National Move Over Law Day Resolutions (H.Res.1052 & S.Res.734)

With Election Day next week, elected officials in Washington, and across the country are back in their districts, meeting with constituents and working to secure last-minute votes. However, TRAA's advocacy work continues, as we meet with staff to educate and advocate on policy impacting the industry. But as we have stated before, building a government affairs effort takes time and consistency.
One example of this is the recent additions of Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) to the bipartisan Senate National Move Over Law Day Resolution (S.Res.734). Both Senators have been long-standing champions of roadside safety working together to request the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the effectiveness of “Move Over” laws, the challenges states face in implementing these laws and how the federal government can help states increase public awareness to avoid emergency responders being killed when they are stopped on the side of the road.
Senator Duckworth has participated in TRAA's annual Hill Day events and said this about the resolution:
The increase in roadside incidents and fatalities in Illinois and across the country is both troubling and heartbreaking. I am pleased to have partnered with the Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA) over the years, as they advocate on a number of issues such as enacting the Protecting Roadside First Responders Act. I'm also proud to join my colleagues as a co-sponsor of the bipartisan resolution to raise awareness of “Slow Down, Move Over” state laws to reduce struck-by-vehicle injuries and fatalities. I look forward to continuing to work with TRAA on these and other issues as a voice of the towing industry in Washington.”
In June, the House and Senate resolutions were a focus of TRAA's advocacy efforts, and we thank the Senator for her leadership and partnership on helping keep our workforce and our roads safer.
On Monday (10/31) the House National Move Over Law Day Resolution (H.Res.1052) also added bipartisan co-sponsors Representative Alex Mooney (R-WV-02)Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-09), and Representative Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-NM-03). Again, these were connections made earlier in the year and we appreciate each representative's support.
Beyond election day, in November we also recognize national Crash Responder Safety Week (CRSW) from November 14-18, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration and is designed to raise public awareness to help keep roadway responders and the public safe around traffic incidents. TRAA is honored to sit on FHWA's Executive Leadership Group (ELG) and will take part in events in Washington during that time.
Congress will return to work in Washington after the elections, and TRAA is already at work to advance policy during the lame duck session and has been working with members and staff on an updated agenda for the new Congress beginning in January. Stay tuned for additional details and information.
David J. Garriepy
Vice President, Government Affairs
Tremont Strategies Group (TSG)



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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!