Tesla Crashes into Sunnyvale Mom and Pop Small Business Highlights Bay Area Lawmaker’s Work to Reduce Similar Storefront Crashes

Friday, July 17, 2015

(Hayward, CA) – About 9pm last night, a Tesla barreled through the storefront of a local business.  The family owned retailer, Liquor and Food Mart in Sunnyvale is closed indefinitely according to owners, because of the extensive damage.  The unidentified driver says he inadvertently hit the accelerator instead of the brakes, sending the vehicle crashing through the store.

Storefront crashes like the one in Sunnyvale happen far more frequently than many people realize.  A vehicle crashes in to a building over 60 times a day in the United States.  According the Storefront Safety Council, between 2013 and 2014, there were over 380 reported incidents in California.  Motivated by data and reports of these incidents, California State Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) has authored legislation focused on curbing these dangerous and costly collisions.

I introduced Assembly Bill 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,” said Assemblymember Quirk.  Many businesses that have experienced these accidents have installed barriers on their own.

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

Below are links to audio of Assemblymember Quirk:

Assemblymember Quirk says his legislation has a simple purpose. (:10)

Assemblymember Quirk says there was a vehicle versus store front business accident last night. (:12)

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

Assemblymember Quirk says AB 764 has almost completed its trip through the legislative process. (:13)

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)