Legisgative affairs day hosted by Pensylvania AAA clubs

Representatives of Pensylvania’s AAA clubs gathered in Harrisburg for their annual Pennsylvania AAA Federation Legislative Affairs Day.
Joining with other state wide officials, Jack Haver, vice president of public affairs for AAA East Central, participated in discussions with state legislators and senior state government officials on topics and issues affecting the state’s motorists.
Federal Government child safety expert Danielle Roeber, of the National Transportation Safety Board, presented information on the special auto safety restraint and booster seat needs for small children. Roeber noted that current automobile seats were designed to fit 150 pound adults, and could if improperly fitted, cause serious injury to a smaller child in a crash. A large number of states, including Pennsylvania, have passed laws requiring children inder the age of eight to be fastened in seat belt-adjusting booster seats.
Petroleum industry official David Callahan, for the American Petroleum Institute, updated the group on the complex factors affecting gasoline proces. Callahan noted that high crude oil prices, low information and uncertainty in the Middle East and a colder than usual winter contributed to skyrocketing gasoline prices Pennsylvania motorists experienced earlier in the year.
AAA governmental representative Dick Gmerek discussed statewide AAA legislative issues and initives, he noted that PENNDOT had previously, in response to a Pennsylvania AAA Federation request, announced the formation of a policy review committee to student the state’s auto emission’s testing program. With the potential expansion of the emissions testing program, Gmerek noted that a program review of cost and effectiveness would be essential for the motoring public.
AAA club representatives met with Pennsylvania’s new Transportation Secterary, Acting Enviornmental Secretary, the Transportation Committee Chairman of the House and Senate and their staff.
“The AAA family of clubs in Pensylvania represents such a large portion of the state’s motorists — over 2.9 million — that the General Assembly and Administration genuinely listed to our concerns on transportation and safety issues, and consider our optionsand suggestions on matters impacting the motoring public,” Haver said. “This was useful exchange for the legislators, new administration and AAA.”