Petition to Indiana State House, Indiana State Senate, Indiana Governor
Protect Drivers from the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide: Pass Savannah's Law
In 2015, My wife and I lost our daughter, Savannah. She was with her boyfriend, heading to the mall like a typical teenager when Savannah suddenly passed out. Her boyfriend tried to go to the hospital, but he too passed out. Only one of them ever woke up. Savannah had been overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning. In our grief, we struggled to understand how this could happen. We discovered that a simple emissions test would have detected the issue and prevented her death. It was a fact that was hard to come to terms with, and now we want to make sure such a tragic, preventable loss doesn’t happen to anyone else’s loved one. We are proposing Savannah’s Law to require all cars on the road to get a proper emissions test. Our first goal is to get the law passed in our home state of Indiana, where Savannah passed away. Emissions tests are needed to detect deterioration and rust, especially as a car gets older. The older the car, the higher the risk of there being an emissions issue that could lead to tragedy. This is what happened to Savannah. There were no warning signs. Without an emissions test, there was no way to know the car had become a ticking time bomb. Savannah’s Law would require all cars 10 years old or less, to get a biannual emissions test. Vehicles older than 10 years would have annual tests. Currently, only two counties in all of Indiana require any kind of emissions testing. These patchwork emissions testing requirements are an issue across the country, and it is costing lives. Please help us protect people from vehicles with deadly carbon monoxide leaks. Not only will we save lives, but we will improve air quality. Sign our petition asking the Indiana legislature and governor to pass Savannah’s Law.
Petition to Jay Nixon (Governor of Missouri), Bill Reiboldt
Strengthen Hit and Run Laws in Missouri
On September 12, 2015, my 19 year old son, Matthew Brooks Stevens was walking along Hwy 59 in Neosho, MO when he was hit and killed. The man who hit my son left him dead in the middle of the highway and fled the scene. Two weeks later with an attorney, he turned himself in to authorities. In the State of Missouri, if you leave the scene of an accident, the maximum penalty is a Felony which carries a sentence of 4 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. That's it. There's no suspension or revocation of a Driver's License. And if the accident involves a pedestrian, you have to prove another crime was being committed at the time of the accident (i.e. Driving while Intoxicated) before charges can be increased to manslaughter if the accident resulted in a death. This needs to change!!! For people who kill others with their vehicle and then flee the accident, there needs to be stiffer penalties! I am advocating for change. I'm proposing mandatory sentences, higher fines and a minimum 3-5 year suspension or revocation of licenses. There are other states around Missouri who have modified their laws on Hit & Run to include the very punishments that I just described, yet Missouri has done nothing to create change. Please help me send a clear message to our legislators that our loved ones are more valuable than a $5,000 fine! Thank you for your support!
Petition to Nathan Deal
Make Lane Splitting / Lane Filtering Legal in Ga
Lane-splitting or filtering is the act of riding a motorcycle on the lane separation lines on a highway. This is regarded by many countries to be the smartest method of motorcycle riding in traffic. It serves as a perk to commuting on a motorcycle and reducing the impact on emissions over driving a much larger vehicle. It also does much more than that. Lane-splitting reduces traffic, reduces injuries, and actually INCREASES rider safety. This is all supported in many studies, with one study from UC Berkley being the most recent and detailed (some details below). Among the U.C. Berkeley findings: – Lane-splitting is safe if done in traffic moving at 50 mph or less, and if motorcyclists do not exceed the speed of other vehicles by more than 15 mph – 69 percent of lane-splitting motorcyclists were exceeding the traffic speed by 15 mph or less speed differentials up to 15 mph were not associated with changes in the frequency of injury – Compared to riders who were not splitting lanes, lane-splitting motorcyclists were markedly less likely to suffer head injury (9 percent vs. 17 percent), torso injury (19 percent vs. 29 percent) or fatal injury (1.2 percent vs. 3 percent) – Lane-splitting riders were significantly less likely to be rear-ended than