(Written by Marianne Karth)
This morning, I was reflecting for a moment on how this drafted comprehensive underride protection legislation began back in March. Here are a few interesting things which I posted about during that time (and since):
–2 Moms Share Their Safer Truck Message in Hallways & Hearings on The Hill
–DOT Regulatory Priorities for 2017
–2 Moms, Sick & Tired of Waiting, Draft Truck Underride Legislation
–2 Moms Collaborate With Innovative & Insightful Truck Industry Leaders
–Heading for DC to Discuss the Need for the Best Possible Underride Protection on All Trucks
–If this had been a real-life crash, side underride would be avoided & people in the car would have survived!
–Australian Engineer Comments on U.S. Underride Protection
–2 moms going back to DC. Ready to shed light on the problem of truck underride & the need for change.
–Sen. @CoryBooker gave me directions & carried my bag from Union Station to The Hill
–Thanks @SenMarkey for pausing on the sidewalk to hear our stories.
–In Memory of loved ones who died in Wars in this country, including over 3.5 million in “Car Safety Wars”
–WUSA9 Underride Series Sheds Light on Deadly Truck Underride Tragedies & Solutions
–Deadly crashes spur calls for tractor-trailer side guards AP, July 30, 2017
–Animated Illustration of Airflow Deflector’s AngelWing Side Guard
-WHY IS THIS SO IMPORTANT? Because it is not necessarily always the collision of a passenger vehicle with a large truck which causes horrific deaths and injuries but rather the collision of the truck with the passenger occupant space in the SECOND COLLISION which occurs with truck underride. This is what we aim to end.
This has truly been a team effort!
We also handed Senator Thune a petition consisting of over 10,000 signatures calling for side underride protection!