Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 7th, 2007 at 6:17 am
A bill that would require transportation departments to erect a memorial sign whenever “a cyclist is killed in an accident involving a motor vehicle” will get a hearing at the state capitol in Salem on Wednesday (4/11).
So far, 14 lawmakers have signed on as sponsors of House Bill 3020, which was created in response to the death last summer of Eric Kautzky.
Kautzky, a teacher at Tigard High School, was struck from behind and killed on June 18, 2006 while riding on Tualatin-Sherwood Road (the driver was convicted of 2nd degree manslaughter). More details on this incident here.
Kautzky’s family worked with State Representative Jerry Krummel (R-Wilsonville) to spearhead this bill which they refer to as “Eric’s Law.” They say it, “will allow families to remember loved ones killed in tragic crashes.”
According to an email from Rep. Krummel’s office, the signs are, “designed to enhance public awareness about cars and bikes sharing the road.”
The bill would create an application for the memorial signs that must be filled out by an immediate family member within 18 months of the crash date.
The design and placement of the signs would be left up to transportation departments, but the bill stipulates that the sign must include the name of the victim.
I’m glad they are seeking to include the name of the victim. I think personalization of memorials is essential if they are to have an impact on roadway users. The signs won’t have the visual and emotional impact of Ghost Bikes, but they’re a good start and I hope this bill moves forward.
You can submit written comments on this bill to:
House Transportation Committee
900 Court Street, NE Room 353
Salem, OR 97301
You can also email comments and/or questions to Committee Administrator Judith Callens at Judith.firstname.lastname@example.org.