The infrastructure bill passed by the U.S. Senate this month contains a slew of long-awaited highway safety provisions. Many of them are based on or supported by research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute.
The bill includes requirements for crash avoidance technology, an update to the rear underride guard standard for large trucks, an update to headlight standards to allow a new type of lighting technology, and a mandate to equip vehicles with passive alcohol detection technology.
“The Institutes’ influence is clearly visible in many provisions of this landmark legislation,” IIHS-HLDI President David Harkey says. “The degree to which we can classify these as safety wins will depend on how regulators carry out the instructions. We look forward to providing our input during the rulemaking process on each of these issues.”
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