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New Poll Shows Wide Support for Increasing Auto Safety

With highway fatalities hitting a 13-year high and rollover crashes on the rise in 2003, nine of ten Americans say they support the federal government...
July 13, 2004

With highway fatalities hitting a 13-year high and rollover crashes on the rise in 2003, nine of ten Americans say they support the federal government setting stronger uniform auto safety standards, according to a new Lou Harris Poll released Monday July 12. The Harris Poll found that 84 percent of the American public, including eight of ten SUV owners, favor the U.S. government requiring manufacturers to make all motor vehicles, including SUVs, more stable and less likely to rollover in crashes. An estimated 43,000 people died in traffic crashes in 2003, the highest since 1990 and the fourth consecutive year that traffic deaths have risen. Deaths from vehicle rollover crashes also are on the rise, including a 10 percent jump in fatalities resulting from SUV rollover crashes last year.

The survey, sponsored by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, comes as Congress nears a vote on a long-awaited six-year $318 billion transportation bill known as the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act (S. 1072). Vehicle safety provisions in S. 1072 passed the U.S. Senate in February, but were not included in the House bill. House and Senate conferees are meeting to work out differences in the two versions, and a decision could come before Congress goes on summer recess this month. PIA is a board member of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

Poll Shows Support for Tougher Auto Safety Standards (Advocates press release 7/12/04)

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