Gina’s demanding federal action to end traffic deaths (and you can, too)
It is never easy for Gina LaBlanc to share the story of the crash that killed her son.
But as a member of San Francisco Bay Area Families for Safe Streets, Gina shares her story again and again with elected officials.
“I have realized that speaking from the depth of my devastation from losing my son Kyle has the power to make change,” says Gina.
Gina recently shared her story with the Office of U.S. Representative John Garamendi (CA) in hopes that the Representative would support something we’ve waited too long for: legislation to end the decades of complacency and inaction on traffic safety at the national level.
Finally, the first-ever Congressional Resolution calling for the national goal of Zero Traffic Deaths has been introduced. Authored by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) and U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL), the resolution includes important actions in support of greater road safety.
Gina’s story helped get Representative Garamendi to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Zero Traffic Death Resolution. Another Families for Safe Streets member, Stephen Bingham, told the story of his daughter’s fatal crash to Representative Jared Huffman (CA). Huffman is now a co-sponsor, too.
We need this resolution to pass and bring new accountability and commitments at the federal level to address the worsening safety crisis on our roads. Countries around the world are showing the difference that a commitment to traffic safety makes; meanwhile the U.S. ranks 41st worst amongst 49 high-income nations in traffic death rates.
Walk SF is asking Senators Feinstein and Padilla to support the Zero Traffic Death Resolution, and urges you to take a minute to do so as well. Simply call, tell them you’re a constituent, where you live, and that you want them to co-sponsor the Zero Traffic Death Resolution.
Call our U.S. Senators now
Senator Feinstein: (202) 224-3841
Senator Padilla: (202) 224-3553
Gina and Stephen are using their voices for change. I hope you’ll join them so we can make this the start of a national movement to bring every solution to bear to prevent these unacceptable tragedies.
Learn more about San Francisco Bay Area Families for Safe Streets. San Francisco Bay Area Families for Safe Streets receives support and guidance from Walk San Francisco. If you have been impacted by a traffic crash and want to learn more about Families for Safe Streets, contact Aly Geller.