RSF Announces New Chairman and Safety Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 20, 2015) – The Roadway Safety Foundation (RSF) is pleased to announce the election of J. Peter Kissinger as the new Chairman of its Advisory Committee.  Kissinger is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and replaces former Chairman Taylor Bowlden of 3M Corporation, who retired late last year.

Kissinger has an extensive background in roadway safety.  Prior to joining the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in 2002 he worked for the Civil Engineering Research Foundation, the research arm of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the National Transportation Safety Board. Kissinger has a B.S. in Engineering from the Coast Guard Academy and an M.S. in Operations Research from The George Washington University.

“The Roadway Safety Foundation provides much needed education regarding the importance of safer roads as well as possible solutions to improve roadway safety.  I’m honored to lead the Foundation’s Advisory Committee as RSF continues its important role in ensuring that more American motorists reach their destinations safely every day,” said Kissinger.

“Peter’s experience in transportation safety will greatly enhance the work of and impact the future direction of the Roadway Safety Foundation,” said Greg Cohen, Executive Director of the Roadway Safety Foundation.  “His outstanding leadership, highway safety experience and passion for traffic safety make him extremely qualified to serve as Chairman of RSF’s Advisory Committee, and we are looking forward to working with him.”

In addition, Bruce Hamilton was recently hired as RSF’s new Director of Safety and Research Programs.  In this role, he is responsible for developing and directing programs that promote safer road design.  Hamilton will be overseeing a new project for the Roadway Safety Foundation, the creation and operation of an Older Road User Clearinghouse sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Tufts University.  Hamilton previously worked at the Roadway Safety Foundation, where he researched and wrote the newly revised Roadway Safety Guide:  A Primer for Community Leaders.  He has also worked at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The term “roadway safety” refers specifically to the physical features, operational conditions, and surrounding environment of roads, including engineered safety technologies on roads and bridges, intersections and interchanges, and along the roadsides.

The Roadway Safety Foundation builds awareness of these issues through outreach activities, developing and distributing educational materials, and forming roadway safety partnerships between the private and public sectors.

Other RSF Advisory Committee members include representatives of various RSF member organizations including AAA, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Traffic Safety Services Association, the National Transportation Safety Board, Volvo Group of North America, as well as many others.
The Roadway Safety Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable and educational organization.  Our mission is to reduce the frequency and severity of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities through improvements to roadway systems and their environment.  For additional information please visit, on Facebook at; and on Twitter at @roadway_safety.

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