While Texas isn’t quite scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to traffic safety laws, they aren’t exactly performing at a level they could write home to brag about either.
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety compared 15 different categories of traffic laws in all 50 states across the country, including Washington D.C., and found that a significant number of states had serious gaps in their enforcement laws.
“In the last two years we have experienced a sharp increase in traffic fatalities and a disturbing decrease in the number of state life-saving traffic safety laws,” says the organization’s president Jackie Gillan.
Only five states and Washington D.C. achieved a green rating according to their metrics: Rhode Island, Delaware, Washington, Louisiana, Oregon and the previously mentioned Washington D.C. According to the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety:
“States must have 11 to 15 laws including both primary enforcement seat belt laws, or 9 or more laws including both primary enforcement seat belt laws and an all-rider helmet law, to achieve a green rating.”
Texas reportedly achieved high marks for their laws against drunk driving and laws protecting child passengers, but they are one of the few states that lacks a complete texting ban on drivers. While previous legislative sessions have opposed a statewide ban in the past, a new iteration is expected to be introduced sometime this year.
“We want governors involved and we want state lawmakers,” adds Gillan. “You can’t let these bills wind up in what I call legislative graveyards.”
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