Public Policy

The following are AAAM-supported public policies and position statements. For questions regarding AAAM policy please contact the Executive Director at info@aaam.org.

Blood Alcohol Concentration Limit

Policy Statement

WHEREAS critical driving performance is significantly impaired at blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of 0.05 g/dL and above, WHEREAS the risk of being involved in a crash increases significantly at BACs at or exceeding 0.05 g/dL, WHEREAS lowering the illegal BAC limit for driving to 0.05 g/dL reduces alcohol-related crashes

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Booster Seats

Policy Statement

WHEREAS, it has been documented that between 40% and 50% of 4 – to 8 – year-old children killed in motor vehicle crashes are totally unrestrained. WHEREAS, not even half of all states have child passenger restraint laws that require the use of child restraints, including booster seats, by children over age four.

WHEREAS, it has been documented that 84% of the restrained

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Electronic Stability Systems

Policy Statement

Whereas, worldwide, single vehicle crashes represent nearly a third of all crashes with a fatal occupant injury,

Whereas, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) effectiveness studies completed in different countries and different parts of the world have found that ESC reduces the risk of occupant fatality in single vehicle crashes

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Event Data Recorder

Policy Statement

WHEREAS, more accurate data gathered on highway crashes allows better understanding of crash causation and vehicle performance and enhances the ability to develop effective programs to reduce the injuries received in crashes. WHEREAS, it has been shown that event data recorders provide benefits in monitoring the efficacy of restraint systems (airbags and seat belts) during the short period of a crash

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Graduated Driver Licensing Systems for Novice Drivers

Policy Statement

WHEREAS young novice drivers have the highest crash rates of any age group, WHEREAS research shows that specific driving restrictions for novice drivers substantially reduce the crash risk of these young drivers, WHEREAS graduated driver licensing (GDL) systems with at least three stages have been shown to be effective in reducing the crash rate of novice drivers

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Primary Enforcement of Seat Belt Use Laws

Policy Statement

WHEREAS, the effectiveness of occupant restraint devices of various types and for different age groups in reducing death and injuries has been documented worldwide. WHEREAS, there is a strong correlation between the restraint use of children and the driver of their vehicle. WHEREAS, states with primary seat belt use laws have an eleven to fifteen percent higher usage rate than states without primary use laws

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Restraint

Policy Statement

WHEREAS age- and size-appropriate child safety seats reduce the risk of death in a crash for infants by 71% and for toddlers age 1-4 by 54%, and WHEREAS, for children between 4 and 8 years of age, belt positioning boosters reduce the risk of injury in a crash by 45% -59% compared with lap/shoulder belts alone, and WHEREAS primary enforcement of legislation requiring the presence and use of restraints is the most effective method of increasing occupant

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Motorcycle Helmet

Policy Statement

WHEREAS brain injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes, and WHEREAS motorcycle helmets are 39% effective in preventing crash-related fatalities and 67% effective in preventing crash-related brain injuries among motorcycle riders, and WHEREAS universal motorcycle helmet use laws have been shown to significantly increase helmet use and are easily enforced because of the high visibility of motorcycle riders, and…

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