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Latest Seat belt legislation Stories

2009-10-13 08:00:00

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Local and state law enforcement have been encouraging drivers for years to Click It or Ticket. TxDOT has teamed up with Texas law enforcement who will be on the roads October 19 - 25 for National Teen Driver Safety Week to remind teens to buckle up, no matter where they're riding in the car. TxDOT observational surveys have shown that Texas kids and teens ages 5 - 16 aren't buckling up 71.1 percent of the time in the back seat, versus 21.7 percent...

2009-07-30 14:44:00

Today 20 States - Nearly 25 Percent of U.S. Population - Still not Covered by Primary Belt Laws a Quarter Century after First State Law Adoption WASHINGTON, July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More work is needed if lifesaving primary safety belt enforcement laws are to continue spreading across the United States, said two organizations working to get 20 "hold-out" states to adopt the important legislation. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the National Safety Council made the...

2009-07-02 14:05:00

WASHINGTON, July 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is a statement of Judith Lee Stone, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), www.saferoads.org, on today's release of the Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Data for 2008 by the U.S. Department of Transportation:   "The release of 2008 fatality data today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates a significant drop in motor vehicle crash deaths over the same time period in 2007...

2009-06-30 10:52:00

New Text Message Bans Also Taking Effect WASHINGTON, June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) congratulates the State of Wisconsin for its passage of a primary seat belt law. This law gives police the authority to pull over a driver solely for not wearing a seat belt. Wisconsin becomes the 30th state to enact this lifesaving law. Based on other states' experiences, Wisconsin can expect its seat belt usage rate to increase 8-12 percentage points and...

2009-06-30 09:27:00

Online map identifies rural areas with most driving fatalities in time for July 4th travel MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn., June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rural transportation safety experts at the University of Minnesota today launched a new national service to help drivers identify the most dangerous portions of upcoming trips as drivers hit the nation's roads for the Fourth of July holiday, which is considered the most dangerous travel day of the year. SafeRoadMaps.org is a service...

2009-06-17 15:49:00

ARLINGTON, Va., June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced that safety belt use by drivers of medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles increased to 72 percent in 2008. That figure is up 7 percentage points from 65 percent the previous year. "We must continue to educate all motorists about the importance of buckling up," said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. As part of a progressive 18-point safety agenda, ATA is working to...

2009-06-09 08:45:00

ITASCA, Ill., June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After years of advocacy by key legislators and the Minnesota Seat Belt Coalition, Minnesota today becomes the nation's 29th state with a primary seat belt law. Governor Tim Pawlenty signed the Kathryn Swanson Seat Belt Safety Act, enabling police to ticket drivers solely for failure to wear seat belts. The act, which becomes law today, is named in honor of the former director of the Minnesota highway safety office, a primary seat belt law...

2009-05-22 08:31:00

Legislation honors former GHSA Chairman Kathy Swanson WASHINGTON, May 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Vernon F. Betkey, Jr., Chairman of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA): Yesterday, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty signed the Kathryn Swanson Seat Belt Safety Act -- named in honor of the former director of the Minnesota highway safety office who died in 2008 after a battle with ALS. Kathy also served as the Chairman of GHSA in 2003 and 2004....

2009-05-15 11:26:00

Cost of Seatbelt Ticket Rises to $132 SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Keep you and your family safe and $132 in your wallet by making sure everyone wears their seat belt for every trip. That's the message that over 90 local police departments and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are telling motorists as part of the 2009 Memorial DayNext Generation Click It or Ticket mobilization, May 18-31. The start-of-summer campaign is supported by $3 million in traffic safety grants awarded...

2009-05-15 10:00:00

Pennsylvania Will Participate in National Click It or Ticket Crackdown HARRISBURG, Pa., May 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell has proclaimed May 18 as Buckle Up Pennsylvania Day, urging all motorists to wear their seat belt every time they are riding in a vehicle. "I am glad to say that 85 percent of drivers in Pennsylvania are making the responsible decision to follow the law and wear their seat belt," said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. "To anyone who...