Please sign our petition urging Majority Floor Leader Stamas and Speaker Bolger to vote out House Bills 4792 and 5080, legislation aimed at protecting Michigan bicyclists, pedestrians, and wheelchair users!
House Bills 4792 and 5080 would help make our roadways safer by requiring drivers to use extra caution around vulnerable roadway users defined as bicyclists, pedestrians, and wheelchair users. The bills passed out of committee last fall. Despite broad bipartisan support for these measures, House leadership has not scheduled them for a vote on the House floor. We are asking for a vote prior to Summer break.
As the Majority Floor Leader and Speaker of the House, Representatives Stamas and Bolger set the agenda for the House of Representatives. The legislation was reported out of the Criminal Justice Committee on October 16th, 2013 with broad bipartisan support.
The bills would enhance criminal penalties for reckless motorists in the event they injure or kill a bicyclist or other "vulnerable roadway user," including pedestrians and wheelchairs users. Similar enhanced penalties already exist in Michigan for drivers who injure or kill construction workers, children in designated school zones, and operators of slow moving farm vehicles. Vulnerable roadway user specifically protecting non-motorized users have been adopted in numerous states across the country.
Each year, a disproportionally high number of Michigan bicyclists and pedestrians are injured and killed compared to other roadway users. According to the Office of Highway Safety and Planning, pedestrian and bicycle fatalities equaled 17% of all roadway fatalities in 2012 yet they only accounted for 1.5% of all traffic crashes.
This legislation raises the standard for care when behind the wheel, reminding drivers to be extra cautious around non-motorized users who do not benefit from the same level of protections as those in automobiles.
A vulnerable roadway user provision would provide law enforcement and prosecutors better tools to fill the gap between basic traffic infractions and more serious crimes. It also provides opportunities to enhance Michigan’s driver’s education curriculum to emphasize “share the road” principles.
SIGN THE PETITION HERE
[When you sign, please include a personal note about why these bills are important to you? (experiences you have encountered on the road including close calls, intimidation, or actually being hit, why you ride a bicycle and your concerns over safety, etc)]