Honored by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
Yesterday, the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety presented Delaware Congressman Mike Castle with their Highway Safety Leader award for his efforts to advance teen driving safety. This award was presented as part of their 20th Anniversary celebration.
Rep. Castle stated, "Our efforts to require teenagers to have a graduated driver's license and preventing phone and text use while driving is becoming more popular around the nation and I am proud to be a part of this educational effort, which is literally saving lives. I appreciate the recognition from the advocates like those at the Highway and Auto Safety who have worked for the past 20 years to make our roads safer, and I am honored to receive this award."
The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety's Highway Safety Leader award is given to individuals who have shown leadership, innovation, dedication and commitment to increasing vehicle safety. Rep. Castle, along with Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY), introduced the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act (H.R. 1895) in the 111th Congress. H.R. 1895 would implement a federal graduated driver license law for teenage drivers.
In addition to teen driver safety, Rep. Castle is working to address distracted driving, which is now the number one cause of motor vehicle crashes in the United States. Earlier this month, he joined Congresswoman Betsy Markey (D-CO) in forming the Congressional Distracted Driving Caucus to serve as a bipartisan group dedicated to increasing awareness about the dangers of talking and texting while driving. He also supported designating April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.