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Emergency Responder Safety: States and DOT Are Implementing Actions to Reduce Roadside Crashes

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has just released their report on Emergency Responder Safety. As we shared earlier in the year, TRAA met with and assisted the GAO as the towing industry's representative on this report. As the research arm of policy-making, the GAO's report is a critical step towards accomplishing one of TRAA's primary legislative goals: establishing federal Move Over Law provisions.
 
The GAO report was commissioned by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Deb Fischer (R-NE) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17) in July 2019. These members of Congress are currently working on legislation that would authorize and fund the collection of injury and death data for all traffic incident management partners. The GAO's report outlines current state Move Over Laws and should give members of Congress the leverage to move forward with their data collection legislation. The collection of data on struck-by and fatalities for all responders is the next essential step towards the final goal of federal Move Over Law provisions.

Policy making in Washington takes a lot of time and substantial effort. Thank you to all of our members for their support as we do this critical work on behalf of the entire towing and recovery industry!

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TRAA is the national association representing the U.S. towing and recovery industry. We act as the "voice of America's towing industry" by offering representation, education, and leadership at the federal level. Much of our focus is on representing the interests of the towing and recovery industry on Capitol Hill including promoting positive legislation and opposing potentially negative legislation. TRAA is the industry's watchdog on Capitol Hill!