|American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
Founded in 1933, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators is a voluntary association of public-service executives responsible for motor vehicle administration, driver-licensing issues and the enforcement of state and national laws that govern the use of vehicles on the roads in the U.S. and Canada. The association seeks to improve the administration of motor vehicle and law enforcement agencies by providing educational forums for its jurisdictional members to exchange ideas; to more effectively serve the driving public by encouraging jurisdictions to implement uniform laws and regulations; and to foster excellence in service to its diverse customer base by providing jurisdictional service delivery best practices.
American Association of State Highway and
Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It is the only national public sector association that represents all five transportation modes: air, highway, public transportation, rail, and water. Its primary goal is to foster the development, operation, and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system.
AASHTO develops voluntary standards and guidelines which are widely used in the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of national highway and transportation facilities.
AASHTO publishes more than 100 manuals and specification guides covering such areas as transportation, administration, safety, design, construction, and maintenance.
American Motorcyclist Association (AMA)
The American Motorcyclist Association is a non-profit organization with a membership of more than 265,000 motorcycle enthusiasts. Established in 1924, the Associations purpose is to pursue, protect and promote the interests of motorcyclists, while serving the needs of its members.
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
FHWA is a part of the Department of Transportation and is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with field offices across the U.S. Its mission is to create the best transportation system in the world for the American people through proactive leadership, innovation, and excellence in service. FHWA provides expertise, resources, and information to continually improve the quality of our nations highway system and its intermodal connections. The FHWA performs its mission through these main programs:
The Federal-Aid Highway Program provides federal financial assistance to the states to construct and improve the National Highway System, urban and rural roads, and bridges. The program provides funds for general improvements and development of safe highways and roads.
The Federal Lands Highway Program provides access to and within national forests, national parks, Indian reservations and other public lands by preparing plans, letting contracts, supervising construction facilities, and conducting bridge inspections and surveys.
Head Protection Research Laboratory (HPRL)
The Head Protection Research Laboratory is a non-profit, public-benefit research organization. HPRL was originally within the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. HPRL faculty and staff conducted the 1981 DOT-NHTSA sponsored study of 900 motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles, and continue to study motorcycle crashes and protective equipment in the U.S. and internationally.
International Association of Chiefs of Police
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the worlds oldest and largest non-profit membership organization of police executives, with over 17,000 members in more than 100 different countries. IACPs leadership consists of the operating chief executives of international, federal, state, and local agencies of all sizes.
Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)
Since March 1973, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has set internationally recognized standards of excellence in motorcycle safety. The MSF works with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, state governments, and other organizations such as the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators to improve motorcyclist education and operator licensing. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is a national, non-profit organization sponsored by the U.S. manufacturers and distributors of BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha motorcycles.
National Association of Governors Highway
Safety Representatives (NAGHSR)
NAGHSR is the voice of the states in highway safety. This 501(c)(3) non-profit association represents the highway safety programs of states and territories on the human factors of highway safety. Such areas include occupant protection, impaired driving, speed enforcement, and motor carrier, school bus, pedestrian, and bicycle safety. NAGHSRs mission is to provide leadership in the development of national policy to ensure effective highway safety programs.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA was established under the U.S. Department of Transportation by the Highway Safety Act of 1970, as the successor to the National Highway Safety Bureau, to carry out safety programs under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 and the Highway Safety Act of 1966. The Vehicle Safety Act has subsequently been recodified under Title 49 of the U.S. Code in Chapter 301, Motor Vehicle Safety. NHTSA also carries out consumer programs established by the Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act of 1972, which has been recodified in various chapters under Title 49.
NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. This is accomplished by setting and enforcing safety performance standards for motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment, and through grants to state and local governments to enable them to conduct effective local highway safety programs.
NHTSA investigates safety defects in motor vehicles, sets and enforces fuel economy standards, helps states and local communities reduce the threat of drunk drivers, promotes the use of safety belts, child safety seats and air bags, investigates odometer fraud, establishes and enforces vehicle antitheft regulations and provides consumer information on motor vehicle safety topics.
NHTSA also conducts research on driver behavior and traffic safety, to develop the most efficient and effective means of bringing about safety improvements.
State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA)
The National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA) was established by MSF in 1984 as a forum for the exchange of information among state-sponsored motorcycle-education programs. The SMSA works to foster and promote state-administered motorcycle safety programs and to represent concerns related to motorcycle safety by working cooperatively with those individuals and organizations with an interest in motorcycle safety.
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