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Reducing Global Traffic Deaths

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Speaker, House Concurrent Resolution 74 notes the importance of the goals and ideals of a decade of action for road safety. As this measure reminds us, 40,000 people in the United States and 1.3 million people worldwide die in road crashes each year, and many more are injured. Road crashes are the leading cause of death globally for young people. In light of these facts, we ought to explore ways to do more to help prevent road crash-related deaths and injuries.

This resolution expresses support for the goals of a decade of action for road safety. It urges the Obama administration, the Department of State, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to set ambitious road traffic casualty reduction targets for American citizens. Finally, it urges the administration to work with nations around the world to achieve the goals and ideals of a decade of action for road safety.

I would like to thank my colleague and good friend from Florida (Mr. Wexler) for introducing this important measure, which I am pleased to support.

I reserve the balance of my time.


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