In 2005, the Federal government allocated $244.1 billion to fund state investment needed to maintain and grow our transportation infrastructure. Education of the public and enhanced law enforcement involvement is part of the transportation infrastructure funded by the money allocated by Congress.
As of this month, September, 2012, Congress is seeking to slash grants which fund state programs designed to prevent alcohol/distracted driving accidents, motorcycle safety, and teen education. This Congressional intention comes at a time when in the first 3 months of this year, traffic fatalities have jumped 13.5%, the highest number, in a similar time frame, since 2008.
In response, the Governors’ Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) are asking Congress to continue funding the programs which they say reduce traffic accident deaths by continued education. They are not asking for a funding increase but for a continuation of funding previously provided to states for traffic accident prevention programs. Without continued funding, states will have to rely on any funds not utilized in the previous fiscal year. In many states, especially the smaller ones which received less funding to begin with, this will mean that programs in place may be discontinued. GHSA and MADD argue that this means that the trend begun at the outset of this year – increased traffic accident fatalities – would continue.
Being injured or having a loved one injured in a traffic accident is a horrible consequence of someone else’s lack of knowledge on traffic safety. If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligence of another, a Detroit car accident attorney at Lipton Law is here to help at (248) 557-1688. Should you need us, call for a free consultation.