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    ABOUT PHAI

    Ben Kelley is the director of the Public Health Advocacy Institutes's Motor Vehicle Hazard Archive Project. His detailed biography/bibliography appears below.

    Professional

    1996-Current: visiting faculty member, Tufts University School of Medicine; board member, Public Health Advocacy Institute, Center for Auto Safety; director, PHAI Motor Vehicle Hazards Archives project; expert witness and consultant on product hazard policy, regulatory, historical and causation issues. Executive Director, PHAI, 2002-2004.

    1988-1995: president, Institute for Injury Reduction, a non-profit research and educational group founded by plaintiff's attorneys to address issues involving product-related injuries; president, A.B. Kelley Consulting.

    1969-84: senior vice president, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; a principal architect of its highly-regarded research and communications work; faculty lecturer, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and Hygiene, Injury Control Program. Guest lecturer, Yale Medical School, Wisconsin School of Medicine, University of California Medical School at Davis.

    1967-69, director, Office of Public, Legislative and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Federal Highway Administration of the Department of Transportation; involved in policy-setting for DOT highway, motor vehicle safety and highway safety programs.

    1966-67: Manager, Transportation and Communications Policy Department, Chamber of Commerce of the United States.

    1963-66: Special Assistant to Interstate Commerce Commissioner William H. Tucker.

    1961-63: Transportation Editor, New York Journal of Commerce, Washington (DC) Bureau.

    1960-61: Reporter, Traffic World Magazine, Washington, D.C.; contributing writer, Automotive News magazine.

    1957-60: Editor/Reporter, Shipping and Trade News, Tokyo News Service, Tokyo, Japan.

    1954-57: Military Service, U.S. Army Security Agency/National Security Agency.

    Education:
    Diplomas in Korean (U.S. Government Language School, Monterey, California), Japanese (Naganuma Institute, Tokyo, Japan). Course work at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, Harvard Business School.

    Present, Past Memberships:
    Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research; National Coalition for Car Crash Injury Reduction; CRASH (Citizen for Reliable and Safe Highways)(Board of Directors); Center for Auto Safety (Board of Directors); National Safety Council (Board of Directors); American Public Health Association; National Press Club; Association for Advancement of Automotive Medicine (officer); CINE (Board of Directors); Society of Automotive Engineers; Institute for Injury Reduction (Board of Directors).

    Awards, Recognitions:
    CINE Golden Eagle; Zagreb Film Festival; U.S. Department of Transportation Special Achievement Award; Who's Who In America.

    PARTIAL BIBLIOGRAPHY
    (does not include speeches, congressional/court testimony)

    Books

    ...with Haddon, et al. REPORT TO CONGRESS ON ALCOHOL AND HIGHWAY SAFETY. U.S. Department of Transportation, 1968.

    THE PAVERS AND THE PAVED. New York: Donald W. Brown, Inc., 1971.

    Articles

    ...with Haddon. STRATEGIES FOR CUTTING HIGHWAY LOSSES. The National Underwriter 41:2-64. Reprinted as SAFETY: PRINCIPALS, INSTRUCTION AND READINGS (ed. Alton L. Thygerson), 92-94. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

    ...with Haddon. MEDIA COVERAGE OF CAR CRASHES. Traffic Digest and Reviews 18:2 (4-5). Reprinted as MEDIA REPORTING OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS. California Journal of Traffic Safety Education 17:3 (9-10).

    ...with Haddon. ALARMING ROLE OF THE MODERN MUSCLE CAR. The National Underwriter (1, 24). Reprinted as MUSCLE CARS, NEWEST THREAT TO TRAFFIC SAFETY? Journal of Traffic Safety Education. 18:1 (7-8).

    ...with Haddon. THE UNDERWRITER COLUMNS ON HIGHWAY LOSS REDUCTION. 1970.

    HOW GOVERNMENT DOES - AND DOESN'T - WORK. KEY ISSUES IN HIGHWAY LOSS REDUCTION. Proceedings of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Reprinted in the National Safety Congress Transactions: Papers delivered at the Fifty-Eighth National Safety Congress, 54:58-60. Chicago, IL: National Safety Council. 1970.

    ...with Hebert, Richard. PRIORITIES OR TRUST FUNDS? The Nation. April 19, 1971.

    THE HIGHWAY LOBBY IN AMBUSH. The Nation. MAC16305. November 15, 1971.

    THE HIGHWAY LOBBY - CONGESTION AND POLLUTION. Lithopinion 26, 1972. pp. 32-40.

