From LAB. On August 12, Delaware’s Governor Markell signed SB 269 into law. The bill, modeled after an Oregon law, enhances the penalty for drivers convicted of careless or inattentive driving who cause serious physical injury to cyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. The new law includes sentencing guidelines such as:
* Completion of a traffic safety course
* Perform up to 100 hours of community service related to driver improvement and providing public education on traffic safety
* Fines up to $550
* Suspension of driving privileges
In response to the bill signing, League President Andy Clarke said “We’re excited that Delaware is becoming the third state in the nation to pass such a Vulnerable Road Users law that offers additional protection to cyclists and other non-motorized users of our shared roadways. It is this sort of leadership that has propelled them to 10th in our annual state rankings and garnered them a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly State designation. We look forward to Delaware’s continued progressing in making their state a great place for bicyclists”. [Cont . . .]
Story and video on Delaware’s own WDEL Radio HERE.
Many thanks to the bill’s sponsors – Delaware State Senator Sokola and Representative Barbieri,along with Co-sponsors Sen. Bunting and Reps. Bennett, Carson, Hudson, Jaques, Miro, Schooley, D. Short, Walls & Brady. Look them up HERE and send emails of thanks.