Barletta Named “Highway Safety Hero”
Rep. Barletta receives the Highway Safety Hero award. Pictured from left to right: Marchelle Wood (whose daughter Dana was killed at age 18 by a tractor trailer), Jackie Gillan, Jill Claybrook, and Andrew McGuire.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, has been named a “Highway Safety Hero” by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, a broad alliance dedicated to improving safety conditions on American roadways. In selecting Barletta for the award, the group highlighted his work in limiting the size and weight of trucks while a two-year federal study was conducted.
“In talking to these road safety advocates, I met Marchelle Wood, who has been involved in the issue ever since her 18-year-old daughter Dana was killed by a tractor trailer,” Barletta said. “It reminds me that my own four daughters drive on our roads every day, and every day I worry about their safety. I am an honored to be recognized by a group that shares my concerns.”
In 2012, Barletta teamed up with Rep. Jerry Costello (IL-12) to draft an amendment that maintained current truck size and weight limits while conducting a three-year study of the potential local and state costs any increases might bring. There would be significant safety and cost implications of such changes, as larger and heavier trucks are involved in a large percentage of fatal traffic accidents and cause greater damage to roads and bridges. The study is ongoing.
Additionally, Barletta is a strong advocate for investing in the Highway Safety Infrastructure Program, which provides for roadway safety infrastructure projects, such as installing guardrails or rumble strips. This successful program aggressively combats the 34,000 roadway fatalities that occur each year in the United States, and offers a tremendous return on investment with one study indicating that with every $1 million increase in safety obligations, seven roadway fatalities were prevented.