AAA Honors Delegate Joe T. May with Lifetime Achievement Award for Work On Transportation Safety

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (January 7, 2014) - AAA Mid-Atlantic and AAA Tidewater Virginia honored Delegate Joe T. May (R-Leesburg) last evening at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond, Virginia with a Lifetime Achievement Award for what the association touted as his “tireless efforts, dedication, fairness, and service to Virginia motorists.” Delegate May has served in the Virginia General Assembly for close to 20 years (since 1994) and has consistently been a strong supporter and lead lawmaker on numerous critical transportation issues. In his long standing role as Chairmen of the House Transportation Committee, May proved to be a strong yet balanced leader, ensuring that transportation issues important to Virginia were given a proper voice. His advocacy for the rights and safety of motorists has included:

  • Created legislation which insures the rights of vehicle owners to own and protect the data stored on electronic data recorders in their cars
  • Introduced legislation and advocated the use of high speed tolling to reduce traffic congestion
  • Encouraged the use of “clean-screen” emissions testing in Northern Virginia, saving motorists hundreds of thousands of hours a year and eliminated hundreds of thousands of trips to inspection stations
  • Strongly supported legislation to provide funding to mitigate toll increases on the Dulles Toll Road
  • Served as one of the principal architects of legislation to keep critically needed transportation revenue raised in Northern Virginia to be spent in Northern Virginia
  • Sponsored and advocated numerous pieces of legislation to limit distracted driving/texting while driving
  • Sponsored several seat belt bills in an effort to increase seat belt usage
  • Initiated legislation which could result in toll stabilization along the Dulles Greenway at no extra cost to taxpayers

“Chairman May has been a champion for motorists in the Commonwealth for two decades as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates”, stated Georjeane Blumling, Ph.D. Vice President of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Tidewater.  “He has worked tirelessly in support of improved and safer roads, and the rights of motorists.”

“Chairman May has represented the 33rd District in Northern Virginia with a passion over the years, and has done so with honor and dignity,” said Blumling.  “His work has often made the difference in the debate over adequate funding and the rights of the motoring public”.

AAA applauds the dedication that Chairman May has shown to his District, to Virginia, and to transportation in the Commonwealth.

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