Governor signs Vulnerable User Law

The pen used to sign the bill, via Cascade.

Governor Chris Gregoire signed the Vulnerable User Bill into law today, reports Cascade Bicycle Club. SB 5326, which passed both chambers of congress with relatively strong margins, would require people who seriously injure or kill a more vulnerable road user to do more than simply mail-in a traffic ticket as is often the case today.

The bill would establish a $5,000 fine (can be reduced to $1,000), and the driver could lose driving privileges for 90 days and be required to complete community service. Instead of focusing on being overly punitive, the bill focuses on making sure the driver takes accountability for a moment of negligence that drastically changed not just one person’s life, but also the lives of the victim’s friends and family.

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