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AAA MARKS 90 YEARS SERVICE TO MEMBERS, TRAVELING PUBLIC

 AAA MARKS 90 YEARS SERVICE TO MEMBERS, TRAVELING PUBLIC
 ORLANDO, Fla., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Automobile Association -- which has grown from fewer than 1,000 members in 1902 to more than 33 million today -- will mark its 90th anniversary March 4.
 AAA was founded by pioneer automobilists to safeguard the interest of motorists and aid in the development of better roads and services to car owners. Today it is one of the world's largest travel organizations.
 "While we have become more sophisticated in our ability to provide quality auto and travel-related services, the fundamental AAA principle of promoting safe and enjoyable travel for members and the traveling public continues to guide this organization," said AAA President Paul R. Verkuil.
 AAA, which reached one million members in 1940, grew at the rate of almost one million members annually in the 1980s. During that period, AAA membership increased 48 percent.
 AAA members currently represent approximately 18 percent of licensed drivers in the United States and own 21 percent of the nation's registered passenger cars.
 Throughout its history, the association has been instrumental in the fight for better roads.
 AAA supported the 1903 "Good Roads Bill," federal legislation establishing the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads. It worked for adoption of the first federal aid highway act in 1916 and was instrumental in passage of the 1956 Federal Aid Highway Act, which created the Interstate Highway System.
 In addition to responding to more than 21 million emergency road service calls each year from members, AAA has been a pioneer in developing public service programs, such as school safety patrols, driver education, drunk driver rehabilitation, pedestrian safety, energy conservation, and gasoline price and availability surveys.
 AAA has consistently led the fight against increased fuel taxes for non-transportation purposes and unreasonable levies on air travelers and vacationers.
 Presently, AAA is working with the federal government, General Motors Corp., the state of Florida and the city of Orlando in developing this country's most comprehensive intelligent vehicle/highway systems program. The one-year TravTek test program will be kicked off in the late March in Orlando, Fla.
 "During this decade and beyond, AAA plans to be at the forefront of the nation's efforts to help find solutions for traffic congestion, vehicle safety and environmental concerns," Verkuil said.
 AAA is a not-for-profit federation of 145 motor clubs that provides its members with travel, insurance, financial and auto- related services.
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 /CONTACT: Jerry Cheske or Geoff Sundstrom of the American Automobile Association, 407-444-8000/ CO: American Automobile Association ST: Florida IN: AUT SU:


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