The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc. (NRSF) was established in 1962 by Fraydun Manocherian, who as a high school student lost two friends to an impaired driver.
For over fifty years, The National Road Safety Foundation has worked with legislators, educators, government and private groups to effect national standards in driving competence. Mr. Manocherian has testified before Congress several times advocating mass media educational efforts to promote driver safety. Beginning in 1955, his advocacy for federal funding of public education in traffic safety contributed toward passage of The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which established the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. His voice was among the first to rally the nation against drunk driving. He currently promotes increased funding from the Federal Highway Trust Fund for a sustained National Traffic Safety Education media program.
For his dedication and accomplishments in the field of auto safety, Mr. Manocherian has received the “Man of the Year” award from the New York Council for Civic Affairs, the “Man of the Year” award from the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from St. John’s University, a Master of Arts degree from the International University of
Communications in Washington, D.C., the 1997 Distinguished Service to Safety Award from the National Safety Council and the 2005 Public Service Award, one of the highest awards given by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.