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ROSE McMURRAY NAMED HEAD OF NHTSA TRAFFIC SAFETY PROGRAMS

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ROSE McMURRAY NAMED HEAD OF NHTSA TRAFFIC SAFETY PROGRAMS

NHTSA
January 26, 1999

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 02-99
January 26, 1999
Contact: Tim Hurd
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Ricardo Martinez, M.D. today announced the appointment of Rose A. McMurray as associate administrator for traffic safety programs for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

"Rose brings talent, many years of DOT experience and superb management ability to this demanding position with its responsibilities involving the safety of all Americans-- particularly safety belt use and the fight against drunk driving," Dr. Martinez said. "Safety is President Clinton's top transportation priority."

The associate administrator for traffic safety programs provides national leadership and technical assistance to the motoring public, states, local communities, public and private organizations and other federal agencies. The programs deal with alcohol and drug impaired driving; the use of safety belts, child safety seats and air bags; bicycle, pedestrian, motorcycle and school bus transportation; police traffic services; emergency medical services; traffic records; and driver licensing. She will help develop national goals and objectives for traffic safety and build the base of communications, research, evaluation, information collection and analysis to accomplish them.

McMurray is a graduate of West Virginia University and has progressed through a number of key management positions in DOT and its Research and Special Programs, Federal Transit and Federal Highway Administrations. During her tenure with the U.S. Department of Transportation, she also has served on and led a number of high level task groups within the Office of the Secretary of Transportation. She held a number of senior leadership positions in the Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), including a one-year assignment as the acting administrator of the agency in 1993. In 1996, she left RSPA to assume the position of Director of the Office of Motor Carrier Safety and Technology in the Federal Highway Administration. She has been in that position until this move to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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