In a two-part article, USDOT Secretary Peters proposes diverting motorcycle safety education funding to “wear a helmet” funding and Ohio considers a law to increase penalties for right-of-way violations leading to the death or injury of motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Legislation could help, hinder motorcyclists
By BRIAN GADD
ZANESVILLE -Efforts are underway at the state and federal level in regards to legislation for motorcycle safety.
In Washington, Transportation Secretary Mary Peters has suggested that funding set aside in the last Transportation Bill for motorcycle education programs should be put into promoting helmet use.
Both the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) and American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) have come out in opposition of the proposal.
…At the state level, Szauter has been involved with the development of Senate Bill 158 and companion legislation in the Ohio House, House Bill 207.
…The bills call for increasing the penalty for those convicted of right-of-way, assured clear distance and marked lane violations which result in death or serious injury. Currently, the penalty for those offenses is a fine up to $150 and 30 hours community service.
Several groups joined together to form the Ohio Right-of-Way Working Group to promote the change to the law. The groups include ABATE of Ohio, the AMA, TRAIN MRO, Central Ohio Bicycle Advocacy Coalition, Columbus Coalition of Motorcycle Riders, Concerned Motorcycle Riders of Ohio, the Confederation of Clubs of Ohio and the Ohio Bicycle Federation.
The coalition’s purpose is to make the “right-of-way” safer for motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.