May 18, 2005 - Issue: Vol. 151, No. 66 — Daily Edition109th Congress (2005 - 2006) - 1st Session
SUBMITTED RESOLUTIONS; Congressional Record Vol. 151, No. 66
(Senate - May 18, 2005)
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[Pages S5448-S5449] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SUBMITTED RESOLUTIONS ______ SENATE RESOLUTION 145--DESIGNATING JUNE 2005 AS ``NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH'' Mr. DeWINE (for himself and Mrs. Feinstein) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary: S. Res. 145 Whereas the mission of the National Safety Council is to educate and influence society to adopt safety, health, and environmental policies, practices, and procedures that prevent and mitigate human suffering and economic losses arising from preventable causes; Whereas the National Safety Council works to protect lives and promote health with innovative programs; Whereas the National Safety Council, founded in 1913, is celebrating its 92nd anniversary in 2005 as the premier source of safety and health information, education, and training in the United States; Whereas the National Safety Council was congressionally chartered in 1953, and is celebrating its 52nd anniversary in 2005 as a congressionally chartered organization; Whereas even with advancements in safety that create a safer environment for the people of the United States, such as new legislation and improvements in technology, the unintentional-injury death toll is still unacceptable; Whereas the National Safety Council has demonstrated leadership in educating the Nation in the prevention of injuries and deaths to senior citizens as a result of falls; Whereas citizens deserve a solution to nationwide safety and health threats; Whereas such a solution requires the cooperation of all levels of government, as well as the general public; Whereas the summer season, traditionally a time of increased unintentional-injury fatalities, is an appropriate time to focus attention on both the problem and the solution to such safety and health threats; and Whereas the theme of ``National Safety Month'' for 2005 is ``Safety: Where We Live, Work, and Play'': Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-- (1) designates June 2005 as ``National Safety Month''; and (2) requests that the President issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe the month with appropriate ceremonies and activities that promote acknowledgment, gratitude, and respect for the advances of the National Safety Council and its mission. Mr. DeWINE. Mr. President, today I join with Senator Feinstein to submit a resolution to designate June 2005 as ``National Safety Month.'' This year, the National Safety Council has selected ``Safety: Where We Live, Work, and Play'' as the theme for National Safety Month. Public safety in our homes, communities, workplace, and on our roads and highways is a vital challenge that we must constantly address. According to [[Page S5449]] the National Safety Council, more than 20 million Americans suffer disabling injuries and 100,000 people die from their injuries each year. In the United States, nearly 43,000 people die each year from motor vehicle crashes, making auto fatalities the number one killer of those between the ages of 4 and 34. Many of these deaths and injuries can be prevented with proper education and precautionary measures. The goal of National Safety Month is to raise public awareness of safety and prevention in hopes of reducing these deaths and injuries. June also is an appropriate month to focus our efforts on public safety since the summer season is traditionally a time of increased unintentional injuries and fatalities. Throughout the month, the National Safety Council and other safety organizations will urge businesses to increase their standards of safety in the workplace and provide information to individuals regarding injury prevention in homes, communities, and on roads and highways. I look forward to working with other members of the Senate and House and the safety organizations to help educate the public on the importance of injury prevention, so that we can reach our goal of saving more lives. I thank Senator Feinstein for her support of this resolution and for her continued dedication to public safety. I would also like to thank the National Safety Council and congratulate them as the Council celebrates its 92nd anniversary in 2005, as a leading source of safety and health information, education, and training in the United States. ____________________