Warwick City Hall Meeting – Tonight
Sorry about the short notice on this meeting, I just received the email (edited slightly for posting on the web):
Hello, this Lori DiBiasio. As you may have heard, on September 13, 2008, I organized a bicycle safety awareness ride in memory of Frank Cabral, who was struck and killed by a motorist on September 4, 2007. 211 cyclists rode 25.5 miles in his honor. I made a promise to them that day, to propose a law for Frank and for all of the cyclists in RI to help prevent this type of tragedy from happening again. Currently cyclists in RI have no rights on the roadway.
This Monday, October 20th at 5:00pm-8:00pm? would be the first crucial step to pass this bill in the City of Warwick with the hopes that it would go to the Senate to pass statewide. Warwick City Hall will be holding a council meeting which will include this law on the agenda that night. It is unknown the order which the law will appear on the agenda.
Councilwoman Helen Taylor suggested that I have as many advocates there as possible, since she is contacting News channels 10, 12, and 6 to inform then of the meeting. I apologize for the very short notice, I was notified myself late Saturday afternoon.
Warwick City Hall is located on 3275 Post Road (a one way street), in Warwick RI, in Apponaug, next to the Public Library.
In summary the law will propose the following:
1.) Motorists, upon passing a cyclist on the road, need to remain a minimum of 3 feet away.
2.) If they cannot be 3 feet away, they need to slow down 10-20 miles below their current speed.
3.) If a motorist is at fault in striking a cyclist on the road and an injury or fatality occurs, a penalty will be imposed on the motorist, and the motorist will be held accountable. Penalties may include:
*Suspension of license for a specified period of time, depending on the level of damage to the cyclist, which could range from minor injury to loss of life.
*Substantial hours of Community Service
*Jail time, if required
Currently, RI motorists who are involved in cycling accidents walk away with a meer slap on the wrist. The motorist who killed Frank initially faced a 10 year sentence, however the Attorney General dropped all charges, saying it was “merely an accident”.
If this is an issue that is of interest to you, your valued opinion would be greatly appreciated at the Warwick City Hall Meeting on 10/20/08 .