The payments would standardize prison penalties towards impaired drivers touring with kids and create new grant applications to help prevention applications.
U.S. Consultant Kathleen Rice (NY-04) launched a package deal of three payments geared toward combatting impaired and distracted driving. The Stop Impaired Driving Little one Endangerment Act (H.R. 3676) would set nationwide requirements for prison penalties towards people who drive whereas intoxicated or impaired with a toddler passenger within the car; the Drug-Impaired Driving Schooling Act (H.R. 3675) would authorize a $10 million annual grant program on the U.S. Division of Transportation (DOT) for states to coach the general public on the risks of drug-impaired driving; and the Distracted Driving Schooling Act (H.R. 3677) would authorize a $5 million annual grant program at DOT for nonprofit organizations to coach the general public on the risks of distracted driving.
Rice has lengthy been a frontrunner on freeway issues of safety. As District Legal professional of Nassau County, she obtained wide-spread popularity of her efforts to crack down on drunk driving, which led to an overhaul of New York State’s DWI legal guidelines. Earlier this yr, Rice co-led the bipartisan HALT Drunk Driving Act which might require the commercialization and requirements for superior drunk driving prevention expertise methods in all new automobiles.
“Stopping the hundreds of pointless deaths that happen on our roadways every year is a matter close to and expensive to my coronary heart,” mentioned Rep. Kathleen Rice. “As District Legal professional, I noticed far too many households endure from the horrible tragedies that driving whereas distracted or underneath the affect could cause. That’s why working to finish impaired and distracted driving as soon as and for all has turn out to be a centerpiece of my profession. These three payments will assist us get nearer to that purpose, and I’ll work tirelessly to construct bipartisan help and get them handed by means of Congress.”
The Drug-Impaired Driving Schooling Act has already earned bipartisan help and is co-led by Consultant Troy Balderson (OH-12).
“When somebody underneath the affect of medication will get behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle, whole communities are put in danger,” mentioned Rep. Troy Balderson. “Sadly, it is a reality we all know all too effectively within the state of Ohio, the place the opioid epidemic has taken a major toll. The Drug-Impaired Driving Schooling Act takes important steps to coach our communities in regards to the dangers related to drug-impaired driving, together with these driving underneath the affect of opioids and marijuana.”
Rice’s newest legislative push to tackle impaired and distracted driving has additionally received the help of a number of security organizations.
The Stop Impaired Driving Little one Endangerment Act is supported by Moms Towards Drunk Driving (MADD), the Basis for Advancing Alcohol Duty, the Nationwide Security Council, and the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA).
The Drug-Impaired Driving Schooling Act is supported by Duty.org, the Nationwide District Attorneys Affiliation, the Coalition for Hashish Coverage, Schooling, and Regulation, the Nationwide Group for the Reform of Marijuana Legal guidelines, the Cronos Group, the Nationwide Hashish Business Affiliation, MADD, the Nationwide Security Council, and WSWA.
The Distracted Driving Schooling Act is supported by the Texting Consciousness Basis, the Nationwide Security Council and WSWA.
“2020 noticed a dramatic enhance within the dying price on our roadways, and impairment and distraction continued to be two of the persistent killers,” mentioned Lorraine Martin, President and CEO, Nationwide Security Council, which has endorsed all three payments. “The Drug-Impaired Driving Schooling Act and the Distracted Driving Schooling Act will enhance public consciousness in regards to the risks of impaired and distracted driving, and the Stop Impaired Driving Little one Endangerment Act will be certain that those that recklessly drive impaired with a toddler within the car will face stiff penalties. We’re proud to help these payments and we thank Congresswoman Rice for her dedication to creating our roads safer for all.”
“WSWA stays devoted to stopping all types of impaired driving and commends Consultant Rice for her management on this important problem,” mentioned Michelle Korsmo, President and CEO, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), which has endorsed all three payments. “A complete, anti-impaired driving technique that bolsters public schooling, info sharing and enforcement is the precise strategy to saving lives on America’s highways.”
“Drunk and drugged driving are the main killers on America’s roads, and these violent crimes are 100% preventable,” mentioned Alex Otte, Nationwide President, Moms Towards Drunk Driving (MADD), which has endorsed the Stop Impaired Driving Little one Endangerment Act and the Drug-Impaired Driving Schooling Act. “MADD thanks Consultant Rice for standing up for victims and their households and preventing to guard kids by advocating for youngster endangerment legal guidelines and confirmed countermeasures reminiscent of ignition interlocks and superior drunk driving prevention expertise.”
“Every year we lose over 10,000 individuals to preventable impaired driving crashes and hundreds extra are injured,” mentioned Chris R. Swonger, President and CEO, Duty.org, which has endorsed the Stop Impaired Driving Little one Endangerment Act and the Drug-Impaired Driving Schooling Act. “Duty.org is proud to help Congresswoman Rice’s continued management to remove impaired driving with the introduction of the Drug-Impaired Driving Schooling Act. This laws will assist states enhance public consciousness on drugged driving and The Stop Impaired Driving Little one Endangerment Act that may replicate Leandra’s Regulation from New York State throughout the nation to stop adults from driving impaired with kids underneath 16 years of age within the automobile.”
“State and native prosecutors are excited to help the bipartisan Drug-Impaired Driving Schooling Act,” mentioned Nelson Bunn, Government Director, Nationwide District Attorneys Affiliation, which has endorsed the Drug-Impaired Driving Schooling Act. “Via educating the general public on the risks of drug impaired driving, this laws will guarantee prosecutors and advocates can work collectively to maintain our roadways protected. We thank Congresswoman Rice and Congressman Balderson for prioritizing the protection of the communities our members serve.”
“Efficient public schooling campaigns stay by far one of the best ways to maintain our roadways protected,” mentioned Andrew Freedman, Government Director for the Coalition for Hashish Coverage, Schooling, and Regulation, which has endorsed the Drug-Impaired Driving Schooling Act. “We applaud Consultant Rice’s effort to offer the sources wanted to extend public consciousness and set up analysis processes that may assist cut back drug-impaired driving.”
“With almost half of the US inhabitants dwelling in states that regulate marijuana gross sales for grownup use, it’s important that visitors security schooling and practices comport with actuality, not reefer-madness period rhetoric,” mentioned Justin Strekal, Political Director, NORML, which has endorsed the Drug-Impaired Driving Schooling Act. “Most of the people and lawmakers alike would profit from evidence-based messages that really promote accountable habits and safer roads and the Drug-Impaired Driving Schooling Act seeks to just do that.”
“Educating drivers is our strongest software to cease distracted driving,” mentioned Rocco Panetta, the Founding father of the Texting Consciousness Basis, which has endorsed the Distracted Driving Schooling Act. “Most drivers know texting whereas driving shouldn’t be protected, however they will overlook how harmful it really might be. This invoice will assist present non-profits with the instruments they should provide much-needed reminders of the lethal penalties that distracted driving can pose. We’re joyful and pleased with U.S. Consultant Kathleen Rice’s persistence and dedication to saving lives, and we thank her for introducing this important laws.”