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U.S. Senate Passes $109B Transportation Bill

March 14, 2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday, March 14, approved a $109 billion transportation bill that would give states greater spending flexibility while maintaining the current level of funding for highway and transit projects for two years. The legislation includes funding for highway safety programs and for rebuilding roads, bridges and rail systems.  

The Senate bill also would provide states financial incentives to tighten regulations on distracted driving, require ignition interlock devices for DUI offenders, and establish graduated licensing programs that restrict the driving privileges of teenagers.

Many supporters of the bill expressed hope that its eventual passage will buy some time to develop long-term funding solutions so the nation can better address its aging transportation infrastructure. 

Approved 74-22, the legislation now moves to the House of Representatives.

For more details about the legislation, click here to read the Washington Post’s report.



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  1. 1. engin agaç [ July 30, 2012 @ 12:29PM ]

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    My name is Engin Agac and I am from Turkey. I learned that many companies have developed a device that prevents drunk driving. The devices look like significant but I still believe that this is not a final solution for the problem. I have prepared a project about this subject. I believe that the project that I prepared provides 100% solution.

    The important points of my project are shown below:


    1) The drunk driver can never start the car as he cannot pass the alcohol test.

    2) The device can detect the difference when the non-drunk driver changes place with a drunk driver.

    3) If the driver starts the car and begins drinking alcoholic beverages the device detects this.

    4) The driver is kept under control automatically and during every stop and run.

    5) The driver should take and pass the alcohol test every day.

    6) If the driver should be changed then the new driver should pass the alcohol test.,

    7) If any other person except the driver drinks alcoholic beverages, this will not stop the car or will not prevent the driver from starting the engine.

    8) In case the driver "must" start the car even though he is drunk, he should define himself as "drunk" to the device. The device will not question if the driver is drunk or not in this situation. By this way the device sets a maximum speed limit and the flashers are turned on. If the driver tries to exceed the speed limit the car stops and the lights continue flashing.

    Detailed Explanations for some articles above:

    Article 2) If the non-drunk driver changes place with a drunk driver then the device will detect this. For example Robert is drunk and Matthias is sober. In this situation only Matthias can start the car and Robert cannot pass the test.


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