Drop The "A" Word - Not all crashes are accidents

Friday, April 10, 2015

1997 NHTSA Proclamation - "Crashes Aren't Accidents" Campaign

On June 8 1997, at the opening of the Lifesavers Conference in Orlando, Florida, Administrator Ricardo Martinez, M.D., with Secretary Rodney Slater kicked off a new nationwide campaign “Crashes Aren’t Accidents”. The Campaign was initiated by Adminstratror Martinez to encourage removal of the word “accident” from our vocabulary. The campaign kickoff featured proclamation (see photo) announcing the “Crashes Aren’t Accidents” campaign which was signed by the Administrator as part of the ceremony. In a short time, numerous organizations representing thousands of supporters joined the Administrator and literally “signed onto” the Proclamation as well.

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