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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