Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Day


WHEREAS, founded in 1959 by three major insurance associations, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from crashes on the nation’s roads; and

WHEREAS, by 1992, IIHS, opened its Vehicle Research Center (VRC) in Ruckersville, Virginia, to focus on crash tests, vehicle ratings, and safety features, helping consumers and manufacturers nationwide design cars and trucks with the tests in mind; and

WHEREAS, IIHS is committed to helping manufacturers make safer vehicles, by providing educational and scientific data to inform auto makers and insurance companies about the risks of operating a vehicle in multiple terrains; and

WHEREAS, over the years, IIHS has been instrumental in influencing states to adopt detailed safety laws, including stricter laws about seat belts, graduated licensing, and red light and speed cameras; and

WHEREAS, IIHS has authorized $30 million to expand the VRC into a world-class facility for crash avoidance testing, allowing insurers to continue to play a lead role in improving highway safety; and

WHEREAS, on September 11, 2015, IIHS will host insurance companies at the Ruckersville facility to talk about the expansion and the current work being done to improve highway safety; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is committed to the expanded research and education on crash prevention that can reduce road crashes and ultimately make safer vehicles and save lives;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 11, 2015, as INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.