Group pushes for new legislation to make Texas roads safer - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Group pushes for new legislation to make Texas roads safer

Posted: Updated:

Amarillo, TX - Texas legislators could do more to reduce wrecks like these through stronger traffic laws, according to a recent report.

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, a lobbying group in Washington, just released their annual report card for state traffic safety records - and Texas didn't do well.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were about 32,310 people killed on U.S. roadways in 2011 - and about ten percent of those fatalities came out of Texas.

The advocacy group is continuing to push state legislators to enact fifteen specific laws concerning motorcycle helmets, booster seats, and texting, to name a few -- Texas is actually one of only fifteen states that does not have any statewide texting laws.

Jackie Gillan, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, says simple legislation is key to improving public safety on our highways, saying, "It doesn't make sense when we're looking at the death and injury toll in Texas that they lack some of these fundamental laws that we know will go a long way towards saving lives and reducing death as well as the economic cost."

Projected traffic fatalities for 2012 predict a seven percent increase over last year, which would be the largest jump since 1975.  The causes are many and arguable, but some contend the solution lies in legislation.

"There's a lot of talk right now about the flu epidemic that is affecting about half the states," says Gillan.  "We have a highway crash epidemic that's affecting every single state, and we have a vaccine to cure it: we have these laws that we know will bring down deaths and injuries."

Last July, President Obama enacted the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, or MAP-21.  The law provides financial incentive programs and grants to encourage states to adopt the suggested laws. 

If you'd like to learn more about the report or delve into the statistics for yourself, follow the links attached to this story.

  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • Scam targets college students

    Scam targets college students

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-04-18 03:53:02 GMT
    Millions of dollars in student loans are due each year, but now some scammers are taking advantage of students who are working hard to pay them off. In many cases, the student loan scammer claims to get rid of your debt, but asks for a fee up front.'When you are asked to pay a fee before you get the loan, that's actually illegal in this country. It's called an advanced fee loan scam," said Janna Kiehl with the Amarillo Better Business Bureau.But, student loan debt can quickly become overwhelm...
    Millions of dollars in student loans are due each year, but now some scammers are taking advantage of students who are working hard to pay them off. In many cases, the student loan scammer claims to get rid of your debt, but asks for a fee up front.'When you are asked to pay a fee before you get the loan, that's actually illegal in this country. It's called an advanced fee loan scam," said Janna Kiehl with the Amarillo Better Business Bureau.But, student loan debt can quickly become overwhelm...
  • Snack Pak 4 Kids needs help fighting summer hunger

    Snack Pak 4 Kids needs help fighting summer hunger

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:27:33 GMT
    Amarillo, TX - Snack Pak 4 Kids works with area schools to end weekend hunger, but that hunger doesn't end when schools get out for summer.
    Amarillo, TX - Snack Pak 4 Kids works with area schools to end weekend hunger, but that hunger doesn't end when schools get out for summer.
  • Power of the Purse Luncheon

    Power of the Purse Luncheon

    Amarillo,TX - The annual Power of the Purse Luncheon brought many people to the Amarillo Civic Center today. 
    Amarillo,TX - The annual Power of the Purse Luncheon brought many people to the Amarillo Civic Center today. 
Powered by WorldNow
KSWO-TV, 1401 SE 60th Street
Lawton, OK 73501

Telephone: (580) 355-7000
Fax: (580) 357-3811
Email: news@kswo.com

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KSWO. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.