FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 28, 2014
Contact: Amadie Hart
GHSA Testifies on Highway Safety Reauthorization Before House Subcommittee
Distracted Driving, Impaired Driving and Motorcyclist Safety among Topics
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Governors Highway Safety Association Chairman Kendell Poole testified today before the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The hearing was held to examine federal surface transportation safety grant programs as Congress begins work on the reauthorization of MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century). GHSA Members administer the behavioral highway safety programs funded by NHTSA.
GHSA generally supports a reauthorization similar to the MAP-21 law, but noted several areas in which the highway safety portions of the program could be improved.
Some of the key changes Chairman Poole highlighted in his testimony include:
- Enacting a long-term authorization to allow states to undertake multi-year projects.
- Simplifying the application and reporting processes to reduce the administrative burden on State Highway Safety Offices and altering the current Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirements to provide relief to states.
- Giving states the option to use the most recent state or federal data in highway safety plans, rather than requiring them to use a federal data set that may be outdated by as much as two years.
- Restructuring Section 405 funding tiers addressing impaired driving, motorcyclist safety, distracted driving and teen driving to allow for more realistic and attainable qualification standards that still encourage state action.
- Using incentives, rather than sanctions, to encourage changes in state policies and programs.
GHSA’s full written testimony [217 KB, 8 pgs.] is posted online.
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