non-lane-splitting riders (2.6 percent vs. 4.6 percent) – Lane-splitting motorcyclists were more likely to be wearing a full-face helmet than other motorcyclists (81 percent vs. 67 percent) – Compared to other motorcyclists, lane-splitting riders were more often riding on weekdays and during commuting hours, were using better helmets and were traveling at slower speeds; – Lane-splitting riders were less likely to have been using alcohol. http://www.cycleworld.com/2015/06/02/ama-study-finds-lane-splitting-increases-rider-saftey/ This petition is to get lane-splitting legalized and written into law with the following provisions: - Definition: Lane-splitting is the act of operating a motorcycle inbetween lanes on a highway or interstate in order to pass traffic. - Definition: Filter/Filtering is the act of operating a motorcycle to the front of halted traffic in regards to traffic control lights (red-light). - Allow lane-splitting/filtering for all motorcycles (provisions would be made specifically restricting vehicles classified as motorcycles with more than 2 wheels, i.e. Polaris Slingshot) - Lane-splitting is encouraged to be performed between the two left-most lanes but is not limited only to those areas. - Motorcyclists may lane-split providing that the motorcyclist does not exceed a maximum speed of 45 miles per hour and no more than 15 miles-per-hour more than the surrounding traffic. (if surrounding traffic is moving at 10mph, the motorcyclist may not travel faster than 25mph) - Without a witness or proof via a video recording device, accidents will be favored to the vehicle that is not lane-splitting. - Motorcyclist must be properly wearing a DOT approved helmet. - Motor vehicles not lane-splitting shall not impede motion of vehicles that are lane-splitting - Motorcyclists choosing to filter must proceed to the front of traffic and choose either lane to the right or left. It is not permitted to sit at the light inbetween other vehicles. When moving into either lane, it is acceptable for the motorcyclists to be in the pedestrian walkway as not to completely block the walkway in an unsafe manner. - It is the motorcyclists responsibility to determine if lane-splitting and/or filtering can be performed in a safe manner. This petition will be given to Nathan Deal. He is Georgia's Governor. All of this information was used by permission of Matt Crosby. Here is the link to the NC petition. Sign it as well! https://www.change.org/p/dan-forest-nc-lt-governor-forest-make-lane-splitting-filtering-legal-in-north-carolina
Petition to NJ Transit/Coach USA and World Wide Public Transportation
Stop reckless, aggressive, and rude bus drivers from carelessly taking young innocent lives like Deshon Johnson.
Hello, My name is Naomi Johnson, Deshon Johnson's mother, and I am looking to pass a bill honoring my son Deshon Johnson to make a positive change for other victims everywhere. I want the bill to focus on preventing tragic deaths. I know the bill will not be a remedy to bring back loved ones, but I would like it to implement safety awareness and jail time for the bus drivers. I want a memorial at the location where Deshon's life ended or a street adopted and named in Deshon's honor. I am heartbroken every day thinking about how tragic Deshon’s death was. On the morning of July 18th, 2012 there is footage of Deshon Johnson patiently arriving at the seven eleven at 10:30 am and waiting for the bus till the bus arrived at 10:48 am. Deshon was patiently waiting at the bus stop to go to work. Once Deshon notices the bus time arrival he had gotten up to signal the bus to stop. Instead of the bus driver stopping to pick up his passengers he continues to speed through the green light and around the sharp corner. Deshon flagged the bus to stop again, but the bus kept on going speeding around the corner and the bus never stopped to pick him up. So, Deshon ran a few steps down from the bus stop on the corner of Bay Ave and Broad Street. My son banged on the front door while he was at the corner of the handicapped sidewalk. The Community Coach bus driver run over my child twice knocking him down. Romaine was driver driving NJ Transit bus when he dragged Deshon 50 to 100 feet to his death. There needs to be a law that allows overseeing company like Community Coach that is based in Scotland to hold these bus drivers accountable for these countless death. It is hard to get in contact with Coach to make a complaint. Deshon was not the only person that was killed by a bus driver, and no arrest or charges have been brought against the driver to this day. On January 23, 2012, a Coach USA bus driver took 21-year-old Christie Noble-Ross life who is a neighbor that lived on the same floor across the hall from