Below is a letter received from the office of Senator Harry Reid, showing his support for the Roads Safe Act, as well as instituting stricter DUI penalties! (Permission to post obtained by Senator Reid’s Washington DC office)
Thank you for contacting me with your support for the ROADS SAFE Act. I appreciate hearing from you.
I understand your frustration regarding this issue, as approximately three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives. In 2006, 33% of all traffic fatalities involved an alcohol concentration higher than the legal limit. I, too, am deeply concerned about the impact this destructive behavior has on our communities.
The Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stopping Alcohol-Related Fatalities Everywhere Act (S. 3030), also known as the ROADS SAFE Act, was introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) on February 25, 2010. The legislation directs the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to administer a collaborative research effort to explore the public policy effects and potential benefits of in-vehicle technology to prevent alcohol-impaired driving. A similar measure, H.R. 4890, was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Vernon Ehlers (R-MI-3) on March 19, 2010. The measures were referred to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the House Transportation and Infrastructure committees, respectively, for further review. Please be assured that I will remain mindful of your views should the ROADS SAFE Act come to the full Senate for consideration.
I believe that we must work harder to not only keep drunk drivers off the roads, but also to enforce stricter penalties can help deter potential offenders from engaging in such reckless and dangerous behavior. You may be interested to learn that I supported an amendment offered by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) to the 2005 highway bill to increase penalties for individuals who operate motor vehicles while intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol. This bill was passed by the House and Senate on July 29, 2005, and signed into law (P.L. 109-59) by the President on August 10, 2005.
Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. For more information about my work for Nevada, my role in the United States Senate Leadership, or to subscribe to regular e-mail updates on the issues that interest you, please visit my Web site at http://reid.senate.gov/. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
My best wishes to you.
United States Senator