FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
James Brown, President
National Federation of the Blind Tennessee
National Federation of the Blind of Tennessee Comments on the SAVE Act
Nashville, Tennessee (March 21, 2017): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Tennessee commented today on the SAVE Act currently being considered by the state’s legislature. The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind of Tennessee is to assist all blind Tennesseans to live and work as equal participants of society.
As the state affiliate of the National Federation of the blind, NFB of Tennessee endorses NFB President Mark Riccobono’s statement in the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets’ March 09, 2017 Press Release: “The National Federation of the Blind has been engaged in research and experimentation surrounding the potential for new vehicle technology since the early 2000s….We are therefore enthusiastic about the work of the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, and we are eager to contribute our expertise to foster sound public policy and accessible user interface designs that will finally empower the blind with the freedom and independence that other drivers take for granted and the benefits that autonomous vehicles offer to everyone. I look forward to the work that we will do together toward a safer, more mobile future in which all of us, blind and sighted, can hit the road and live the lives we want.”
Therefore, the NFB of Tennessee fully endorses the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets Statement on the SAVE Act: “We do not support state bills currently under consideration in many states, including Georgia, Tennessee, Illinois and Maryland, which would favor one company, create an uneven playing field and deter life-saving innovations from reaching citizens in these states, by precluding or severely limiting technology companies from testing or deploying fully autonomous vehicles.”
James Brown, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Tennessee, said: “Our organization supports the development of transportation solutions that will give independence to all Tennesseans, including the blind. We therefore call upon the Tennessee legislature to ensure that our laws and policies foster competition and innovation, so that the best and most accessible vehicle technology will be available to all citizens of our great state.”