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Washington State Gets a Green Light from a National Safety Organization

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WASHINGTON--State Highway 395 in Kennewick is just one of many roadways where Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety want to see tougher traffic laws enforced.

17 states including Washington State received a green light, the best rating. This report card will be given to Governor Christine Gregoire along with the state legislature. It will contain data on traffic deaths.

More importantly, the report will show that states are graded on whether or not they have passed what the advocates refer to as 15 essential highway safety laws.

"The state of Washington was green," mentions Jackie Gillan, Vice President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. They have made progress in adopting these laws, but there are still some dangerous loopholes that they need to address in their highway safety laws."

Gillan says what's missing in Washington State are sobriety checkpoints. She also says laws should prevent teen drivers from using both hands-held and hands free devices while driving.

Again, a green  light for Washington State. According to Gillan, legislators still have some work to do.


 

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