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Posted: June 14, 2017

CALL TO ACTION: Right of Way Violations
By Steve Panten

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Sent by Steve Panten, ABATE of Wisconsin Legislative Chairman



The current law in Wisconsin states that if a driver is convicted of causing injury to a motorcyclist with a Right-of-Way (ROW) violation, they will have enhanced penalties. These penalties include an increased forfeiture, license suspension and a requirement that the driver attends a driver training course. While this is an effective means to create safer roads for all legal road users, the law fails to include additional ROW violations that could also cause significant harm. For an example; if a driver injures or kills someone by running a stop sign they will be faced with enhanced penalties. However, if that same driver runs a stop light, they will not receive enhanced penalties. It doesn't make sense, does it?

To address this issue, ABATE of Wisconsin has been working on a bill that will speak to this shortcoming. AB201/SB189 includes statutes that were not previously considered in ROW violations for enhanced penalties. This bill has the support of the Bicycle Federation, the Insurance Institute and AAA.

We need your help to ensure that this bill becomes a law. Please contact your State Assembly person and ask them to put this bill on the calendar for full vote in the Assembly. Now is the time to make the call because the agenda items for the last floor session for the spring is being put together. If we do not have this on the calendar it will have to wait for the fall session.

There is NO time to waste! Contact your representative today!!

To find out who represents you in the United States Congress and their contact information click on the link here for Link to WHO REPRESENTS YOU in the US Congress

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