The House recently passed H.R. 4348, a shell surface transportation reauthorization bill that extends the current authorization until the end of September and does not include any significant safety provisions. The passage of this bill now allows the House and the Senate to convene a conference committee, in which members from both chambers will come together and attempt to craft a single compromise bill. The conference committee is expected to begin meeting next week. FocusDriven would like our advocates who live in the states of Senate conferees - Alabama, California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah or West Virginia - to write their elected officials in support of retaining the Senate distracted driving provisions in the compromise bill.
FocusDriven strongly supports the distracted driving provisions in the Senate bill, which include a $39 million distracted driving grant program to incentivize states to adopt distracted driving laws, and would like to see these provisions retained in the final conference legislation.
It is important that members of the conference committee hear from their constituents in support of these life-saving provisions. I strongly encourage you to take action today by visiting the National Safety Council advocacy webpage and sending a letter to your federal representative(s). From the page, you can easily identify your elected officials and seamlessly send them customizable emails in a matter of minutes.
Thank you for your continued efforts in the fight against distracted driving. We will continue to keep you informed as the legislation moves forward.
Executive Director, Founding Board Member