Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Brewer vetoes bill that would have increased roadway safety in Arizona

Made deep cuts to public safety just months before

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed on Monday a bipartisan public safety bill that would have kept large trucks out of the left-hand lane of a three-lane highway, a measure proven to make Arizona’s roads safer.

House Bill 2300, sponsored by House Democratic Policy Leader Steve Farley, established a two-year pilot program that required large trucks or vehicles pulling trailers to drive in the two right-hand lanes of non-urbanized highways with three or more lanes in each direction.

“It just makes no sense why Gov. Brewer vetoed such an important public safety bill,” Farley said. “But then again, Arizonans are all too familiar with Gov. Brewer’s record on public safety — she chose to make massive cuts to public safety this year, which just took more police officers off our streets.”

Farley worked with the Arizona Department of Transportation to craft the bill and across the aisle with Republican colleagues. The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House and the Senate before it was sent to Brewer. Brewer did not contact Farley to discuss the bill before vetoing it.

The lane regulations of this bill would have created safety benefits such as:
Positioning largest vehicles out of the highest speed lanes
Reducing the frequency of passenger vehicles being boxed in by large trucks
Reducing evasive truck maneuvers to the trucker's blind side
Providing additional spacing from life-saving median barriers
Providing additional truck clearance from opposing direction traffic
Improving visibility and clearance for disabled vehicles in or along median shoulders

Other states like North Carolina and Texas observed high reductions in truck-related crashes after a similar law was put into effect.
(See study: http://safety.transportation.org/htmlguides/hvy_trks/HTApp9.htm)

“Arizonans are all too familiar with the tragedies of heavy truck-related crashes on our highways, particularly on I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix,” Farley said. “This bill provided a common-sense way to make our roads safer and to save lives, but Gov. Brewer made yet another bad choice and vetoed it.”

1 comment:

  1. Yeah! common sense, A way to make the roads safer is start ticketing the 4-wheeling public for speeding, tailgating, aggressive driving. I invited Mr. Farley to go for a ride with me in my 18-wheeler around Phoenix on I-10, the 101, 60 and the 202 so he could see from a trucks point of view. It isn't always what it seems. In 8 out of 10 car/ truck accidents, the car was at fault, that's the Federal DOT statistic. A truck driver, drives between 100,000 and 150,000 miles per year, how many miles does the average motorist drive including vacation travel, 12,000, maybe 16,000 miles.