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GHSA News Release

June 19, 2009

Contact: Jonathan Adkins or Barbara Harsha
(202)789-0942, ext. 13 or ext. 12
(202)669-9746, cell

State Highway Safety Agencies Praise House
Reauthorization Blueprint

Concerned About Lack of Strong Data and Speed Enforcement Programs

Statement for Attribution to Barbara Harsha, Executive Director of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—GHSA thanks House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Jim Oberstar and Ranking Member John Mica as well as Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chairman Peter DeFazio and Ranking Member Jim Duncan for their excellent work in introducing a blueprint overview for the next highway reauthorization bill. The outline presents principals and broad ideas on what the next surface transportation bill will look like. Many of GHSA’s recommendations are included, and the Association looks forward to working with the House to craft a final bill.

In particular, GHSA is pleased the Committee’s blueprint:

However, there are a few unclear areas in the blueprint that cause concern. These include:

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