Three Star Coalition expands

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Mark Rosekind, NHTSA Administrator, spoke at the conference and posed for a photo with Draisin and Kay Brodbeck of Mississippi, who implements public safety programs for children like Ollie Otter and Buckle Bear.
Mark Rosekind, NHTSA Administrator, spoke at the conference and posed for a photo with Draisin and Kay Brodbeck of Mississippi, who implements public safety programs for children like Ollie Otter and Buckle Bear.

The Three Star Coalition, a group of organizations advocating for minimum safety standards on roads, is growing. The Coalition now has 48 members ranging from the Uganda Red Cross to Roads for Life, Lebanon.

The National Association of Women Highway Safety Leaders (NAWHSL), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are the two most recent members of the Coalition. The AAP represents 64,000 pediatricians committed to the health of all children, from infants to young adults. NAWHSL is the first and only organization of American women leaders with goals exclusively devoted to traffic crash prevention. Both organizations have also shown their support for child road safety, by signing the Child Declaration.

Each organization is a natural fit for the Coalition. The FIA Foundation and Three Star Coalition connected with the AAP at the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Roundtable in Washington, DC, which aims to leverage the World Bank to drive more urgency around NCDs, among other goals. The AAP has a history of dedication to child road safety, and spoke at the ‘Child Road Safety in the Americas: A UN Global Road Safety Week Regional Conference’ earlier this year in Costa Rica.

NAWHSL was heavily involved in the Coalition even before the organization officially joined. In seeking bipartisan support from Congress for their letter to the World Bank requesting minimum safety standards on all roads, the Coalition turned to NAWHSL. NAWHSL state representatives around the country immediately reached out to their Congressional representatives, helping garner the support of Senator Perdue as one of the leads on the letter, and several other signatories.

NAWHSL also has a long history of moving the needle on road safety. Each state Governor appoints a representative to NAWHSL, who in turn serves as a dedicated volunteer. Since its inception in 1967, NAWSHL has informed and educated citizens at the grassroots and community level. The organization was the first to pass a resolution supporting the Decade of Action for Road Safety.

At their annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee, NAWHSL invited US Manager Natalie Draisin to join their Board of Advisors. Honored, Draisin spoke at the conference and thanked NAWHSL for their continued support over the years, and for officially joining the Coalition and signing the Child Declaration.