House passes Klippert bicycle and pedestrian safety education bill

 

Legislation is moving in Olympia that would require driver training and traffic safety schools to include a new 30-minute segment on safe driving among bicyclists and pedestrians. House Bill 3001, sponsored by 8th District Rep. Brad Klippert, passed unanimously Wednesday in the state House of Representatives.

About 400 pedestrians, joggers and bicycle riders are killed or injured every year in Washington. In his floor remarks, Klippert explained that in many of those mishaps, the accidents were the result of driver carelessness or inattention.

“On September 17, 2003, 19-year-old Sarah Casey was riding her bicycle with a friend on Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick when she was struck from behind by a motorist and killed. The court said sufficient evidence was present to show there was disregard for the safety of others that set in motion the chain of events that caused her death,” Klippert recalled.

He also cited mishaps which took the lives of two other Tri-Cities women.

“April 26, 2007, former Washington State soccer player Liz Duncan was killed while jogging in Seattle. And November 13, 2009, 22-year-old University of Washington senior Brittany Hollenbach died from serious head injuries after being struck by a car in a crosswalk in Seattle's University District,” he said.

“Adding the 30-minute segment on safely sharing the road with bicyclists and pedestrians would raise awareness among new drivers, and just as important, among those who have committed a traffic infraction and are sent to eight-hour driver-improvement schools as a condition of deferral,” said Klippert, R-Kennewick.

Klippert noted that materials for the bicycle and pedestrian safety curriculum have been in use in driver-training schools for the last two years, and would be made available with no expense to the state.

“The Bicycle Alliance of Washington has produced and is providing the curriculum for these classes at no charge, and the materials have been reviewed, approved and accepted by the Washington State Department of Licensing,” Klippert said. “Here's a great opportunity for this Legislature to make our streets and roadways safer tomorrow than they are today, and at no cost to our state budget.”

House Bill 3001 passed 97-0 and now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

 

For more information, contact: Bill Taylor, Senior Information Officer: (360) 786-7074

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