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AVIA Statement on NHTSA’s First Crash Report Of 2022

Washington, D.C. - The Autonomous Vehicle Industry Association (AVIA) issued the following statement on NHTSA’s crash data for the first quarter of 2022, which revealed that roadway fatalities remain near all-time highs:

“In 2021, roadway fatalities spiked by the largest annual percentage increase since the tracking system started in 1975. Today, NHTSA released crash data showing this tragic trend shows no signs of slowing down in 2022 as dangerous behaviors like speeding, impaired and distracted driving continue to climb,” said Ariel Wolf, general counsel for AVIA.

“AVs are designed to significantly mitigate the safety risks we face on U.S. roads. AVs don’t speed, drive impaired or get distracted. It’s past time for NHTSA, USDOT and Congress to accelerate progress on policies that support the development and expansion of AVs for our shared goal: safer American roads.”