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H.J.Res. 726 (94th): Joint resolution to authorize and request the President to establish a “National Bicentennial Highway Safety Year”.


The text of the resolution below is as of Jun 30, 1976 (Passed Congress).


PUBLIC LAW 94-322—JUNE 30, 1976                                 90 STAT. 715

Public Law 94-322
94th Congress
                           Joint Resolution
To authorize and request the President to establish a "National Bicentennial    June 30, 1976
                          Highway Safety Year".                                 [HJ. Res. 726]

Whereas 1976 will mark the two hundredth anniversary of the found-
  ing of our Nation; and
Whereas the President of the United States has called for the Bicen-
  tennial celebration to be an occasion for redefining and rededicating
  ourselves to our common purposes; and
Whereas a central and unifying theme for the Nation's two hundredth
  commemoration is improving the quality of life in America; and
Whereas the carnage on our highways each year exacts an appalling
  toll in lives, injuries, and national treasure; and
Whereas the two million Americans who have died on the Nation's
  highways since the beginning of the automobile age far exceed the
  combined totals of all the fatalities suffered in all the wars that this
  country has fought since its founding; and
Whereas hundreds of millions of Americans—men, women, and
  children—are planning to see and participate in Bicentennial
  activities; and
Whereas twenty million visitors from abroad are expected to travel
  to this country in order to join in our Bicentennial celebration; and
Whereas the overwhelming majority of those participating in Bicen-
  tennial related activities will travel on the Nation's roadways; and
Whereas emphasis on highway safety during our Nation's two hun-
  dredth anniversary is absolutely essential to assure that 1976 does
  not become a year of unparalleled carnage and slaughter; and
Whereas the Congress of the United States has provided the legis-
  lative mandate and the financial means for substantially reducing
  highway accidents, injuries, and fatalities: Now, therefore, be it
  Resolved hy the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assemhled^ That the President is hereby          National
authorized and requested to issue a proclamation designating the               Bicentennial
twelve-month period commencing with the calendar month beginning               Highway Safety
                                                                               Year.
after the date of the enactment of this Act as the "National Bicen-            Designation
tennial Highway Safety Year" and call upon all Americans, in all               authorization.
walks of life, in both the public and private sectors, to participate
in programs and activities conducted in connection with such year:
Be it further
  Resolved, That it is the sense of Congress that—
        (1) each month of the National Bicentennial Highway Safety
     Year shall focus on a specific area of activity which offers the
     prospect of achieving substantial reductions in accidents, injuries,
     and fatalities on our Nation's highways during the Nation's
     Bicentennial celebration and in succeeding years, as follows:
             (A) January—Safety Education;
             (B) February—^Safer Bridges;
             (C) March—Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety;
             (D) April—Pavement Marking and Delineation;
             (E) May—Highway Hazard Removal;
             ^F) June—Safety Belts and Child Restraints;
             (G) July—Safer Driving;

90 STAT. 716 PUBLIC LAW 94-322—JUNE 30, 1976 (H) August—Roadside Obstacle Elimination; (I) September—Save Our Children; (J) October—Signs and Signals; (K) November—Railroad Crossing Protection; and (L) December—Alcohol and Problem Drinkers; and (2) the projects and programs of the National Bicentennial Highway Safety Year shall be formulated so as to involve indi- viduals, groups, and public and private sector organizations where they live, where they work, where they travel, and where they operate in order that the lif esaving aims, goals, and priorities of the National Bicentennial Highway Safety Year may be vigorously pursued and fully realized; and be it further Resolved^ That the lives saved and injuries prevented through this national effort shall symbolize the rededication of the American people to living and working together in a spirit of mutual cooperation, harmony, dignity, and respect in order to achieve better, healthier, happier lives for all. Approved June 30, 1976. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: HOUSE REPORT No. 94-980 (Comm. on Post Office and Civil Service). SENATE REPORT No. 94-946 (Comm. on the Judiciary). CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 122 (1976): Apr. 5, considered and passed House. June 16, considered and passed Senate.