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Spring 2011 | Vol. 13 | No. 1

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Two Safety-Related Bills Introduced in Congress

A bill recently introduced in Congress by Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) would mandate that states implement an annual vehicle safety inspection program or lose federal funds. Specifically, H.R. 229 – the Michael Jon Newkirk Transportation Safety Enhancement Act of 2011 – calls on states to enact a law requiring motor vehicle owners have their vehicles inspected annually.

States would determine the inspection standards, but the bill specifies that, at a minimum, these include working seat belts and speedometers. States not passing such legislation by federal fiscal year 2014 would have 5 percent of their National Highway System, Surface Transportation and Interstate Maintenance funds withheld. For FY 2015 and following years, the amount withheld would rise to 10 percent.

A second bill, H.R. 904, introduced by Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) would prohibit the U.S. Department of Transportation from funding motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. Representatives Tom Petri (R-WI) and Paul Ryan (R-WI) are co-sponsors.

Congressman Sensenbrenner stated, β€œThe first step in motorcycle crash prevention should be rider education and increased awareness. Taxpayer money should not be spent on helmet checkpoints that do not prevent crashes.”

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