Governor Brown Should Sign AB 764: Two Storefront Crashes This Week in Northern California Highlight Bay Area Lawmaker’s Assembly Bill to Reduce Similar Storefront Crashes

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

(Sacramento, CA) – Two storefront crashes in 24 hours highlight the need for Governor Brown to sign AB 764 into law. This morning, a car crashed through the front doors of a Livermore gym, killing a 49-year-old woman and injuring five others. Police said that an elderly woman inadvertently hit the gas instead of the brakes while parking, sending the vehicle crashing through the gym. Yesterday afternoon, a driver in Elk Grove drove into a store while attempting to park and injured an employee.

“Storefront crashes like the one in Livermore and Elk Grove happen far more frequently than many people realize,” Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) stated after learning about these accidents.  A vehicle crashes into a building over 60 times a day in the United States.  According to the Storefront Safety Council, between 2013 and 2014, there were over 380 reported incidents in California.  Motivated by data and reports of these incidents, Assemblymember Quirk championed legislation focused on curbing these dangerous and costly collisions.

AB 764 is currently awaiting the Governor’s signature after receiving unanimous bipartisan support through six committees and on the floor of both houses. “I authored AB 764 to increase awareness of storefront crashes and encourage the use of vehicle protective devices, including vehicle barriers in building and parking lot design.  Most of these crashes and injuries can be prevented with some simple and inexpensive steps,” asserted Assemblymember Quirk.  “It is time for California to be a leader in setting innovative and clear standards to reduce the risk of these incidents occurring in California.” 

Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly.  He is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety and a member of the Committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Revenue & Taxation, and Utilities & Commerce.

Website of Assemblymember Quirk: http://www.asmdc.org/quirk

Below are links to audio of Assemblymember Quirk:

Assemblymember Quirk says these types of accidents are far more common than you might expect. (:14)

Assemblymember Quirk says store owners will be able to save money on insurance premiums if they install protective barriers. (:11)

Assemblymember Quirk says AB 764 could save store owners and insurance companies money and prevent needless tragedies. (:09)