Saving Lives on Our Nation's Highways, Hearing Before the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, July 17, 2008 [open pdf - 4MB]
This is the July 17, 2008 hearing, "Saving Lives on Our Nation's Highways," before the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate. From the opening statement of Frank Lautenberg, "In 2001, when President Bush took office, more than 40,000 Americans died on our roads. Eight years later, more than 40,000 Americans are still dying on America's roads each year. Highway crashes continue to be a leading cause of death in our Country. And these aren't just numbers, they are fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, children, you name it. Families torn apart, parents stolen from their family by crashes, children whose futures are stolen from them. The fact that we have failed to reduce crashes and deaths on our highways is frankly, a failure of leadership. There have been opportunities for the Administration to strengthen the frames of cars and trucks to protect those inside during an accident, and limiting the hours that truck drivers can be behind the wheel to reduce fatigue. But these opportunities for safety have not been acted upon. Some of America's most successful actions to improve highway safety have come when the Federal Government leads the way, encourages the States to act. That is what we did by enacting a law that induced States to set a minimum drinking age of 21. Today is the 24th anniversary of this law, a thousand lives saved each and every year, have been saved because of that. And I was proud to be the author of that legislation." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jeffrey F. Paniati, Katherine A. Siggerud, Susan Martinovich, Jacqueline S. Gillan, and Robert C. Johns.
S. Hrg. 110-1256; Senate Hearing 110-1256
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