CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Con.Res. 74 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) on March 16, 2009.
H.Con.Res. 74 resolves that Congress:
• "Supports the goals and ideals of a decade of action for road safety with a global target to reduce by 50 percent the predicted increase in global road deaths between 2010 and 2020;
• "Urges the Obama Administration and the Department of State, in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), to set ambitious road traffic casualty reduction targets for United States citizens traveling abroad;
• "Encourages international harmonization of road safety regulations and good practices through accession to and implementation of related United Nations legal instruments, resolutions, and manuals issued by the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration; and
• "Urges the Obama Administration to take a leadership role at the First Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Moscow and for the United States to work with nations around the world to achieve the goals and ideals of a decade of action for road safety and to reduce the impact of this health epidemic on the global community."
According to the resolution's findings, 40,000 people in the United States and 1.3 million people globally die in road crashes each year. Crashes are the leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24 years around the world. According to the World Health Organization, over 90 percent of motorist-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.