Bill to Prevent Storefront Crashes is Signed into Law

Friday, July 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) authored AB 2161 to bring needed awareness to storefront crashes and find a solution to the number of crashes that occur annually. In fact, according to data compiled by the Storefront Safety Council, vehicle-into-building crashes occur as frequently as 60 times a day. Evidence suggests that more than 3,600 pedestrians, store patrons and employees are seriously injured every year nationwide, with more than 500 killed due to this type of accident.

“Storefront crashes happen far more frequently than many people realize,” explained Assemblymember Quirk. “My bill encourages the adoption of protective barrier standards when considering building occupant safety options for buildings and parking lots. Additionally, it will authorize an insurer to consider these barriers as a safety measure eligible for discounted building insurance rates,” he explained.
“The Storefront Safety Council applauds the hard work of Assemblyman Quirk and his staff. This important legislation sets the pace for the rest of the nation, costs taxpayers nothing, and will help guide standards and building codes in California and nationally in the coming months and years,” said Rob Reiter, co-founder of the council.
“I am glad Governor Brown recognizes that 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,” Assemblymember Quirk said after receiving news that this bill was signed.

AB 2161 becomes effective on January 1, 2017.

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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 Select Committee on California’s Clean Energy Economy, and a member of the Assembly Committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Public Safety, Revenue & Taxation, Rules, and Utilities & Commerce.

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