Fatal I-16 Crash Prompts Legislative Action

Chris Carter

This past April, five Georgia Southern nursing majors were killed on I-16 when a tractor trailer slammed into their car.

According to ActionNewsJax, the crash caused Hank Johnson, U.S. congressman from Georgia’s 4th district, to propose the Safe Roads Act of 2015. The purpose of this bill is to put into place regulations that would require tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles to have an automatic braking system installed.

Nothing can ease the pain caused by losing a loved one but maybe something good can come out of it. This law at the national level could save countless lives. The congressman’s website reads “According the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2011 alone, commercial motor vehicles were involved in nearly 130,000 crashes, resulting in more than 4,000 fatalities and 80,000 injuries.”

The law would require the installation of Forward Collision Avoidance and Mitigation or (F-CAM) in commercial vehicles. The bill was co-sponsered by Atlanta area representatives John Lewis and David Scott. On the same day it was introduced it was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.