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Transportation Bill Seeks to Improve Safety of Drivers and Pedestrians

The newly proposed principles for transportation legislation announced by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will affect much more than just cars and roads. This bill gives rise to major implications in regard to public health and climate protection.

A major public health concern is
highway safety. This proposed transportation legislation allows for sweeping changes in an attempt to change current laws. It is argued that is could save up to 40,000 fatalities on our highways every year.

The principles that outline this bill identify safety as an important objective. In addition to the safety improvements other mandates would require electronic on-board recorders that ensure truck drivers comply with hours-of-service driving restrictions as an example of new regulations.

There are many
public safety advocates that are lobbying to have the bill include the following:

    * Comprehensive rollover occupant protection
    * Vehicle-to-vehicle compatibility with regards to SUV’s
    * Pedestrian and cyclist safety
    * Protecting against heavier and bigger trucks
    * Coordinating climate protection goals from the transportation sector.

About the Editors: Shapiro & Appleton is a law firm which focuses on injury and accident law. Our law firm has offices in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC) and Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys have handled thousands of automobile negligence cases involving cars, trucks, trains, and motorcycles. We would be pleased to send you one of our FREE reports about car accident cases, including our special report on distracted driving or our Best Guide to Car Accident Injuries in North Carolina. Our lawyers hold licenses in NC, VA, SC, WV, KY and DC. We are ready to talk to you by phone right now—we provide free initial confidential injury case consultations, so call us toll free at 1-800-752-0042. Our injury attorneys also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube .  In addition, our lawyers proudly edit the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard, as well as the Virginia Beach Injuryboard and Norfolk Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service.

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