Thursday, January 21, 2010

Support Vulnerable Roadway Users Bill

The Cascade Bicycle Club has a strong advocacy program but they can't do it alone. They need your help in getting the Vulnerable User Bill, Senate Bill 5838 (PDF) passed.

What will this law do? According to the bill report (PDF)

A person may also be found guilty of negligent driving in the first degree if the person (1) operates a motor vehicle in a manner that is both negligent and endangers or is likely to endanger any person or property; and (2) the person's actions are the proximate cause of great bodily harm or death of a bicyclist or pedestrian.

One would think that the driver who caused the death of Kevin Black in Seattle last year could have been charged with negligent driving, but that was not the case. She received a traffic citation. This bill can change that.

Go to this page, enter your zip code and they'll provide a prefilled letter for you to send to your state senator. Personalize the letter a bit and let your state senator know you support this bill.

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