Deshon Johnson. While Christie Nobel was on her way dropping her son off to daycare. The bus came around the corner of Main and South Harrison streets in East Orange killing her on impact. These cases by the Essex County Prosecutor Detective are dismissed and labeled as an accident without further investigation and this needs to stop. When a bus is speeding on residential roads above the speed limit, and turning around the corner at a fast speed it should not be considered an accident. That is negligence and murder. The prosecutors never pull up the drivers' record to see if he had other fatality/fractions. or his cell phone records to see if he was distracted. Needless to say, the driver had a prior accident before killing my son and after killing my son. The driver had to take up defensive driving course before killing my son. The drivers also have to break in entry charges. These prior incidents speak the value of the driver misbehaved personality traits. I live every day with the lawyer showing me a picture of my son's remains over the road and with the detail description about how my son's brain was in the bus wheel by retired judge Lawrence evil inhuman behavior to mentally break me down. He shows no type of humanity about my son get killed, instead, he was trying to blame my son for his death. I live with these images torrent me for the rest of my life. Please help us bring justice for Deshon Johnson and bring an end to the abuse of the NJ Transit and Coach USA bus drivers putting our lives at risk every day just to catch a bus. In November 2012 the Johnson's Family civil lawyer Brad hired a criminal lawyer to be a liaison between the Prosecutor's office and the family to pass on new information. Needless to say, the lawyer failed to do his job, took our money and Deshon's killer walked away a free man and his case were closed in Feb. 2013. The criminal lawyer Saluti was referred to us to work as an extension of the prosecutor's office. Now the bus driver is back to work supporting his family but Deshon is unable to go back to his job to support (me) his disable mother. This legalizes murder needs to stop!!!
Petition to Illinois State House, Illinois Senate
Make 4 hours of actual Defensive Driving mandatory in Illinois. Dana Janssen's Law
My cousin's daughter was driving home with two friends from school when she went on the side of the road into loose gravel, over corrected and went across the oncoming lane of traffic where they were hit broadside by an oncoming vehicle. The first teen, Samantha DeLisle was pronounced dead at the scene. Second teen, Jeffrey Masters was pronounced dead a few hours later at the hospital. This accident happened on 11/5/14 outside of Raymond, Illinois on Rt 48. Dana made it until Saturday on 11/8/14. Had Defensive Driving been taught how to react on loose gravel, those teens might have lived. I want to see situation simulation of at least 4 hours during the teen's time in Drivers Education to be mandatory to handle loose gravel, oncoming traffic, snow, ice, water covered roads and wildlife. I want this to be Dana Janssen's Law.
Petition to House of Representatives and Senate of the Philippines
Children should be in safety standard seats that save lives!
In congruence with the global road safety concerns led by the United Nations General Assembly and World Health Organization, the New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) and other road safety advocates are executing an initiative to address the alarmingly high number of deaths in the Philippines caused by road crashes. Though there is already an existing legislation on the mandatory use of seat belts in vehicles, this law only protects adults should a road crash occur; while this is a good start for road safety, children and infants remain unprotected. This is where the child car seats come in. These car seats for children not only provide comfort for children but as well as security and safety in the event of a road crash. Case in point: There is an average of seven (7) deaths per day caused by car crashes and 2014 data shows an estimate of PHP26.5B worth of losses due to car crashes. Thus, a coalition of advocacy groups are working towards the promotion of the pending House Bill 5595 and Senate Bill 1447, which aim to enact a legislation to assure the safety of children while on the road through the use of car seats. Car seats are the children's insurance, if we can pay for car insurance premiums, we can surely invest in safety standards approved car seats that may save our children's lives while inside motor vehicles. Join the call today, children should be in seats that save lives. Sign the petition now to show your support for the child safety in motor vehicles bill.
