Armstrong bill promotes vehicle safety

U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) on May 13 sponsored legislation directing the U.S. Transportation Secretary to develop and carry out annual education campaigns that inform the public about certain motor vehicle-related health and safety risks.

“It is important to ensure the public has all the best available information to make vehicle safety decisions,” Rep. Armstrong said recently. “My bill will ensure the public has access to timely information to help protect themselves and their families.”

Rep. Armstrong introduced the Safe Driving Vehicles Act, H.R. 3177, which also would direct the Transportation Secretary to develop an educational program and related resources for the campaign.

Specifically, the campaign would be designed to improve public awareness on risks including carbon monoxide poisoning from keyless ignition systems, impaired or distracted driving, and leaving children or pets unattended in a vehicle, according to the text of the bill.

If enacted, H.R. 3177 also would direct the secretary to develop the program no later than one year after the bill’s enactment and to make the resources publicly available on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to the bill, which has been referred to the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for consideration.