Representative Rich Glorioso’s Lifesaving Bill Passed Unanimously by the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety
Representative Glorioso (R-Plant City) presented House Bill 27 - relating to primary safety belt enforcement - in the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety on Wednesday January 24, 2007. House Bill 27, received a unanimous vote by the committee. House Bill 27 will next be heard by the House Safety and Security Council, its final committee of reference.
The act, when enacted, will be cited as the “Dori Slosberg and Kate Marchetti Safety Belt Law” in memory of a daughter of former State Representative Irv Slosberg and the daughter of Laura and Vin Marchetti of Valrico.
“I am excited by the unanimous committee vote and the momentum gathering to pass a primary safety belt bill this year. This law will save the lives of 100’s of Floridians every year,” said Representative Glorioso. “I was especially moved hearing the personal accounts from committee members on how wearing a seat belt saved their lives and lives of their children.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is estimated that almost 200
lives could be saved and over 2,600 serious injuries could be prevented in the first year of enacting
a primary safety belt law in the state of Florida. The Preusser Research Group estimates that the
change would reduce the state’s Medicaid costs over the next 10 years by $117.8 million.
There is one motor vehicle crash every 5 seconds and one fatality from motor vehicle crashes every
13 minutes in the United States. As other states have upgraded from secondary to primary safety
belt laws significant increase in safety belt usage has been observed and motor vehicle fatalities have declined.