Media Advisory: Wisconsin Governor, Legislators to be Honored for Seat Belt law

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The Meharry-State Farm Alliance will recognize three Wisconsin legislators with the Seat Belt Champion Award Thursday, April 15. They were active supporters of Wisconsin’s primary seat belt law, which took effect June 30, 2009, and is predicted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to save 44 lives, prevent 650 injuries, and save $147 million a year. The recipients will be Senator Fred Risser, Representative Jason M. Fields, and Representative Garey Bies. Also, special recognition will be presented to Wisconsin’s Governor Jim Doyle.

The Meharry-State Farm Alliance will recognize three Wisconsin legislators with the Seat Belt Champion Award Thursday, April 15. They were active supporters of Wisconsin’s primary seat belt law, which took effect June 30, 2009, and is predicted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to save 44 lives, prevent 650 injuries, and save $147 million a year. The recipients will be Senator Fred Risser, Representative Jason M. Fields, and Representative Garey Bies. Also, special recognition will be presented to Wisconsin’s Governor Jim Doyle.

Who:     The Meharry-State Farm Alliance presenting to...
    Senator Fred Risser
    Representative Jason M. Fields
    Representative Garey Bies
    Governor Jim Doyle

What:    Presentation of the 2010 Seat Belt Champion Award

When:    Thursday, April 15, 5:30 p.m.

Where:     Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
    1 John Nolen Drive
    Madison, Wisconsin

Meharry Medical College, largest Historically Black College devoted to education of minority health professionals, and leading insurer State Farm joined forces in 2002 to reduce deaths/injuries among minority groups, which are disproportionately higher than those of the general population. The Meharry-State Farm Alliance recognizes legislators for their effort to enact primary seat belt laws, known to improve usage of seat belts by approximately 10 percent once passed. Changing from “secondary” to “primary” enforcement means officers may now ticket motorists simply for not wearing their seat belts; whereas previously motorists were ticketed secondary to another driving violation.

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