Janette Fennell - "Kids and Cars'
Motor vehicle crashes are a serious public health and safety problem in our country claiming 33,000 lives and causing 2.3 million injuries each year and, unfortunately, fatalities are on the rise. Early estimates for 2015 show an 8 percent increase for the first half of the year compared to 2014. Our cars are increasingly built with safety technology such as front and side airbags, electronic stability control, advanced braking systems, seat belts and child restraint systems, however, states are lacking numerous critical highway safety laws that have proven effective in saving lives.
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety publishes an annual report card rating all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their progress in enacting 15 critical highway safety laws that address key issue areas including occupant protection, child passenger safety, teen graduated driver licensing, impaired driving and distracted driving.
On Monday, January 25, 2016 at 1 p.m., Advocates will release the 2016 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Last year’s report can be found at www.saferoads.org. Invited speakers include:
• Dr. Mark Rosekind, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
• Chief Thomas Manger, Montgomery County, MD Police Department (His department recently experienced the death of Officer Noah Leotta who was hit by a drunk driver while on a special DUI assignment)
• Tammy and Paul Kalp, Dover, DE (Paul was in a motorcycle crash while not wearing a helmet because Delaware state law does not require it and he suffers from serious brain injury)
• Joan Claybrook, President Emeritus of Public Citizen and former NHTSA Administrator
• Bill Vainisi, Senior Vice President, Allstate Insurance Company
• Jackie Gillan, Advocates’ President
• Cathy Chase, Advocates’ Vice President of Government Affairs