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Highway safety group releases state ratings

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A national highway safety group is urging states to pass stronger traffic safety laws. The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety Group released its 10th annual report card grading states' road safety laws.

Overall, Ohio and Michigan received a yellow "caution" rating, meaning the states are making progress but still have some gaps in highway safety measures.

Safety advocates say not a single state has adopted all 15 of the recommended traffic safety laws.

"We cannot continue to allow common sense and life-saving safety laws to languish in state legislatures when the death and injury toll continues to grow," says the report. "Right now, we're all very focused on the flu epidemic and the flu epidemic is affecting more than half the states right now. But the highway crash epidemic affects every single state, every single year, year after year. And we have the proven vaccines to address this public health epidemic."

One of the recommendations is a primary enforcement seat belt law, which 18 states still do not have.

Fourteen states and Washington DC were given high marks, showing "significant advancement" toward adopting all the recommended laws.

Click here to view the full report.


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