State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today commended the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for taking part in the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) campaign to improve traffic safety and reduce crashes on Michigan highways.
“Each year, more than 35,000 people lose their lives on U.S highways,” said Rep. Cole. “In 2016, there were 1,064 deaths on Michigan roadways. I will continue to work with my colleagues and MDOT to protect our Michigan drivers.”
Cole, chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, continues to work hard to improve safety on Michigan roadways. The committee had many accomplishments for the first six months of the current 2017-18 session.
House Bills passed from the committee include:
- HB 4054, sponsored by state Rep. Holly Hughes, of Montague, to improve public safety by allowing school districts to install safety lighting on school buses. It is currently before the Senate Transportation Committee.
- HB 4466, sponsored by state Rep. Martin Howrylak, of Troy, to reduce distracted driving crashes by requiring drivers to operate mobile devices in a hands-free mode while driving.
- HB 4160, sponsored by state Rep. Shane Hernandez, of Port Huron, allows an individual to solicit contributions on behalf of a charitable or civic organization during daylights hours on a public street or roadway, under certain conditions. The individual collecting donations must be 18 years old and wear highly visible safety apparel. It is now Public Act 112 of 2017.
- HB 4306 sponsored by state Rep. Jim Tedder, of Clarkston, increases fees associated with obtaining and renewing motorcycle endorsements and motorcycle registration fees. Revenue from the endorsement fees will be used to increase motorcycle awareness to Michigan automobile drivers. It is now Public Act 115 of 2017.
Many states have adopted the TZD campaign that brings together stakeholders and transportation partners to improve safety through education, engineering, enforcement and emergency responses.
Rep. Cole’s office can be reached by calling (517) 373-0829 or emailing TristonCole@house.mi.gov