Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), members of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today reintroduced a collection of four bills designed to improve automotive and traffic safety across the United States. The lawmakers are releasing these proposals for inclusion in the congressional debate on a comprehensive infrastructure package and the next surface transportation reauthorization legislation.

Stay Aware for Everyone (SAFE) Act: The bill – the Stay Aware for Everyone (SAFE) Act – will tackle the threat of distracted driving, a problem that is only increasing with the proliferation of “driver assistance” technologies that can encourage complacency if misused on the road. The SAFE Act will specifically require the DOT to study how driver-monitoring systems can prevent driver distraction, driver disengagement, automation complacency, and the foreseeable misuse of advanced driver-assist systems.

The legislation also requires a rulemaking to mandate the installation of driver-monitoring systems based on the results of this study, which shall incorporate appropriate privacy and data security safeguards. A copy of the SAFE Act can be found HERESenator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is also a cosponsor of this legislation.