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MEMBERS OF CONGRESS RECEIVE AWARDS FOR SAFETY LEADERSHIP

 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS RECEIVE AWARDS FOR SAFETY LEADERSHIP
 /ADVANCE/ WASHINGTON, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Seven senators and eight representatives were honored in Washington today by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety for their outstanding leadership during deliberations on the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991.
 "The impressive commitment to safety by these members of Congress means that all Americans will be driving safer cars on safer roadways in the future," said Judith Lee Stone, executive director of Advocates. "During nearly 18 months of deliberation, these members were committed to making the highway bill more than just the traditional construction go-ahead. The bill which President Bush signed into law last December will save thousands of lives and prevent millions of injuries every year on our nation's highways. We commend each of these dedicated legislators for making this life- saving law a reality."
 The six-year, $150-billion surface transportation bill authorized numerous highway and auto safety measures, including: provisions to encourage state safety belt and motorcycle helmet use laws; requirements for a broad range of safety features (including air bags and anti-lock brakes) in all cars, vans and light trucks; better child booster seats; a freeze on double and triple-trailer trucks; stronger anti-drunk driving programs; new requirements to help prevent head injury in car crashes; improved enforcement efforts to reduce excessive speeding; and improved highway and bridge safety programs.
 The 15 honorees were Sens. Richard H. Bryan (D-Nev.); Quentin N. Burdick (D-N.D.); John H. Chafee (R-R.I.); John C. Danforth (R-Mo.); Slade Gorton (R-Wash.); Ernest F. Hollings (D-S.C.) and Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.); and Reps. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.); John Paul Hammerschmidt (R-Ark.); Norman Y. Mineta (D-Calif.); Matthew J. Rinaldo (R-N.J.); Robert A. Roe (D-N.J.); Bud Shuster (R-Pa.); Gerry Sikorski (D-Minn.); and Al Swift (D-Wash.). In addition, Reps. William Lehman (D-Fla.) and Lawrence Coughlin (R-Pa.), who are retiring from Congress, were honored for their commitment to safety during their tenures.
 Approximately 200 key safety proponents and activists attended the "Celebration of Safety" reception and awards ceremony on Capitol Hill late this afternoon. The award was a solid brass kaleidoscope made in a Massachusetts craft studio, with an inscription describing each honoree as "A Safety Leader with Vision." Coughlin and Lehman received crystal Capitol domes with an inscription thanking them for their years of safety leadership.
 The awards were presented by board members of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, an alliance of consumer, safety and law enforcement groups and insurance and agents organizations formed to promote adoption of effective highway safety legislation, standards, policies and programs at national and state levels in order to reduce deaths, injuries and economic costs associated with crashes, fraud and theft involving motor vehicles.
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