Apr 18, 2006 7:00 AM
<img width="160" height="105" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20060421192131616_1.jpg" alt="">Annapolis - Remember those little ring-a-ling-ling bells on your bike as a kid? Well, until last week they were the only required operating equipment on all bicycles.
Now, the bells have been deemed unsafe by cycling advocates because riders must move their hands off the brakes to use the bell. They recommend simply shouting out,
We all owe Bob Moore of the BBC a drink or at least a thank you as he was very instrumental in helping these bills pass the second reading. And to be honest I did not think we would get this far, so can we get these to do the same thing in the House against MDOT
A very important cycling legislation is being heard on 2/28 and we need state wide support and more importantly YOUR support by 2/26!
With some reluctance I
We need everyone to act on these by Sunday!
Under current law, the penalty for violating the right-of-way of another vehicle is $60 and one point against the offenders' license. Even when a right-of-way violation is combined with another charge like negligent driving, the maximum fines and penalties for both charges would be $630 and seven points.
In many accidents of this nature, law enforcement and the courts cannot justify a higher charge that would include more severe penalties and the violators are given only minimal fines and penalties. This bill seeks to give the courts the tools they need to penalize violators appropriately when serious injury or death occurs.
Establishing that, if a person is convicted of failing to yield the right-of-way in violation of specified provisions of law and the violation contributes to an accident that results in bodily injury to another, the person is subject to a $500 fine and a 90-day period of license suspension; establishing a fine of $1,000 and a 180-day period of license suspension if the violation contributes to an accident resulting in the death of another; providing that the penalties are in addition to other penalties provided by law; etc.
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