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 LISLE, Ill., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Budget Rent a Car today expressed dismay and regret over continued attacks against tourists in the Miami area.
 "Repeated incidents of violence against tourists in the Miami area will impact economic benefits derived from the tourism industry," said William N. Plamondon, Budget's president and chief executive officer. "It is time for us all to take a hard look at curtailing actions that compromise the safety and well-being of visitors and residents alike."
 Early this year, Budget approached the Florida State Department of Highway and Safety to seek approval to replace "lease," "Y" or "Z" license plates with generic license plates on its vehicles. Budget's fleet of approximately 25,000 cars in Florida since has been equipped with generic plates. Additionally, Budget has removed all identifying stickers from the exterior of its cars in Florida.
 Budget has created and is distributing a safety tips list in several languages, including English, Spanish, and German, and is ahead of the Dade County mandate for providing multi-lingual maps to renters.
 In addition, Budget's rental counter agents have been reminded in recent months about the importance of providing verbal warnings to tourists to use caution when traveling in the state. Agents also inform travelers about a number of safety services and equipment they might want to take advantage of, including: cellular phones and local maps for additional reference.
 Budget in 1992 initiated its safety program nationwide with the removal of identifying stickers from its corporate fleet of cars and this year, has extended the policy to fleets owned and operated by its licensees.
 Additionally, Budget will soon introduce in the U.S. its corporate Safety Tips Brochure with information directed to the safety of its renters.
 This week, Budget executives will meet in Washington, D.C. with officials of the American Car Rental Association to discuss legislation and industry-wide issues related to safety.
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 /CONTACT: Sandra Allen of Budget Rent A Car, 708-955-7058/

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