American Public Concerned About Safety Of Mexican Trucks, According to Survey
Oct 1, 2001 12:00 PM
A poll conducted by the Louis Harris company for the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS) reports that 94% of surveyed Americans want tighter safety restrictions on Mexican trucks before they enter the United States and operate on its highways.
AHAS, an alliance of consumer, health, safety, insurance, and law enforcement organizations, commissioned the survey to gauge the American public's views on several highway and vehicle safety issues. Harris polled a cross-section of US adults (18 years and older) on a range of safety issues. Among the findings:
78% of those surveyed want more attention paid to improving intersection safety. Despite heated debates across the nation, state laws to allow use of red-light cameras as a law enforcement supplement were favored in the poll by more than a 2-to-1 majority of the public (69%).
76% of those surveyed favor legislation that would restrict use of cell phones while driving, and 83% want more attention paid to the issue of cell-phone use by drivers.
94% of those surveyed oppose access by Mexican trucks to US highways without proper US safety inspections.
More than 70% of those surveyed expressed concern about the dangers of rollovers in vehicles. In addition, 85% favored a federal rollover standard.
83% of those polled (compared with 77% in 1999) favor an increase in federal spending on highway and auto safety programs, with 82% supporting a “penny at the pump” tax (one cent of the current 18.4 cents per gallon gas tax) to support this additional financing.
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