Kevin Quinlan was a founding and key member of the Coalition to Fight Hardcore Drunk Driving which is a collaborative effort to create synergy between various organizations' with similar goals and initiatives. The Coalition, formed in 2000, includes the Automobile Association of America (AAA), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.
The Coalition performs a valuable service to States and communities, and their respective legislators by assisting in the passage of these key legislative items. This assistance can take several forms: providing testimony in support of key legislation, testimony in opposition to legislation, meeting with key legislators to enlist their support of key legislation.
Kevin's knowledge and presence in the legislative community were significant factors for The Coalition has being highly acclaimed for its collaboration in legislative efforts in the following areas: Administrative License Revocation (ALR), zero tolerance laws, BAC test refusal and ignition interlock, in many states across the country.
Please read the Congressional Record Statement honoring Kevin Quinlan, below:
January 15, 2009 - Extension of Remarks - Rep. Shelley Berkley
Tribute to Kevin E. Quinlan
Madame Speaker, as co-chair of the Congressional Stop DUI Caucus, I rise today in tribute to one of the nation’s top traffic safety officials, who passed away suddenly.
Kevin E. Quinlan was the Chief of the Safety Advocacy Division of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Mr. Quinlan was with the Safety Board for nearly 20 years, serving as the Alcohol and Drug Program Coordinator and Chief of the Safety Recommendations Division. He was instrumental in promoting State action on Safety Board recommendations to reduce fatalities, injuries, and crashes in all modes of transportation. Mr. Quinlan authored five major studies for the Board. Prior to his work with the NTSB, Mr. Quinlan served in the U.S. Army for 29 years, receiving the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal. He has an undergraduate degree from Boston University and graduate degrees from William and Mary, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Air Force Air War College.
Mr. Quinlan loved to travel and was skiing in Vermont when he suffered a fatal heart attack. He was well-respected and admired by everyone in the traffic safety community. He was a mentor to countless traffic safety advocates and an inspiration to the thousands of people who lost loved ones to the preventable crime of drunk driving. One of his greatest passions was the fight to stop drunk driving. His expert testimony led to the passage of many effective countermeasures across this nation. His work has saved countless lives and I ask that my colleagues join me in honoring him today.