Passing along a notification from RI Bike I just received, for those not on
their mailing list.

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From: Schiller, Barry <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tue, May 10, 2016 at 11:51 AM
[ribike] road safety bill hearing today
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Sorry for the short notice:
On Friday, May 6, 2016 a bill H8188 was introduced by Rep Lauren Carson
(from Newport) which mandates a higher fine and penalties when certain
moving violations, (including speeding, failure to yield to a pedestrian in
a crosswalk, out of lane travel, failure to yield to a bicyclist in a bike
lane) leads to bodily injury, serious injury, or death.  The increasing
penalties exactly parallel the language already in the law for a few other
moving violations such as failure to yield at a yield sign resulting in
injury etc.   Otherwise, currently there are no additional penalties when
you kill or injure someone with those violations beyond the usual $85 fine,
the bill would raise it to $200, $500, $1000 for causing injury, serious
injury, death respectively, the latter case includes a license suspension.

The RIBike Coalition supports the bill and would welcome any
support/advice.  At the State House, there is a hearing on this bill at
House Judiciary coming TODAY, Tuesday, May 10 at the "rise" (ca 4:30pm) and
I hope interested RIBike folks can attend, especially if you know of a
story where someone was injured by a moving violation where the perpetrator
faced no or minimal penalties.

Barry Schiller, RI Bike Legislative Chair

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