Senate reauthorization bill would increase safety funding

Washington – States willing to implement new and stricter transportation safety laws could receive additional federal funding, according to a Senate surface transportation reauthorization bill (S. 1813) that passed March 14.

Additional federal funding would be provided to states that increase data-collection efforts on roadway injuries and fatalities associated with older drivers and pedestrians. The states also could receive increased funding by implementing stricter laws addressing Graduated Driver Licensing, driving under the influence violations and safety belt violations.

The bill would reauthorize and fund federal safety transportation agencies and programs for two years; the current short-term authorization is set to expire March 31. At press time, the bill was on its way to the House, which has been working on a separate multiyear reauthorization bill.

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