FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2013
Contact: Barbara Harsha
Final Federal Spending Bill Includes Critical Highway Safety Programs
Statement for Attribution to Barbara Harsha, Executive Director,
Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)
WASHINGTON, D.C.—GHSA is extremely grateful that the U.S. Congress has included full funding for federal behavioral highway safety programs in its FY 2013 funding bill. Swift signage by President Obama is encouraged.
The action fully funds critical highway safety programs that were passed in last year's highway bill known as MAP-21. GHSA Members will use these funds to keep the public safe from drunk and distracted drivers, encourage seat belt use and improve traffic records programs, among other activities. It also provides critically needed funding for research on advanced impaired driving detection technology.
With highway deaths on the rise, it was crucial that Congress fully fund highway safety. We thank and congratulate them on this significant achievement.
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