Rep. Kathleen Passidomo is sponsoring a bicycle safety bill to go in front of the Florida House of Representatives this term. She decided to get involved with the cause after her law partner, Chuck Kelly, was permanently injured in a bicycle/motor vehicle accident.
On the heels of a deadly year for cyclists in Florida, friends and families of the victims put their heads together to draft a bill to make riding a bicycle safer.
If passed, the bill would:
- Define the terms “vulnerable road user” “bodily injury” and “substandard-width lane”
- Amend the 3-foot law to include any part or attachment to the motor vehicle
- Increase penalties for certain driving violations if they contribute to the harm of a vulnerable road user
- Make it illegal for a motor vehicle operator to cut off a vulnerable user when turning right
- Make it a misdemeanor to harass, taunt or maliciously throw something at a cyclist
- Permit a driver to cross a double yellow line when passing a vulnerable user in order to provide at least 3 feet of space
- Require mandatory court appearances for violations that contributed to the bodily injury of a vulnerable user
- Mandate driver education courses and testing to include vulnerable user laws
Supporters are still seeking a Senate sponsor for the bill.
I urge you to join me and get involved in the fight for safer roads. If you are interested in supporting this bill, you may contact Taylor Patrick Biehl and Jeffrey Sharkey of Capitol Alliance Group, 850-224-1660; [email protected]; [email protected].