Sen. Donzella James (D – Atlanta) was recently appointed by Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan to serve on the Senate Passenger Vehicle Seat Safety Belt Study Committee. The committee was created by the passage of Senate Resolution 366 during the 2019 legislative session.
As outlined in the resolution, the committee will be comprised of five members and will study ways to increase seat belt safety in Georgia. The committee is required to submit their findings by December 1, 2019.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2016 seat safety belts in passenger vehicles saved the lives of nearly 15,000 drivers and passengers. Nearly 2,500 lost their lives because they were not wearing seat safety belts.
“One of our priorities every year as legislators is to ensure that all who live or travel in Georgia have safe trips on our roadways,” said Sen. James. “As a member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) who lost her son due to a drunk driver, I will work diligently to do all I can to increase safety within a vehicle.”
“I look forward to examining potential changes to how Georgia requires seat belts to be used and working with the committee to consider other possible options to enhance passenger safety,” she continued.
Senator James is a South Fulton resident. She served in the Georgia Senate from 1995 to 2002, and was re-elected again in 2009 in a special election. She currently serves on four committees: Economic Development and Tourism; Education and Youth; Interstate Cooperation; and Special Judiciary.
Photo: Senator Donzella James talks to constituents at the South Fulton Service Center.