Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on June 20th, 2007 at 11:56 am
BTA lobbyist Scott Bricker — who worked tirelessly in Salem to garner support for this bill — shares the news that the Vulnerable Roadway User bill (HB 3314) got through its final hurdle this morning by passing a House concurrence vote 40-9.
Now, when someone operates a vehicle in a careless manner and seriously injures or kills a vulnerable roadway user, they’ll be subject to:
- Completing a traffic safety course
- Performing between 100 and 200 hours of community service
- Paying a fine of up to $12,500
- Having their license suspended
This is a big improvement over just mailing in a small fine and never even showing up to court.
Well done Scott!
Thanks is also due to the BTA legislative team, the lawmakers and media who supported the bill, and of course to cyclists (like you!) who contacted their representatives in support of this bill.
Now let’s hope we never have to see it be put to use.