Petition to Hon. Jay Schneiderman, Hon. Christin Scalera, Hon. Julie Lofstad, Hon. Stan Glinka, Hon. John Bouvier, Sundy Schermeyer
B.A.N. the Gateway Proposal across from Bridgehampton Commons -
BRIDGEHAMPTON ACTION NOW (B.A.N.) THE GATEWAY PROPERTY ACROSS FROM BRIDGEHAMPTON COMMONS We won the first battle. Help us to Preserve this high traffic area and Watershed. B.A.N. supporters with the help of our attorney forced the withdrawal of the Town sponsored PDD Gateway proposal. However, the fight is not over, as a new proposal is expected to be submitted in the very near future. Due to B.A.N.'s vigilance and other concerned community groups, we have opposed any new inappropriate plan in order to protect the critical natural features and rural appearance of the Gateway site. B.A.N. will work to have the Town Board enact greater zoning protections for this important site. We will also participate in any Planning Board review to make sure that natural features and the watershed are fully protected from harm. The 1999 Comprehensive Plan already recommends the use of scenic greenways and watershed greenways to protect the features and the rural appearance of the Gateway site. A moratorium and a new Hamlet Study are also possible to evaluate appropriate development of the site. Residents’ comments in this petition overwhelmingly favor limiting development and protecting the natural features and appearance of the Gateway site. Additional zoning protection is required to stop the following potential impacts: Water Impact- Water and storm water runoff which threatens the integrity of 5 ponds which connect to Kellis Pond and Kellis Creek. in Bridgehampton are connected. DISEASE causing BLUE-GREEN ALGAE already growing in many of our Ponds including endangered Kellis Pond, currently on the New York State Impaired List. Existing Set-Backs must be increased to protect this sensitive watershed. INTENSE TRAFFIC CONGESTION- development threatens to increase the already horrific traffic during the Summer through Fall season. Traffic accidents have increased on Montauk Highway all year round between Water Mill and Bridgehampton in particular. Emergency vehicles, Fire trucks, Police etc. will have tremendous difficulty getting to those in need. ENVIRONMENT- The commercial development of the site poses a serious threat to Kellis Pond and wetland area which is habitat for wildlife and birds. ECONOMIC IMPACT DISASTER to MAIN STREET- Commercial development threatens the economic future of the charming retail and antique shops which are the centerpiece of the Bridgehampton . Four retail stores have closed on Main street and most are still unrented. Retail uses should not be introduced. Say no to high end and pop stress that kill local buinesses Additional zoning overlay restrictions: The Town Board should consider more restrictive zoning overlays to better protect the natural features of the site. If necessary, the Hamlet Study Plan should be updated to reflect current conditions. PLEASE SEND YOUR EMAILS directed to Town Board Members (listed below) to Bridgehamptonactionnow@gmail.com, and we will hand deliver these email to be sure they are read. This petition along with personal letters to the following board members will help us to Victory. CONTRIBUTIONS-in order for us to claim victory, we must see this through to the end with legal counsel, environmental and planning engineers. Checks are payable to Bridgehampton Action Now. Please send your contribution to Bridgehampton Action Now P.O. Box 1245, Bridgehampton, N.Y. 11932-1245. Thank you again for all your support. We CAN and WILL make the difference Letters directed to- Town Supervisor Jay Schneidermanfirstname.lastname@example.org Board Member John Bouvier- email@example.com Board Member Julie Lofstad- firstname.lastname@example.org Board Member Stan Glinka- email@example.com Board Member Christina Scalerafirstname.lastname@example.org Town Clerk - email@example.com Please send a copy of your letter to Bridgehamptonactionnow@gmail.com Bridgehampton Action Now Committee (B.A.N.-a not- for- profit organization)