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NEW YORK FREEDOM RIDER NEWS- 2/28/20 - motorcycle related updates

NEW YORK FREEDOM RIDER NEWS- 2/28/20 - motorcycle related updates

ARIZONA- update

HB2630: motorcycle safety fund

Status:
02/27/2020: Senate- First reading, referred to Transportation and Rules Committees
02/25/2020: House- third reading, passed. Vote: 60- 0. Transmitted to Senate

Bill text: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/GetDocumentPdf/476774
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CONNECTICUT- article

https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-...pmm-story.html

Bikers oppose mandatory motorcycle helmets for adults, but OK with bill requiring helmets for riders under 21
By Christopher Keating Hartford Courant |Feb 28, 2020

In an annual battle, motorcycle riders returned to the state Capitol Friday to make sure legislators do not force them to wear helmets that they say would restrict their freedom.

But this year, the legislature’s transportation committee has introduced a bill calling for mandatory helmets only for those under the age of 21, a far less controversial move than a universal ban that would affect riders of all ages.

The committee’s co-chair, Sen. Carlo Leone of Stamford, assured the bikers that legislators are “not looking to expand this” to all adults.

“We understand the concerns,” Leone told the bikers who had gathered for a public hearing at the Capitol complex.

Richard Paukner, representing the Connecticut Motorcycle Riders Association, said the group of about 900 members would not take a position on the bill as long as it covers riders only under 21.

“We’ve been in this fight for 40 years,” said Paukner, a certified public accountant who works in Greenwich. “We see this as an issue about the age of majority, and if you choose to define that as being under 21, so be it. I do want to say, though, if there were any attempts ... to try to turn this into something that it’s not, then we would be fighting any attempt to enacting a universal helmet law. If there was such compelling evidence that motorcycle helmet laws were so effective, we wouldn’t be here today — 40 years later — still debating this issue.”

There are 31 states that do not require adult motorcycle riders to wear helmets. The bikers say helmets impede their hearing and sight on the road and are actually a deterrent to safety.

But doctors and other advocates have repeatedly pushed for a universal helmet law. They say the issue is simple: a rider wearing a helmet has a far better chance of avoiding death in a major accident than someone who does not.

Gary Lapidus, director of the injury prevention center at Connecticut Children’s in Hartford, said in written testimony that injuries "can be prevented” simply by wearing a helmet.

“If passed, this law would potentially increase motorcycle helmet use among riders age 18 to 20 years of age,” Lapidus said. “In the event of a crash, motorcycle helmets reduce the risk of death by 42 percent and head injury by 69 percent.”

But Paukner questioned the 42% figure, saying he has researched the issue and believes the number to be flawed. For example, a motorcyclist who is run over by a truck would have died whether he was wearing a helmet or not, he said.

“The helmet had nothing to do with it,” Paukner told lawmakers. “You’ve got to look between the numbers. ... Be suspect. Be critical when you don’t just accept the statistics that come out from the advocates whose very essence is self-motivating in terms of their role.”

The controversial issue has a long history.

Connecticut once had a motorcycle helmet law, but it was repealed in 1976. Nationally, 47 states had helmet laws that year when the laws were tied to federal funding, but the number of states with universal laws has now dropped to 19 after the funding contingency was dropped.

States with universal helmet laws include New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, California, Maryland and Vermont. Bikers counter that other nearby states, including Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine and Pennsylvania, do not have universal helmet laws.

After decades of controversy, the state House of Representatives approved a bill last year requiring helmets for riders under the age of 21. But the bill did not pass the Senate and was never signed into law. As a result, the bill is now back again at the transportation committee.

Proponents have cited a series of statistics to say that too many deaths and injuries result from failure to wear a helmet. Jennifer Homendy, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, testified last year that riding a motorcycle is 28 times more dangerous than riding in a car. In 2016, more than 5,200 bikers died nationwide in motorcycle accidents, including 52 in Connecticut — an average of one per week. In Connecticut, 75% of those who died were not wearing helmets, she said.

Paul Audet of Wallingford, a 63-year-old truck driver who has been riding motorcycles for decades, said the riders are diligent in protecting their rights.

“I will come back as many times as it takes,” Audet said, after the hearing. “We’re not here to define what an adult is. We’re only here for freedom of choice. ... If they try to make it universal, we will be back.”
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HAWAII- update

HB1815/SB2992: Transportation; Motorcycles; Shoulder Lane

Status:
Senate:
2/28/2020: Reported from Judiciary Committee (Stand. Com. Rep. No. 3168) with recommendation of passage on Third Reading. One Day Notice 03-03-20.
2/25/2020: The committee(s) on Judiciary recommend(s) that the measure be passed, unamended. Vote: 4-0

Bill text: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/sessi...ls/HB1815_.PDF
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IDAHO- update

SB1292: Motorcycles-Adds to existing law to provide that law enforcement shall not engage in motorcycle profiling.

