Sending Office: Honorable Raja Krishnamoorthi
Sent By:
Brian.Kaissi@mail.house.gov

Supporting Organizations: Allstate, National Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

 

Dear Colleague,

 

I hope your boss will consider signing our letter, led by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), to the THUD Appropriations Subcommittee
in support of distracted driving prevention programs under the
Section 405 National Priority Safety Program in the FAST Act. 

 

Please contact Brian Kaissi at
brian.kaissi@mail.house.gov by COB Thursday, March 15th to sign the letter or for any additional information. 

 

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

 

March 15, 2018

 

The Honorable Mario Diaz-Balart  
Chairman
Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
2358-A Rayburn House Office Building  
Washington, DC 20515-6016

 

The Honorable David Price  
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
2358-A Rayburn House Office Building  
Washington, DC 20515-6016

 

Dear Chairman Diaz-Balart and Ranking Member Price:

 

As you consider the fiscal year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill, we encourage you to continue to support distracted
driving prevention under the Section 405 National Priority Safety Program authorized through the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. This vital program provides federal grants to states that implement comprehensive highway and auto safety laws
to prevent distracted driving.

 

There has never been a more important time to invest resources in distracted driving prevention. According to a recent report conducted by State Farm,
more than 80% of teens admit to using their smartphones while driving. As a result, 10% of fatal crashes in 2016 were caused by distracted driving, resulting in 3,450 deaths.

 

Importantly, the rise in distracted driving has had a detrimental impact on the overall number of motor vehicle accidents and casualties across the
United States. For example, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2016, a 5.6% increase from the previous year. From 2014 to 2015, the increase in motor vehicle casualties was 8.4%.

 

With the augment of technological innovation and the growth of smart technology in vehicles, distracted driving is a prevalent issue that must be addressed.
We strongly support funding to curb distracted driving in our communities, a bipartisan endeavor that promotes highway and auto safety and protects our constituents from devastating harm.

Thank you for your consideration of our request.

Sincerely,

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Appropriations, Social Security, Transportation

icon eDC logo e-Dear Colleague version 2.0