AAA Advocates Greater Safety Reqs for High Risk Car Insurance Group

Calling safety improvements a budget-neutral way for legislators to make their states better places to live, auto insurance provider AAA released today its legislative advocacy agenda for 2011.

AAA and other insurance companies have long advocated stricter requirements for teenage drivers and bans on sending and reading text messages while driving. And in 2011, the provider intends to keep promoting greater safety provisions for the young, high risk car insurance group.

“Last year showed states’ strong commitment to traffic safety as nearly a dozen states enacted laws banning texting while driving. But there were also real safety improvements on core needs like teen driver safety, primary seat belt laws and child passenger safety,” said AAA’s vice president of public affairs, Kathleen Marvaso, in a statement. “AAA is working with legislators and other safety advocates in statehouses across the country to draft and pass legislation in 2011 that will make roads safer.”

According to AAA, the types of legislation include texting-while-driving bans, improved graduated licensing programs, new booster seat laws and primary seat belt laws.

Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that 30 states and the District of Columbia have texting bans for all drivers, eight have partial bans and 12 currently have no such ban.

As for graduated licensing standards, the insurer says that many states have recently instituted positive changes, but that these have not been enough.

Only five states — Oklahoma, Indiana, Delaware, New York and West Virginia — meet AAA’s standards for licensing systems. Those states all have extensive restrictions on how late new motorists can drive, how many passengers they can carry at a time and the circumstances under which they must practice driving.

About Ben Zitney
Benjamin Zitney has been covering the auto insurance industry for the past 2.5 years. Before coming to Online Auto Insurance News, he produced an extensive company history of the 30-year-old California Joint Powers Insurance Authority and worked at the Cal State Long Beach Daily Forty-Niner as a reporter, copy editor and news editor.

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