    FOR GREATER HIGHWAY SAFETY: THE NEED TO REMOVE ROADSIDE HAZARDS. Current (July/August 1973) (33-7).

    OUR BOOBY-TRAPPED HIGHWAYS. World, Vol. 2, No. 6 (Mar. 13, 1973).

    SPEED AND CAR CRASH-WORTHINESS: UNFIXING A GREAT GULF. Presented to the section on injury control and emergency health services, American Health Association, November 6, 1973. Washington, DC: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

    RSV, CRASH HAZARDS AND PUBLIC SUPPORT. Proceedings of the Fifth International Technical Conference on Experimental Safety, June 4-7, 1974 (573-601). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

    ...with Robertson, Leon S., et al. A CONTROLLED STUDY OF THE EFFECT OF TELEVISION MESSAGES ON SAFETY BELT USE. American Journal of Public Health 64:11 (1071-1080).

    ARE SOME PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEMS MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS? (editorial). American Journal of Public Health 65:2 (182). February, 1975.

    PASSIVE VS. ACTIVE = LIFE VS. DEATH. Presented at the Automotive Engineering Congress and Exposition. Warrendale, PA: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Technical Paper 750391. February 24-28, 1975.

    MORE OR LESS REGULATION?: THE WRONG ISSUE. Remarks before the General Session Panel, Fourth International Congress on Automobile Safety, July 14-16, 1975. Washington, DC: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

    A COMMENT ON MOTORCYCLES. Presented at the American Association for Automotive Medicine annual meeting, November 21, 1975.

    COMMENTARY: MOTORCYCLES AND PUBLIC APATHY. American Journal of Public Health (66:475-476). May 5, 1976.

    TO SAVE FUEL AND LIVES: BIG LIGHTWEIGHTS (letter to the editor). The New York Times, June 16, 1977.

    HIGHWAY SLAUGHTER: BY CARING, WE COULD STOP IT. The Washington Post, July 2, 1977 (A15).

    MAKE MOTORCYCLISTS WEAR HELMETS? (interview). U.S. News and World Report, July 18, 1977 (39-40).

    A MEDIA ROLE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH COMPLIANCE? Compliance in Health Care (ed. by R. B. Hayes, D. W. Taylor, and D. L. Sackett). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press (193-201).

    RSV, SAFETY, AND THE NEW-CAR MARKET-PLACE. Presented at the Eighth International Technical Conference on Experimental Safety Vehicles, Wolfsburg, Germany, October 22, 1980.

    GM AND THE AIR BAG: A DECADE OF DELAY. Business and Society Review, No. 35 (54-9).

    ...with O'Neill, Brian, et al. AUTOMOBILE HEAD RESTRAINTS: FREQUENCY OF NECK INJURY CLAIMS IN RELATION TO THE PRESENCE OF HEAD RESTRAINTS. American Journal of Public Health 62:399-406. 1972.

    ...with O'Neill, Brian. COSTS, BENEFITS, EFFECTIVENESS AND SAFETY: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT. Presented at the Automobile Engineering Congress, Society of Automotive Engineers. SAE paper No. 740988. Warrendale, PA: Society of Automotive Engineers. Reprinted in Professional Safety 20:8 (28-44). 1975.

    ...with O'Neill, Brian. EVALUATING MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. Proceedings of the Fourth International Congress on Automotive Safety, July 14-16, 1975. (551-560) Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

    ...with O'Neill, Brian, et al. A LABORATORY EVALUATION OF A LOW COST MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH RECORDER. Accident Analysis & Prevention 11:1 (33-39). 1979.

    THE ROLE OF STABILITY IN ROLLOVER-INITIATED FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES UNDER ON-ROAD DRIVING CONDITIONS. Ben Kelley and Leon S. Robertson, Ph.D., May 1986.

    SEATBELTS IN WASHINGTON TAXIS. The Washington Post, March 22, 1987.

    AUTO SAFETY IN A CUL-DE-SAC. The New York Times, September 8, 1988.

    STATIC STABILITY AS A PREDICTOR OF OVERTURN IN FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES. A. Benjamin Kelley and Leon S. Robertson, Ph.D., The Journal of Trauma, Vol. 29, No. 3, 1989.

    ...with Harold A. Sakayan, Gerald I. Holtz. MORE THAN A CASE ABOUT A CAR: AN ANALYSIS ON GARRETT V. FORD MOTOR COMPANY. Trial Magazine, February 1989, pp. 34-39.

