Maryland, D.C. Get Green Lights for Auto Safety
Monday, January 19, 2009; HE02
Each year, Advocates, a coalition of consumer, health and safety groups and insurance companies, analyzes the types and number of road safety laws in each state. It identifies 15 "optimal" laws that cover such issues as blood alcohol levels and the licensing of teen drivers.
"Green" jurisdictions (15 states, including
"We won't allow a state to be green unless they have [a primary enforcement law,]" said Judith Stone, president of Advocates. In
Annually, more than 41,000 people are killed in traffic accidents. Stone said that Advocates hopes the cost of traffic accidents might lead some legislatures to strengthen their safety laws. Not only do these laws save lives, Stone said, but they also save billions of dollars in medical and emergency response expenditures, insurance, property damage and other costs.
"This is a freebie," Stone said.