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2013 House Bill 5080: Increase penalties for harming "vulnerable roadway user"
  1. Introduced by Rep. Edward McBroom (R) on October 15, 2013, to authorize enhanced penalties for a driver who commits a moving violation that causes injury or death to a “vulnerable roadway user” (who is not violating the rules of the road), meaning a pedestrian, someone using a non-motorized device like a bicycle or skateboard, a wheelchair or electric wheelchair user, or the rider of an electric bicycle with less than one horsepower (but not a gasoline-powered bicycle with less than one horsepower). The additional penalties would be $1,000 and 93 days in jail if the violation causes “serious impairment;” $2,000 and one year if it causes death; and up to 15 years and $7,500 for a death caused by reckless driving.
    • Referred to the House Criminal Justice Committee on October 15, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on October 16, 2013, with the recommendation that the amendment be adopted and that the bill then pass.

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