PRESS STATEMENT: Press Conference Feb. 5 Will Support "Safe Driving Bill"
Business, labor, faith, and safety groups join to push for law to license and insure all Massachusetts drivers
Jan 21, 2014 BOSTON — On Wednesday,, leaders in business, labor, faith and public safety will join with immigrants and their allies at a press conference outlining their support for the "Safe Driving Bill," which they will present in detail later that day at the hearing of the Joint Committee on Transportation. The speakers will emphasize the bill's overall benefit to every resident of the Commonwealth. By removing barriers that prevent some residents from applying for a learner's permit and taking a driving test, the bill would go a long way towards making sure all Massachusetts drivers are trained, licensed and insured. Not only would road accidents be reduced, police and other officals who monitor our roads and highways would be able to focus on safety first and foremost. The bill would also particularly help some who do not live near public transportation, and protect the health and well-being of children who depend on their parents in medical emergencies.
"I am testifying before the committee because the Safe Driving Bill presents a solution to the problem of road safety," said Carly McClain, a mother who was injured in an accident with an uninsured and unlicensed driver. "If the gentleman who hit my car had had the ability to apply for a license, he might have then passed a road test that would have made him a safer driver. States from California and Colorado to our neighbors Connecticut and Vermont have passed laws to disentangle immigration policy from road safety. It's time for our diverse and progressive state to do the same by passing our own Safe Driving Bill."
WHAT: Press-Conference Supporting "Safe Driving Bill"
WHERE: Nurses Hall
Massachusetts State House