On April 23, 2014, an elderly driver, attempting to park in a disabled parking stall in front of Farrell’s in Buena Park accidently pressed on the gas pedal. The driver crashed into the store, killing one patron and injuring several others.
Vehicle-into-building crashes, like the one Farrell’s experienced, have been reported to occur as many as 60 times per day in the United States. Evidence suggests that more than 3,600 people are seriously injured every year nationwide, with more than 500 killed due to this type of accident.
Most of these crashes can be prevented with some simple and inexpensive steps.
To increase awareness of storefront crashes and encourage the use of vehicle protective devices, including vehicle barriers in building and parking lot design, I introduced AB 764.
AB 764 will prevent many storefront crashes by encouraging the adoption of these protective barrier standards when considering building occupant safety options for buildings and parking lots. Additionally, it would authorize an insurer to consider these barriers as a safety measure eligible for discounted building insurance rates.
I want to thank Michael Fleming, CEO of Farrell’s for sharing his story in support of AB 764. I look forward to continuing to work with him, as well as Rob Reiter with the Storefront Safety Council and my other supporters in moving this bill through the legislative process and to the Governor for signature.
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.
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