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Asking for Your Help on a Bill That Means a Lot to Me

Postby Knight Fisher » Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:08 pm

Most of you oldbies will know some of this but I don't think I ever went to any real detail on here.

About four and a half years ago now I was heading down to Texas to my oldest sister's wedding when we were in what's called an Underride Collision. A semi-truck hit the back of our car and then spun it around and hit it again pushing it underneath the back of a trailer in front of us. My Mom who was driving had emergency surgery for a collapsed lung. I was in the other front seat and ended up with 9 staples in the back of my head (I think it was nine it's all kinda blending in now) and a concussion. Two of my sisters were in the back seat. Annaleah died instantly. Mary died in the hospital a few days later.

Since then my parents have been working to get laws into place improving the standards of underride guards. So what's an underride guard? This.



This past year they've been working with a mother who lost her daughter in a side underride crash. Side underride guards are not currently required in America. Watch this and then decide if you think they should be.



Why am I posting about this now? In the past few months WUSA9 a news station in DC has been running a series on my Mom and Lois Durso pushing in Washington to get a bill passed which would mandate better rear guard standards and enforce the use of sideguards. That would explain this much better than I can. Watching all three of the videos below would give you a much better picture of all of this.
Summary of the bill

http://www.wusa9.com/news/investigation ... /457353893

http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/dc/rear ... /458080024 (This one would explain why I avoid comment sections online.)

http://www.wusa9.com/news/investigation ... /459125514


So what can you do?


On 12/12/2017, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, and Congressman Steve Cohen will introduce the Stop Underrides! Bill. Right now we're starting a petition to show Legislators that there's support for it.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/104/712 ... underride/

Thanks for reading this. If you have any questions send me a pm.
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Re: Asking for Your Help on a Bill That Means a Lot to Me

Postby bookworm » Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:12 pm

A couple years ago I passed the remains of a car that was in one of these kinds of wrecks; it was absolutely horrific. Something definitely needs to be done.
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Postby Catspaw » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:12 pm

Wow, this sounds like a really important and personal issue, KF. I really hope that there is a lot of attention and pressure to help make the roads safer so more people don't have to go through what you and your family did.
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Postby snubs » Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:30 pm

Thanks for posting this, Knight Fisher, this is obviously a problem that needs to be fixed.
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Re: Asking for Your Help on a Bill That Means a Lot to Me

Postby The Doctor » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:17 pm

Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Knight Fisher! I'm planning to contact my representatives tomorrow, either by phone or email. Do you know if calls are particularly preferable? I'm really horrid at talking on the phone, and the introvert inside me wants to choose email, but if there's an advantage to calling over emailing, I'd work up the courage. ;)
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Re: Asking for Your Help on a Bill That Means a Lot to Me

Postby Knight Fisher » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:47 am

The Doctor wrote:Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Knight Fisher! I'm planning to contact my representatives tomorrow, either by phone or email. Do you know if calls are particularly preferable? I'm really horrid at talking on the phone, and the introvert inside me wants to choose email, but if there's an advantage to calling over emailing, I'd work up the courage. ;)
Calls are better because if you get to a person they have to listen. But, yeah. :P I completely get what you mean about phones. Emails would help too. \:D/
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Re: Asking for Your Help on a Bill That Means a Lot to Me

Postby The Doctor » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:25 pm

Alright, I've emailed Senators Feinstein and Harris, and contacted my representative in the House, John Garamendi. If there's no response by next Friday, I will call as well. :)
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Postby bookworm » Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:33 am

Please keep us updated if there is any progress with this KF.
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Re: Asking for Your Help on a Bill That Means a Lot to Me

Postby Knight Fisher » Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:42 am

UPDATE:

Tomorrow on 12/12/2017, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, and Congressman Steve Cohen will introduce the Stop Underrides! Bill. Right now we're starting a petition to show Legislators that there's support for it. The hope is to get the numbers really going before the press conference. More details to come after the introduction tomorrow. Signing this would be great.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/104/712 ... underride/
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Postby GJ » Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:32 am

I signed the petition, Knight Fisher. I'm praying that this would save lives, and the politicians you mentioned would keep fighting.
*panics because I don't know what to put in my signature*
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Postby bookworm » Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:53 pm

Thanks for the update, I'm signing the petition right now.
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Postby snubs » Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:50 pm

I just signed it as well!
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Re: Asking for Your Help on a Bill That Means a Lot to Me

Postby Knight Fisher » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:18 pm

Just got home from DC. There was a random 20 minute snow storm in Virginia but otherwise the day/introduction went really well.

http://www.wusa9.com/news/investigation ... /498906994

Around 36 hours in the petition is at 15,300 signatures. \:D/
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Postby Catspaw » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:39 pm

That sound like good news! I hope you get tons more support and that this goes through soon. KF! :D
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