Cape Coral Accident Lawyers: Are New Road Safety Initiatives On the Way?

by Carmen Dellutri on October 26, 2012

Florida car accident attorneyA new federal transportation law could mean more traffic safety initiatives are on the way for Florida drivers. The law, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21, calls for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to adopt several new rules designed to make our roadways safer.

Below is a brief summary of the initiatives, as detailed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:

Car Seat Safety: The law directs the NHTSA to initiate rulemaking within a year to make it easier to install child restraints in rear seats using Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH). The systems became mandatory in 2003 model passenger vehicles, but only 21 of 98 2010-11 model vehicles evaluated by IIHS have easy-to-use LATCH designs.

Rear Seatbelt Reminders: The law also requires NHTSA to initiate rulemaking within two years to require seatbelt reminders for designated rear seats, similar to those used in the front seat. The law also allows safety regulators to require longer buzzers or chimes. An IIHS study found that driver fatality rates were 6 percent lower in vehicles with enhanced belt reminders than in vehicles without them. Researchers also found that systems that sound an alarm for a total of 90 seconds are more effective than those that meet the current minimum requirements

Graduated Driving Laws: The law also provides increased grant funding to states that enact graduated driving laws. In order to qualify, the learner’s stage must be at least six months, prohibit driver cellphone use and last until the driver is 16 and enters the intermediate stage, or turns 18. The intermediate stage must be at least six months, ban cell- phone use, restrict driving at night, limit passengers to no more than one nonfamily member and last until age 18.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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