NSC supports introduction of Erica's Law

June 24, 2010

The National Safety Council announced its support of Rep. Betsy Markey's (D-CO) introduction of Erica's Law (H.R. 5097). The legislation would help protect children from distracted drivers in school zones.

Erica's Law also would tie federal transportation funding to state legislative action to penalize states that do not ban the use of handheld and hands-free communication devices in school zones.

NSC estimates at least 28 percent of all traffic crashes -- or 1.6 million crashes -- each year involve drivers using cell phones.