Charles A. Hurley

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Charles A. Hurley, commonly known as Chuck Hurley, is an American road safety campaigner. He was the Mothers Against Drunk Driving CEO from 2005-10.[1]

Early career[edit]

Hurley has a BA in Political Science from Dickinson College (1967). He was a US naval intelligence officer in Taipei, Taiwan, working as a Sino-Soviet analyst (1968-70),[2] then was the special assistant to the mayor of Wilmington, Delaware (1970-71).[3] He worked for the Republican politician William A. Steiger as his legislative assistant then director from 1971-77.[4][5][6]

Road safety[edit]

He was with the National Safety Council for around 20 years from 1977, and was senior vice-president of communications for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety from 1989 to 1996. He helped introduce the Click It or Ticket campaign in North Carolina when he was executive director of the Air Bag and Seat Belt Safety Campaign.[7][8]


He volunteered with MADD since 1980. When he became CEO of MADD in March 2005 (a position, which according to their 990 form did not exist in 2003), his aim was to reduce turnover in the organisation.[9] One of his proposals was for all people convicted of a DUI to be made to use an ignition interlock device.[10] Hurley was considered for nomination in April 2009 by President Obama to run the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but Hurley withdrew his name.[11][5] He retired in June 2010 and was replaced as CEO by Kimberly Earle. In his last year with MADD he was paid $248,082 and was further compensated $18,213 for "other compensation from the organization and related organizations."[12] From 2005-2009 Hurley was compensated $1,182,803 not including other benefits such as expense accounts or pension contributions.


  1. ^ "Road safety pioneer Chuck Hurley "will always be a part of MADD"". Fast Lane. U.S. Department of Transportation. 23 June 2010. Archived from the original on 15 November 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Traffic safety, Volume 27, p6, National Safety Council, 1971
  3. ^ "Steiger adds Oshkosh grads to office staff". The Milwaukee Sentinel. 4 September 1971. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Charles A. Hurley". Alcohol Interlock Symposium. 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". Office of the Press Secretary. The White House. 8 April 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Transportation engineering: Volume 47, Issues 6-12, p. 59, Institute of Transportation Engineers, 1977
  7. ^ "2010 Winner: Chuck Hurley". The James J. Howard Highway Safety Trailblazer Award. Governors Highway Safety Association. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Wald, Matthew L (20 May 2002). "Urging Young to Buckle Up, Officials Try Switch in Tactics". New York Times. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  9. ^ O'Donnell, Jayne (28 September 2005). "MADD enters 25th year with change on its mind". USA Today. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Friedman, Emily (14 October 2009). "Should All Convicted Drunken Drivers Have Alcohol-Detection Devices in Their Cars?". ABC News. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  11. ^ Thomas, Ken; Associated Press (12 May 2009). "Chuck Hurley, Obama's Pick For Highway Safety Post, Withdraws". Huffington Post. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
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