Does CAFE Kill?

Does CAFE Kill?

Leading Traffic Safety Researcher to Discuss Federal Fuel Economy Standards Program at CEI
January 14, 2002

Washington, D.C., January 15, 2002—As the debate over fuel economy standards heats up, one of the world’s leading traffic safety researchers addresses the question—Does CAFE Kill?  Dr. Leonard Evans will discuss the corporate average fuel economy program (CAFE) this Thursday, January 17 at 10 a.m. at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

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Last summer the National Academy of Sciences reported that CAFE may contribute to as many as 2,600 deaths each year because the program has forced the downsizing of cars, making them less crashworthy.  Despite those findings, there is a widespread push for more stringent CAFE standards.  Advocates of higher standards dispute the existence of any trade-off between fuel economy and safety, and argue that new technologies make it possible to have higher standards without any safety trade-off.


What are CAFE’s safety risks?  Can higher fuel economy standards avoid these risks, or will it make them worse? 


Dr. Leonard Evans is president of the International Traffic Medicine Association, former president of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, the recipient of numerous traffic safety awards, and author of the widely acclaimed book, Traffic Safety and the Driver.


What: Does CAFE Kill?  Featuring Dr. Leonard Evans, internationally renowned traffic safety expert When:

Thursday, January 17, 2002

10 a.m., *Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided Where:

Competitive Enterprise Institute

1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Suite 1250

Washington, D.C. R.S.V.P.

Megan McLaughlin

202.331.1010, ext. 227

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