    A SURVEY OF NEW CAR DEALERS TO DETERMINE AVAILABILITY OF RETROFIT LAP-SHOULDER BELTS FOR REAR SEAT POSITIONS OF IN-USE CARS. A. Benjamin Kelley and Jon S. Vernick, Institute of Injury Reduction, September 28, 1990.

    WHY FUEL ECONOMY SHOULD LEAD TO IMPROVED SAFETY. The Washington Post, April 6, 1991, (A19).

    ... with Joan Claybrook. AIR BAGS FOR ALL CARS. The New York Times, July 30, 1991 (OP-ED).

    CRITIQUE OF "REAR SEAT SUBMARINING INVESTIGATION," A NHTSA STUDY. Benjamin Kelley and Lynne Smith, IIR Review, September 1991.

    MOTORBOAT PROPELLER INJURIES. Susan P. Baker, Lavinia Edmunds, Benjamin Kelley and Lynne Smith, IIR Review, September 1991, Johns Hopkins University, 1992, cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Sprietsma v. Mercury Marine, 2002.

    HOW THE AUTO INDUSTRY SETS ROADBLOCKS TO SAFETY. Business and Society Review, Fall 1992.

    INADEQUATE BELTS. The New York Times, March 28, 1994.

    WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CAR CRASH INJURIES? The Washington Post, April 7, 1994.

    DRUNK DRIVER DETECTORS. The New York Times, June 2, 1994.

    AS YOU WERE SAYING: SECRET COURT SETTLEMENTS PREVENT NEEDED WARNINGS, The Boston Herald, September 28, 2002 (OP-ED).

    REGULATORS MUST ADDRESS ROLLOVERS. Detroit News, (OP-ED) March 2, 2003.

    FAIR WARNING FOR FAT FOOD PEDDLERS, The Washington Post, August 13, 2003.

    LEGAL APPROACHES TO THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC (with Jason Smith), Journal of Public Health Policy, 25 Journal of Public Health Policy 3, 2004.

    MANUFACTURER’S LIABILITY, New Yorker, “The Mail,” March 7, 2005.

    INDUSTRY CONTROLS OVER FOOD MARKETING: ARE THEY EFFECTIVE? Public Health Advocacy Institute, June, 2005.

    COMMENTS TO NHTSA NPRM DOCKET RE FMVSS 216, November 21, 2005, on behalf of Public Health Advocacy Institute.

    EXPEL SODA VENDING MACHINES FROM SCHOOLS, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 1, 2005, with Daynard, R.

    COMMENTARY: IT IS SPEED THAT KILLS, Journal of Public Health Policy, (2005), 26, 4, 416-417

    PRODUCT-CAUSED INJURIES: WHERE SCIENCE MEETS LAW AND MARKETPLACE, GPPH Rounds, Tufts University School of Medicine, Spring 2006.

    Documentary and Research Films

    "Highways Are For People," Federal Highway Administration, 1968.

    "Putting The Pieces Together," Federal Highway Administration, 1968.

    "...In the Crash," Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 1970.*

    "Boobytrap: Highway Hazards," Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 1971.*

    "Small Cars and Crashes," Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 1972.

    "Cars That Crash and Burn: Fuel System Integrity," Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 1973.

    "Low-Speed Car Crash Series," Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 1970-84.

    "Crashes That Need Not Kill: Passive Restraints," Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 1977.*

    "The Automatic Answer: Passive Restraints," Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 1978.

    "Underride: Rear-End Injuries," Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 1978.

    "Jeep CJ-5 Rollovers," Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 1980.

    "Multipiece Truck Wheel Rim Separations," Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 1981.

    "Faces In Crashes: Facial Injury Production," Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 1983.

    "The Injury Fact Book," Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 1984.

    "Presenting The Breed Air Bag," National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1985.

    "Some Crashes With and Without Restraints,"National Coalition to Reduce Car Crash Injuries, 1985.

    "Introducing Quixote Corporation,"Quixote Corporation, 1986.

    "Quixote '88," Quixote Corporation, 1988.

    "Accelerator Sled Tests: Comparison of Lap, Lap-Shoulder Belted Rear Seat Automobile Occupant Loadings"

    "Youth Suicide: The Deadliest Option," New Jersey Psychiatric Association, 1989.

    "Soft Landings," Energy Absorption Systems, 1989.

    "Introduction to IIR," 1990

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