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NHTSA Chief Resigns

Administrator David Strickland announced Thursday, December 12th that he is stepping down from the top spot at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports. Strickland has led the traffic safety agency for the past four years. He has done extensive work with distracted driving as well as driverless cars.

The NHTSA deputy administrator, David Friedman, will be taking over as acting administrator.

This is the second Department of Transportation (DOT) official to resign this week. John Porcari, Chief Deputy Administrator NHTSA, Secretary Foxx’s right hand man, also announced his departure earlier this week. Replaced by Federal Highways Administrator, Victor M. Mendez.

It will be telling, as Secretary Foxx replaces the top seats at two major positions of the DOT, just what direction he plans on taking the Department under his watch.