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ERIC Number: ED248981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-28
Reference Count: N/A
Highway Safety Programs Encouraging the Use of Child Restraint Systems. Report to Accompany H.R. 4616 from the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, U.S. House of Representatives, Ninety-Eighth Congress, Second Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Public Works.
This report from the Committee on Public Works and Transportation provides background information related to H.R. 4616 and gives an estimate of costs associated with carrying out the bill. The report points out that, whereas 44 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws requiring that children be placed in safety seats and whereas studies indicate that public education and safety seat loan programs have been effective in increasing safety seat use, most children under 5 years of age continue to be transported unrestrained, even by safety belts. Specifically, the bill in question amends section 403 (a) (1) of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 for the purpose of providing additional authorizations out of the Highway Trust Fund to carry out highway safety programs by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). An additional $15 million is authorized for fiscal year 1985, bringing the total NHTSA highway safety funding level for 1985 to $115 million. An additional $20 million is authorized for fiscal year 1986, bringing the total funding level in 1986 to $120 million. The report also specifies criteria intended to guarantee that federal monies are spent in the most effective and uniform manner. These criteria include (1) mandatory use of child restraints; (2) an intensive education program for parents and police; (3) training police to enforce the law; (4) media awareness programs; (5) loaner programs to aid low income families; and (6) involvement of a broad spectrum of people and organizations to promote child restraint programs. Changes in existing law made by the bill are indicated. (RH)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Public Works.