Safety Council honors the late Senator Frank Lautenberg from New Jersey for his
immense contributions to making our roadways safer.
As a member of the Senate Commerce and Environment and Public Works Committees,
Senator Lautenberg helped push through transportation safety improvements that
have made American roadways safer for all.
Over the past
30 years, Lautenberg’s long list of achievements includes authoring the law
that set the minimum drinking age at 21 in 1984 as well as lowering the legal
blood-alcohol limit to 0.08 in 2000. He was also the driving force in passing
legislation to address fatigue and hours of service requirements for many
More recently, he was a strong supporter for
the federal highway bill, MAP-21, and its safety provisions which provide
funding to states to address high priority transportation safety issues,
including distracted driving, teen safe driving, drunk driving, occupant
protection, motorcyclist safety and data collection.
Lautenberg was a passionate and tireless advocate for transportation safety.
His leadership lead to dramatic reductions in injuries and deaths on our
nation’s roadways” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the National
The National Safety Council is incredibly
thankful for all of his lifesaving work over the past 30 years. We join the
entire transportation community in remembering a true champion.