A new federal law set to go into effect in 2020 will require automotive manufacturers to install tracking systems in all new vehicles which can alert authorities to unsafe drivers.
The federal legislation, known as the NLTF Act (No Law Too Far), is meant to ensure that drivers and passengers wear their seat-belt and obey all traffic laws. This comes on the news that 37,133 fatalities occurred in 2017 due to vehicle crashes. In all, 272.48 million vehicles were on the streets that year, of which 0.01 percent were involved in a fatal crash.
The tracking devices will alert any nearby member of law enforcement when a driver or passenger is breaking a traffic law, whether it be speeding, not using a seat-belt, or even failure to signal.
Rep. Bob Altruria of Texas, who authored the legislation, stated that he wants America to be a safer place.
“This legislation was necessary to ensure that our roads are safe to drive on, and it has the added benefit of decreasing crime while also increasing the efficiency of revenue collection from tickets. Sometimes people need an added incentive to be upstanding citizens, and I’m proud to help them with that.”
Congress also considered legislation which would increase funding for transportation infrastructure, however the legislation was ultimately not passed due to concerns about increased unsustainable spending. Currently the national debt stands at just over $23 trillion, an increase from $21.5 trillion in 2018.
An amendment to the legislation which would require all existing vehicles to be fitted with the tracking systems was considered as well, but legislators could not come to an agreement on how best to enforce the law. It is expected that they will take up the issue again early next year.