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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A brand new research exhibits a scarcity of driver security legal guidelines might assist clarify the surging variety of individuals killed in accidents.
The report ranks driving security legal guidelines nationwide and ranked Rhode Island on the prime when it comes to security whereas South Dakota is on the very backside.
James Shaffer’s spouse Emma and their 12-yr-previous daughter have been driving in Denton, Texas final April. They have been struck head on by a 24-yr-previous mom who had her younger daughter within the automotive. Police consider she was texting. All 4 died within the crash.
“Our lives have been drastically modified and shattered,” stated Shaffer.
Shaffer stated he would always remember having to inform his son the information.
“Sitting him down and having to elucidate to him that his mom and sister have been gone and had died was in all probability the toughest factor I’ve ever needed to do in my life,” stated Shaffer.
Texas state regulation solely bans drivers underneath 18 from texting. An all-driver texting ban is amongst 15 security legal guidelines the brand new report says each state ought to have.
The measures vary from main enforcement of seat belts to graduated driver licenses for teenagers and ignition locks for DUI offenders.
The report gave low marks to 17 states for being “dangerously behind” in adopting “optimum legal guidelines.”
South Dakota scored on the backside with simply two of the 15.
The Mount Rushmore state governor’s workplace blamed the legislature.
Jackie Gillan is the president of the Advocates for Freeway and Auto Security.
“I feel there’s resistance in state legislatures to inform individuals to buckle up or put their youngsters in a correct baby restraint and we have to change that,” stated Gillan.
Earlier this month, the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration estimated almost 28 thousand individuals died in crashes through the first 9 months of 2016. That quantity is up about eight % from 2015, which noticed the most important rise in deaths in 50 years.
Advocates for freeway and auto security argue there’s additionally an financial value that comes with the crashes.
In accordance with the report, motorcar accidents value about $242 billion a yr. That so-referred to as “crash tax” boils down to just about $800 per individual within the U.S.