This Just In: NHTSA Nominee Withdrawn

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) CEO Chuck Hurley has withdrawn as President Obama's top pick to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), according to  Associated Press, amid questioning by some environmental groups about Hurley's commitment to tougher fuel efficiency and his ties to automakers. During Hurley's tenure, several automakers had provided funding to MADD.

 

Hurley, who has headed MADD since 2005, is a proponent of installation of ignition interlocks in all vehicles, not just those of repeat drunk driving offenders, and of several other anti-alcohol policies. He has been quoted as admitting to MADD taking “neo-prohibitionist” positions under his leadership.

NHTSA, which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has a mission to “save lives, prevent injuries and reduce vehicle-related crashes,” is involved in research, education and information dissemination regarding automobile safety. Last year, NHTSA initiated a five-year, $10 million initiative in support of ignition interlock.

Editor’s Note: Not familiar with ignition interlock? Check out my blog, “Your House is on Fire” at www.nightclub.com  or visit www.interlockfacts.com.

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