Booker Praises Modernization of NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Rating System
Booker has championed new safety technologies and called for swift adoption of contemporary safety policies to reflect the modern era
WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced changes to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 5-Star Safety Ratings for new vehicles. Among other updates, the 5-Star Safety Ratings will now encompass assessment of crash-avoidance and advanced technologies, bringing the program into the modern era.
“I applaud the DOT’s decision to include crash avoidance systems and advanced technologies as aspects of the NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings system. We have seen far too many fatal and life-altering crashes that could have been prevented with modern technology. I have urged the modernization of our transportation policies to reflect new technological advancements, and today the DOT did just that. These updates will greatly improve vehicle safety and help save lives in New Jersey and across the country. I hope the NHTSA will continue working to accelerate the positive effects of new vehicle safety technologies as they continue to emerge and evolve.”
In June, Booker, a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, sent a letter to National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationAdministrator Mark Rosekind to urging swift action to promote collision avoidance systems in cars and trucks, establish performance standards, and move forward with these critical recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board.