It gives me no pleasure to write this article, but I believe the public needs to know what is happening to us, and how, and why.
Hopefully it will help – at least in down ballot races.
Following the money is the first step in reducing the corruption.


50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

We are living and dying from the invisible violence of the corona virus.   By Earth Day April 22, 2020 the virus has resulted in more U.S. deaths in 2020 than are killed in car crashes in an average year.

I have just written an article published by Legal Reader on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.  

The idealism of the months after the first Earth Day that I observed was exciting.   I had the privilege of participating in the Clean Air Car Race that summer.   I described my experience at

The idealism expressed on and after Earth Day was soon subverted.   Months later the loss of Public Health protections began under the Nixon Administration. The Nixon Administration transferred the air pollution program, in which I worked, from the PHS to the new EPA at the end of 1970.  

EPA managers were heard to make sick jokes celebrating the downgrading of the mission from protecting people to protecting birds and bunnies.

Within a year, auto company executives were meeting with Nixon seeking relief from auto standards on air pollution and safety.  See

More historical landmark documents of the times are at

The 2020 Car Book

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community:

We live in an era of danger from the invisible violence of the corona virus. And in danger from more than 40 years of corporate capture of many regulatory agencies including NHTSA.  

We increasingly need information to protect ourselves.

As the people of the U.S. approach our 4 millionth death and billionth injury from vehicular violence there is one valuable source of safety information available to us.  

I have just written an article published by Legal Reader on the new 2020 Car Book.  

I think of the Car Book as a Tragedy Preventer.  If you think I am exaggerating read the article and the evidence.  It is at

Car Book information can save you time, money, and aggravation, and may save your life – if you use it to make wise decisions.

Here’s how you can order the 40th Anniversary (and final print copy):

And here’s how you can access the online version:

Center for Auto Safety


Response to U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s Irresponsible Rulemaking Changes

Dear care for crash victims community members:
Please see excellent article in the Washington Post on the Trump Administration’s latest attack on the safety of Americans. We know more tragedies will follow.  We don’t know which families will suffer nor the nature and severity of the harm they will suffer.  See article at
And see press release from Advocates forwarded below.
Lou Lombardo

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Pete Daniels<>
Date: Fri, Dec 6, 2019 at 5:14 PM
Subject: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Response to U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s Irresponsible Rulemaking Changes
Cc: Pete Daniels <>

CONTACT: Pete Daniels / / 202-408-1711 / 301-442-2249 (C)


Statement of Cathy Chase,

President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety,

On U.S. Department of Transportation Rulemaking Changes

Overdue safety rules will be delayed further, costing lives and threatening the safety of all road users

Thursday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced it will be codifying changes to the current rulemaking process that will stymie the process for issuing safety rules.  This action is ill-advised, irresponsible and perilous.  This drastic alteration will require the U.S. DOT to identify two regulations to be revoked before it can issue a new rule, regardless of its benefit to public safety.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 36,560 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2018.  While the U.S. DOT is claiming these actions have saved $3.7 billion since the start of the current Administration, crashes impose a cost to society of nearly $1 trillion each year.  Impeding the implementation of commonsense, lifesaving auto safety regulations will only exacerbate this horrific death and economic toll. 

A significant backlog of safety regulations awaits action by NHTSA on essential issues ranging from child passenger safety to motorcoach design improvements.  Approximately a dozen overdue safety rulemakings mandated by Congress in recent surface transportation bills (MAP-21 (Pub. L. 112-141) and FAST Act (Pub. L. 114-94)) could be saving lives if issued today.

Furthermore, NHTSA’s failure to require minimum performance standards for automated vehicles is endangering the motoring public and all road users.  The Agency has instead issued only voluntary guidelines that give auto makers and tech companies wide latitude to push this uncertain technology onto our roadways without adequate safeguards in place.  Recent findings by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in its investigation of a fatal 2018 crash in Tempe, Arizona involving an autonomous test vehicle underscore the need for strong federal oversight. 

It is particularly confounding that the U.S. DOT claims these changes will improve transparency in the rulemaking process, yet these actions were done behind closed doors without public comment or review.  Saving lives, preventing injuries and reducing the economic costs of traffic crashes through safety standards must remain at the core of U.S. DOT’s mission.  Sadly, this action by U.S. DOT throws safety in reverse.

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety is an alliance of consumer, medical, public health, and safety groups and insurance companies and agents working together to make America’s roads safer.  Advocates’ mission is the adoption of federal and state laws, policies and programs that prevent motor vehicle crashes, save lives, reduce injuries, and contain costs.


Lou Lombardo