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Vulnerable Users Bill Dead for Good in Olympia

By Josh Cohen March 11, 2010

Seattle Sen. Joe McDermott's (D-34) Vulnerable Users bill, which would have increased penalties against inattentive drivers who injure or kill cyclists or pedestrians, was evidently pretty vulnerable itself.

Much to the Cascade Bicycle Club's chagrin, as well as my own, the Senate bill first died in the Senate Rules Committee last month, waiting for a vote on the Senate floor.

As we reported last week, the bill then got a second life when Sen. McDermott introduced Vulnerable Users as an amendment to Kennewick Rep. Brad Klippert's (R-8) bicycle and pedestrian safety education bill.

Unfortunately, that bill met the same fate as Sen. McDermott's original bill and died today in the Rules Committee, where it's been languishing.
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