The following is an excerpt from a July 9th Association for Safe International Road Travel press release. You can read the full press release on the ASIRT website at: www.asirt.org.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 9) – On Thursday, July 17, 2008, the Congressional
Caucus on Global Road Safety, co-chaired by Congressman Robert Wexler and
Congressman Chris Van Hollen, in conjunction with the Association for Safe
International Road Travel (ASIRT), will hold a lunch briefing on Capitol Hill on
Road Safety and Study Abroad.
Rochelle Sobel, President of the ASIRT, will frame the discussion in the
context of the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act of 2007,
which passed in the House of Representatives in 2007 and is currently under
consideration in the Senate, and the implications of the increasing numbers of
students traveling abroad.
Carl Herrin, Sr. Partner, of the Global Education Solutions, LLC and Patricia
Martin, Associate Director of Study Aboard in the Office of International
Programs at the University of Pennsylvania and former National Chair of NAFSA
section on Study Abroad, will present their perspectives on the issue as key
representatives of the study abroad community and the NAFSA Health and
ASIRT was founded by Rochelle Sobel in 1995 after her son died in bus crash
in Turkey. It is the only U.S.-based international road safety organization
dedicated to improving global road safety and preventing tragedies through
education and advocacy. ASIRT educates travelers about existing conditions
and supports local sustainable road safety partnerships in many countries to
reduce death and injury associated with road travel around the world.