Thanks to the Hartford Courant for the March 21 editorial in support of the Vulnerable User bill, which Bike Walk Connecticut endorses for the fifth consecutive year.
Protect Walkers And Bicyclists: Bill Aims To Get Attention Of Reckless Drivers (Courant Editorial, March 21, 2014)
Car drivers are not the only legal users of Connecticut's roads: Walkers, bicyclists, horse riders, tractor operators and utility crews, among others, have a right to use the roads as well. Most drivers know this; some do not.
To get their attention, advocates for "vulnerable users" of the roadways are supporting a bill in the General Assembly that would create a fine of up to $1,000 for reckless drivers who injure or kill pedestrians, bicyclists or others who are lawfully and responsibly using a public way.
The bill should pass.
Why such a law? The human body is no match for 3,000 pounds of speeding steel. What might be a fender bender for a car is . . . Read the full editorial here.
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