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Inaction kills bill to boost safety for some on Texas roads

There are a lot of ways to get around San Antonio. Some are taken as a matter of choice. Some are used as a matter of necessity. Walking, bicycling and motorcycling are common modes, but they can also be risky.

As we noted in a post back in April, folks that use those means of transport tend to be at a distinct safety disadvantage. While those who drive around in cars and trucks are under mandate to wear seatbelts and usually are enclosed in the vehicles, walkers and bikers are open and exposed. 

That post in April highlighted an effort by some in the Texas House to try to beef up security for those unprotected road users. It came in the form of House Bill 2459. Had it managed to make its way through the legislative process it would have made it a Class B misdemeanor to pass one of those road users unless they were given at least three feet of clearance.

The question we invited readers to ponder was what effect such a measure might have on reducing the number of serious injuries and deaths due to driver negligence among those in the unprotected user population.

Well, as it happens, the question may be moot. The bill in question died in the House Transportation Committee. While it got introduced, was slated for a hearing and even appears to have had some testimony registered, it never made it out of committee. We're sure proponents of the bill found that disheartening.

It may be that the bill could be reintroduced in the next legislature, but there has been no indication from sponsors in that regard. 

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