Bill Quade

June 2012

AAMVA Mourns Former Assistant Executive Director of AAMVA, William (Bill H. Franey)

AAMVA is saddened by the passing of former Assistant Executive Director of AAMVA, William (Bill) H. Franey. Born January 26, 1918, Mr. Franey began his career with the Syracuse, New York Police Department, before moving on to a post with the New York Insurance Industry Committee on Motor Vehicle Accidents. He was instrumental in the development of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which he co-founded, and in 1961 he joined the National Safety Council as regional representative for New York. In 1962 he became director of highway safety, International Association of Chiefs of Police. In 1973 he was appointed assistant executive director of AAMVA and served in this capacity for 11 years, before becoming a consultant to AAMVA's Board of Directors in 1984. He retired in 1987 and subsequently served as a consultant to 3M for vehicle identification systems.

He was instrumental in the development and passage of the landmark 1966 Highway Safety Act and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. It has been estimated that more than 400,000 lives have been saved and 15 million injuries avoided because of this legislation. He pioneered and championed the development of the comprehensive systems approach to traffic safety, which is unique throughout the world. He was one of the first to recognize the need to provide a research base for traffic safety demonstrations and evaluation. He wrote extensively and served in leadership roles in a number of traffic safety related organizations/associations. Mr. Franey's original concepts were the necessary catalysts in making a range of new laws, services and programs a reality. His devotion to AAMVA and the cause of highway safety were unwavering; he was a valued member, leader, and mentor to many within the AAMVA community, and we will miss him deeply.