Q: How do you plan on gaining support for this bill? When do you think it will be passed?
A: I am determined to get this passed and am proud to have a Republican cosponsor for it in the Senate as well as bipartisan support for similar legislation in the House of Representatives. I firmly believe that my colleagues will agree that it is our obligation to our children to ensure that this bill passes.
Q: How do you respond to car manufacturers' objections that the technology is too expensive?
Most importantly, this bill does not mandate a certain type of technology. Instead, it directs the Secretary of Transportation to spend almost two years working, hopefully in consultation with the automobile industry, to figure out the best way to keep children safe while keeping costs low. In addition, we commonly absorb into the cost of a new car moderately expensive technologies, such as $2,000 DVD systems or $800 stereos. And when you really think about it, safety add-ons are not all that expensive '- and a child's life is priceless.
Q: How can parents, caregivers and others across the country get involved?
A: By contacting your senators and congressmen to urge them to support the Cameron Gulbransen Kids and Cars Safety Act of 2005 in the Senate as well as its companion legislation in the House of Representatives.
For more information on this issue, and to find out how you can get involved, visit KidsandCars.org.