Thanks to Senator Sosnowski and Representative Tanzi, “vulnerable road user” bills S2214, H7463, have been filed to ensure appropriate consequences when a motorist, not taking due care, kills or injures a bicyclist, pedestrian, wheelchair user, highway worker etc. This time our CTC partners have endorsed the bill, no hearings yet scheduled by the Judiciary Committees.
I note a similar bill, already law in NY and DE, is advancing in CT.
There are many other related bills in the RI Assembly that could improve road conditions for bicyclists – to deal with “complete streets,” to toughen drunk driving and anti-texting laws, to ban most use of hand-held cell phones while driving, to up penalties when traffic violations lead to inures or death. Please contact RIBike for more information.