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MS 106.3.3.4.5 Highways 1980-1995 7 boxes

Arranged alphabetically. Files in this category deal with highway issues particularly as they relate to Maine. Safety issues documented here concern drinking and driving, driver fatigue ("tired truckers"), air bags, motorcycle helmet laws, seat belts, and the dangers posed by oversized trucks and trailers. Legislative actions recorded in this subseries include:

· The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), Public Law 102-240), which was a bill designed to develop a national intermodal surface transportation system, to authorize funds for the construction of highways, and for highway safety and mass transit programs.
· The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1987 (H.R. 2, Public Law 100-17), which was a bill to authorize funds for the construction of highways, highway safety programs, and a mass transportation program. Senator Cohen voted to sustain a veto of this bill by President Reagan, but the veto was overridden and this act became public law in April 1987.
· The Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (S. 1204), which was the first major overhaul of the federal transportation system since the establishment of the interstate highway system in the mid-1950s.

Records include correspondence with organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Parents Against Tired Truckers (PATT), as well as memos from legislative assistants, press releases, copies of Cohen's statements, and "Dear Colleague" letters.

Access to some of the records in this sub series is restricted until 2016. Consult the Special Collections Department for further information.


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