Protect Drivers From Carbon Monoxide

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Target: Indiana Governor Mike Pence

Goal: Require life-saving emissions tests for all vehicles to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Relaxed safety laws in Indiana are putting drivers at risk of deadly carbon monoxide poisoning. In the entire state, only two counties have any sort of regulations concerning emissions testing. This is unacceptable and dangerous, but a new initiative in Indiana entitled Savannah’s Law is calling for much stricter enforcement of emissions tests. This bill would protect drivers and improve air quality, and it is imperative that Indiana enact this law.

Savannah’s Law is named after Savannah Bettis, a teenager who died from carbon monoxide poisoning as she was driving to the mall with her boyfriend. In the aftermath of the tragedy, it was determined that a basic emissions test would have detected the leak and saved Savannah’s life. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, meaning there are no warning signs. One moment, Savannah was alive and well, and the next she had perished.

Sadly, Savannah’s situation is not unique; every year, hundreds of people die from carbon monoxide emitted by a running vehicle. As cars get older, the risk of emission problems multiplies. Savannah’s Law would require all cars on the road to get a proper emissions test. All cars 10 years old or less would need an emissions test every two years, while automobiles over 10 years old would be tested annually.

If passed, Savannah’s Law would save the lives of countless drivers. The bill would also have a positive effect on the environment, as cleaner cars mean cleaner air. Sign the petition below and help prevent further tragic deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Pence,

Recently, 18 year-old Savannah Bettis was driving to the mall with her boyfriend when she began feeling ill. Minutes later, she was dead. In the aftermath of the tragedy, it was determined that Savannah had died from carbon monoxide poisoning, and a basic emissions test would have detected the leak and saved Savannah’s life. Savannah’s tragic death highlights a serious concern for Indiana; only two counties in the state have any sort of regulations concerning emissions testing. This is unacceptable and dangerous.

A new initiative entitled Savannah’s Law would fix this problem. The bill calls for much stricter emissions testing standards–cars 10 years old or less would need a biannual emissions test, while automobiles older than 10 years would have annual tests.

Carbon monoxide is a silent killer and can strike at any time. In a matter of minutes, Savannah Bettis went from alive and well to deceased. I urge you to honor her memory and prevent future tragedies by enacting Savannah’s Law.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ruben de Rijcke

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