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Bill aims to protect motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians

Some individuals out on the roads do not have the benefit of being surrounded by a vehicle frame that provides them with a degree of protection from physical impacts. Some examples of such individuals are motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Such individuals can be particularly vulnerable to suffering major injuries when traffic accidents occur.

Thus, one would hope that all car drivers in Texas would make sure to give these sorts of individuals an appropriate amount of space when passing them, as failing to do so could greatly increase the chances of hitting them. A bill that is being considered in Texas' legislature seeks to make getting too close to a motorcyclist, bicyclist or pedestrian when attempting to pass them a misdemeanor offense for drivers.

The bill (House Bill 2459), if passed, would require car drivers to give unprotected road users at least three feet of space when passing them. Among the individuals included in the category of unprotected road users are motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Violating this three-foot-space requirement would be a Class B misdemeanor under the bill.

What do you think of the requirement this bill would create for car drivers? Do you think it would, if passed, help protect motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians out on Texas' roads? Do you think it would cause car drivers to pay more attention to how close they get to unprotected road users while passing them? Do you think this bill should be made into law here in Texas?

Motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists can be exposed to significant injuries, pain and suffering when drivers don't act properly around them. Attorneys can help victims of negligent drivers look into potential legal remedies for the harm done to them.

Source: KAUZ-TV, "Bike Bill Requires 3ft From Drivers," April 16, 2015

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