Status:
02/27: House- Received from the Senate, Filed for First Reading. Read First Time, Referred to Transportation & Defense
02/26: Senate- Read third time in full – passed. Vote: 25-9. Title approved, to House

Bill text: https://legislature.idaho.gov/wp-con...tion/S1292.pdf
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KENTUCKY- new

SB207: Create a new section of KRS 186.400 to 186.640 to require the Transportation Cabinet to establish a restriction category on the motorcycle operator's license to restrict license holders to operation of 3-wheeled motorcycles only; amend KRS 186.480 to clarify the procedures for motorcycle skills testing by mandating that applicants who take the skills test on a 3-wheeled motorcycle shall be issued motorcycle operator's licenses with the 3-wheeled restriction; amend KRS 15A.352 to allow out-of-state residents to take training courses; clarify that applicants who are exempted from testing by virtue of passing an education course have the same wheel restrictions if they took the training on a 3-wheeled motorcycle; amend KRS 15A.354 to require the instructors be reviewed every two years, instead of annually; amend KRS 15A.350 to conform.

Status:
02/26/20: to Transportation
02/24/20: introduced in Senate

Bill text: https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/reco.../orig_bill.pdf
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LOUISIANA- new

HB310: Authorizes drivers of certain two-wheeled vehicles to proceed through a red light under certain conditions

Status:
02/26: Prefiled. Under the rules, provisionally referred to the Committee on Transportation, Highways and Public Works.

Bill text: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDo...aspx?d=1161055
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HB316: Creates the crime of infliction of serious injury or death on a vulnerable road user and provides for penalties

Status:
02/26: Prefiled. Under the rules, provisionally referred to the Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice.

Bill text: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDo...aspx?d=1161059
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MARYLAND- updates

HB721/SB512: Vehicle Laws - Injury or Death of Vulnerable Individual – Penalties

Status:
Assembly:
2/27/2020: Rereferred to Environment and Transportation

Bill text: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2020RS/bills/hb/hb0721f.pdf
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HB1459: Vehicle Laws - Injury or Death of Vulnerable Individual – Penalties

Status:
2/27/2020: Rereferred to Environment and Transportation
2/26/2020: Judiciary Committee Hearing canceled

Bill text: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2020RS/bills/hb/hb1459f.pdf
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MISSOURI- new, update

HB2722 [new]: Modifies provisions relating to motorcycle headlamps

Status:
2/28/2020: Read Second Time
2/27/2020: Introduced and Read First Time

Bill text: https://www.house.mo.gov/billtrackin.../5724H.01I.pdf
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SB590 [update]: Specifies when persons operating or riding a motorcycle or motortricycle must wear protective headgear

Status:
3/2/2020: Formal Calendar S Bills for Perfection--SB 590-Burlison, with SCS

Bill text: https://www.senate.mo.gov/20info/pdf...comm/SB590.pdf
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RHODE ISLAND- new

HB7758: Permits the practice of lane splitting by motorcycles

Status:
02/26/2020: Introduced, referred to Judiciary Committee

Bill text: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/B...xt20/H7758.pdf
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SB2556: Provides that three (3)-wheeled motorcycles be included under the licensing requirements of the department of motor vehicles

Status:
02/25/2020: Introduced, referred to Special Legislation and Veterans Affairs

Bill text: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/B...xt20/S2556.pdf
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SB2700: Requires all motorcycle operators to wear a helmet of a type approved by the administrator of the division of motor vehicles.

Status:
02/27/2020: Introduced, referred to Judiciary Committee

Bill text: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/B...xt20/S2700.pdf
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UTAH- update

HB127: Motorcycle Right-of-way Amendments

Status:
2/24/2020: Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee - Not Considered

Bill text: https://le.utah.gov/~2020/bills/hbillint/HB0127.pdf
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WASHINGTON- updates

SB6045: Concerning vulnerable users of a public way.

Status:
Feb 29: House- Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Transportation at 11:00 AM

Bill text: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/bienni...20200228162602
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SB6565: Establishing permissible methods of parking a motorcycle.

Status:
Feb 29: House- Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Transportation at 11:00 AM

Bill text: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/bienni...20200228162445

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Old 02-29-2020, 10:38 AM
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Up here in Washington St. They do not want us to back our motorcycles up to the curb. They want us to pull up parallel to the curb..BRAINDEAD Democrats..
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