Senator Seats Upheld by GOP over Seat Belt Cover Implant News and Notes
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Monday to hold a hearing on the expiration of seat belts on Capitol grounds, and a bill is in the works to extend the federal government’s ability to purchase seat belts.
The committee is expected to hold hearings on the issue in February.
“The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice will hold a public hearing on seat belt expiration on February 16th,” Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said in a statement Monday.
“We believe the committee should hold hearings and a vote on extending the seat belt mandate in order to prevent a new epidemic of seat belt injuries in the next two years.”
The hearing will likely include witnesses from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, the American Medical Association, and the National Association of Seat Belt and Headrest Manufacturers.
The hearing is expected take place at 10:30 a.m.
EST in the Senate Judiciary Building, according to Leahy’s statement.
While the hearing is likely to be contentious, it’s unlikely to be a major issue for the public.
The seat belt extension is a major public safety issue in the United States.
The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that nearly 3,000 people are killed in car accidents each year because they are unable to buckle up in time.
Seat belt manufacturers, including Apple, Samsung, and others, have made significant strides in designing and developing seat belt systems, with a recent study finding that the average American uses just five seat belts a year.
As of April, more than 14 million people were using a seat belt, and that number is expected rise to 15 million people by 2021.
The American Heart Association has found that the number of Americans who have lost their lives to a car seat seat or other restraint is at its highest level in more than 25 years, according the group’s website.
The committee has not yet scheduled a hearing.
A spokesperson for the National Conference of State Legislatures said the chamber would not comment on any pending hearing.