Governor signs Klippert bicycle, pedestrian safety education bill

Bipartisan legislation that requires traffic safety schools to include as part of their curriculum a 30-minute segment on safe driving among bicyclists and pedestrians was signed into law Monday by Gov. Chris Gregoire. House Bill 1129 was sponsored by Kennewick Rep. Brad Klippert.

Developed by the Bicycle Alliance of Washington and approved by the state Department of Licensing, the curriculum has been used in driver-education classes for the past three years. Under Klippert's bill, the same program will be included in traffic safety schools, which many cities and counties offer to motorists who receive citations for traffic-related offenses as a condition of deferral, sentence or penalty. The Bicycle Alliance will provide the materials to the driver-improvement programs at no charge.

“As a law enforcement professional, I'm always on the alert for new and creative ways to protect our citizens, and that's why this proposal has been a priority of mine since last year,” said Klippert. “I appreciate the collaboration and support from my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, in the House and Senate, who helped throughout the process to move this measure to the governor's desk.

“If by better educating drivers about the responsibilities of sharing the road we save the life of just one bicyclist, or avert an injury to one pedestrian, this new law will have achieved what we'd hoped, as well as increasing awareness that safety cannot be taken for granted,” he concluded.


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