AAA TO DEMOCRATS: PRESERVE AMERICA'S HIGHWAYS AND AIRWAYS
In a presentation to the party's National Platform Drafting Committee, AAA outlined the urgent need to repair the nation's crumbling highways and upgrade the outdated technology of the air traffic control system.
"The deteriorating transportation network is a vital issue that deserves a prominent place on the Democratic Party platform," said John Haifley, director of AAA Congressional Relations. "Years of insufficient maintenance have left many of our roads in mediocre or worse condition, a number of our bridges corroded and our airways hindered by antiquated technology."
The presentation is part of AAA's national campaign, "Crisis Ahead: America's Aging Highways and Airways," that draws attention to its study showing more than one-third of major U.S. roads are in poor or mediocre condition and 25 percent of bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. The campaign also focuses on the aging air traffic control system that has caused massive flight delays and costs the airlines and air travelers $3 billion annually.
"Transportation represents 19 percent of all consumer spending -- more than food or health care and second only to housing," said Haifley. "Without an efficient transportation network, commuting times increase, vacations are less enjoyable and commerce is delayed."
The inadequate transportation system also costs Americans in terms of safety, AAA said.
"Thousands of lives could be saved each year if our highways were well-lighted, free of dangerous curves, and properly designed and maintained," said Haifley. "It should not take a bridge collapse or a mid-air collision to trigger government action."
AAA asked the Democratic platform committee to support transportation policies that would:
* Maintain and improve on the investment that has been made in the nation's transportation system to ensure safety and freedom of mobility for this generation and for our children.
* Restore confidence in the process -- user fees, trust funds and federal/state partnerships -- that has provided the nation with the best and safest highway and aviation system in the world. In other words, give the public what they paid for.
AAA will be making a similar presentation to the Republican Party Platform Committee.
AAA's Crisis Ahead campaign began in June with kickoff events in 35 states, and will involve activities by AAA clubs in all 50 states.
AAA is a not-for-profit federation of 106 motor clubs with more than 1,000 offices providing 39 million members in the U.S. and Canada with travel, insurance, financial and auto-related services.
/CONTACT: Jerry Cheske or Mike Morrissey, AAA, 407-444-8000/
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