FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2013
Jonathan Adkins, 202-669-9746 (cell) or
Barbara Harsha, 202-669-9750 (cell)
Senate Action Restores Highway Safety Funding
Statement for Attribution to Barbara Harsha, Executive Director,
Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)
WASHINGTON, D.C.—GHSA is extremely grateful to the the Senate Appropriations Committee for fully funding highway safety grant programs in its FY 2013 spending bill.
The version of the Continuing Resolution (CR) passed last week by the House of Representatives would cut nine percent of the federal behavioral highway safety grant programs available to states. These programs encourage states to enact distracted driving laws as and strengthen graduated licensing laws for teen drivers. The programs were authorized last year as part of the bipartisan law known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). MAP-21 didn't create any new highway safety spending. It just repackaged the spending limits in other highway safety incentive programs into a single, consolidated program.
Even if states do not qualify for these grants, the money would be shifted into other critical highway safety grant programs. This would be especially helpful since many states believe they could receive less funding under MAP-21 due to difficult qualification rules.
As the Senate and House resolve their differences, we urge them to fully fund MAP-21 highway safety programs. With highway deaths on the rise for all drivers – and particularly for young drivers – MAP-21 should be fully funded to keep Americans safe on the roadways.
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