New Bill Aims to Protect Wisconsin’s Vulnerable Highway Users

New Bill Aims to Protect Wisconsin’s Vulnerable Highway Users

If you’ve been hit as a cyclist or pedestrian, our auto accident lawyers in Janesville and Beloit can help you get financial compensation. Now, a new Bill is looking to double the penalties for motorists who hit “vulnerable” people like this.

Sen. Luther Olsen, R-14th District, has introduced a bill to double the penalties for traffic violations that result in bodily harm, great bodily harm or death to vulnerable highway users.

Senate Bill 307 defines vulnerable highway users as:

  • Pedestrians
  • Bicyclists, moped operators
  • Operators and passengers of animal drawn vehicle tractors
  • Other farm vehicles, in-line skaters and horse riders
  • Emergency personnel performing official duties or a person rendering medical or emergency assistance to another person

“The committee learned that the resulting penalties for drivers of motor vehicles involving the deaths of two bicyclists were less than $300 each,” said Sen. Olsen in a press release.

“For example, a man from Muskego was struck and killed by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel. The driver crossed the centerline and hit this bicyclist head-on. The resulting fine was $126 for failure to keep control of the vehicle.”

He added, “Specifically, under this bill, violations that result in severe injury could face fines of up to $1,000 and/or up to 90 days in jail. Incidents that cause death could result in fines of up to $10,000 and/or up to nine months in jail.”

Keep reading our blog for more updates on this Bill.

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