California wins ‘green’ driver safety law rating

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 - 11:03 am

California ranks among the top 10 states nationally in a new study of motorist safety laws.

In its 2014 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws, the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety group noted that fatalities are up nationally and that there continues to be wide differences in safety laws among states.

California was one of a handful of states that achieved a “green rating,” meeting the highest standards for safety. Other “green” states were Illinois, Oregon, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Maine, Rhode Island, Washington and Louisiana.

“We release this report at a critical time as the nation’s motor vehicle fatalities climbed for the first time in 2012 after six consecutive years of decline,” said Jackie Gillan, Advocates’ President. “The Roadmap Report provides practical and proven solutions to reduce the highway death and injury toll.”

California has laws covering most of the 15 safety categories listed by the group. They include primary seat belt enforcement, a motorcycle helmet requirement for all riders, booster seats, graduated licensing for teen drivers, impaired driving laws, and driver text messaging restrictions.

States with the worst rating include North and South Dakota, Arizona, Florida, Montana and Alabama.

Call The Bee’s Tony Bizjak, (916) 321-1059.

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