Refraining from dangerous driving behaviors, such as speeding, using cellphones or texting while driving, and driving while intoxicated, is a key element in avoiding car accidents and injuries. At the same time, even the safest and most law abiding drivers can find themselves in danger due to crumbling roads and over populated highways and interstate. Recently passed legislation aims at helping to address some of these problems, promising to provide funding for badly needed projects while also increasing the oversight needed to ensure both our roads and vehicles are safe.
Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act Aims To Increase Highway Safety
New legislation that was passed late in 2015 has finally gone into effect, promising to address some of the more troubling issues affecting our transportation system. According to the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which went into effect June 1, 2016, is the first law in over a decade to provide badly needed, long term funding to bring the nation’s crumbling highway infrastructure into the 21st century. Provisions within the FAST Act mean that states and local municipalities can now move ahead badly needed road surfacing and expansion projects, knowing the federal government is prepared to partner with them in sharing the expense. By paving the way to make roads stronger, better, and more efficient, this new bill promises to increase the safety of drivers as well as their passengers.
How the FAST Act Can Help
Originating from House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and in response to hundreds of congressional meetings and visits to states throughout the country, the FAST Act promises reforms to many of the nation’s transportation programs, as well as the establishment of new safety tools and protocols to help protect drivers. Among the key items the Fast Act will address are the following:
- Funding increases for road and highway safety programs;
- Safety grants for states to implement improvements;
- Improvements in the automotive recall process;
- Increases oversight and accountability of the auto industry in terms of automotive safety;
- Protections for consumers against car rental companies who rent vehicles with known safety defects;
- Increased incentives to states for programs that raise awareness of safety commercial trucking and transportation industry;
- Incentives for automakers to find ways to make trucks and buses safer;
- Amtrak reforms, reorganizing current business lines and giving states increased control over routes.
These changes promise to promote greater highway safety and a healthier economy, while also protecting drivers and their passengers against deceptive or dangerous practices when it comes to buying or renting a car.
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