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Bill Bronrott will be deputy administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration effective April 27.
Bill Bronrott will be deputy administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration effective April 27.

WASHINGTON — Maryland state legislator Bill Bronrott is joining the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as deputy administrator, he announced Thursday.

His appointment is effective April 27.

A nationally recognized transportation safety leader for 30 years, Bronrott will join FMCSA after serving 12 years in the Maryland House of Delegates where he has championed passage of numerous bills to strengthen the state's teen driving, impaired driving, aggressive driving, pedestrian safety, and child passenger safety laws, according to a statement on Bronrott’s Web site.

Prior to his election to the House of Delegates in 1998, Bronrott served as press secretary and transportation safety advisor to former Rep. Michael D. Barnes of Maryland.

During that time, he helped launch MADD and the war on drunk driving and rallied the Congress to successfully urge President Ronald Reagan to appoint the Presidential Commission on Drunk Driving, the Web site said.

Since 1987, Bronrott has directed his own public affairs and communications firm specializing in a wide range of transportation safety and injury prevention issues at the federal, state and local levels, including truck, bus and car safety.

Over the past two decades, he has also worked with various highway safety organizations on the congressional reauthorization of the federal surface transportation programs known as ISTEA, SAFETEA and SAFETEA-LU.

"Bill Bronrott brings an extraordinary combination of skills and experience from his three decades as a respected highway safety leader, a highly effective public communications practitioner, and as someone dedicated to government service," said FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. "His passionate commitment to transportation safety and his amazing track record of bringing people together to make our roads safer makes him uniquely qualified to help us achieve our safety mission of reducing commercial vehicle crashes and saving lives."

Bronrott also was instrumental in the U.S. House passage of bills establishing the National Uniform 21 Minimum Drinking Age Act, a DOT incentive grant program that provides additional federal aid to states adopting model highway safety laws, and the annual National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month and National Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week, according to his Web site.

Two safety advocacy groups applauded Bronrott’s appointment.

 “Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) commends his appointment. Bronrott has a long, outstanding history of leadership resulting in advances on numerous public health and safety issues including tougher drunk driving measures, vehicle safety standards, seat belt and motorcycle helmet laws, truck and motorcoach safety, and teen driving,” Jacquelin Gillan, vice president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, said. “All of his work on federal and state safety issues has resulted in countless lives saved, serious injuries prevented, and substantial economic savings for families in Maryland and across the country.  He is a talented and effective professional who has unique and important knowledge of federal and state government.  He will make a significant contribution to motor carrier safety as part of the Obama Administration and we look forward to working with him.” 

 “Secretary LaHood is to be congratulated for the appointment of Bill Bronrott. This appointment is critical to efforts to improve motor carrier safety,” Joan Claybrook, chair of Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH) said on behalf of the Truck Safety Coalition. “Since 1998 more than 50,000 people have died in truck crashes.  There is an urgent need for bold and effective leadership at the agency to move forward on overdue and essential safety rules on truck driver Hours of Service, universal use of electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) and reform of safety ratings for motor carriers.  There is also a need for tougher enforcement and penalties especially for carriers that are not safe and operating illegally.  I have known and worked with Mr. Bronrott for over 20 years and he has an extraordinary background in federal and state public policy issues because of his experience as a Maryland state legislator, public relations professional, congressional aide, and most importantly as a skilled and dedicated safety advocate.  The Truck Safety Coalition including Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T.), CRASH and all of the families who have suffered the loss of a child, spouse or parent welcome this appointment.”

The Trucker staff can be reached to comment on this article at editor@thetrucker.com.

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