Ed's Legislative News August 2017
If You Don’t Fight For Freedom You Give It Away Without Protest
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So here we are deep in the dog days of Summer.
The Delaware General Assembly is now in recess and there
doesn't appear to be much concerning our Freedoms looming.
There has been some important Legislation passed during the run up to the recess.
SB 78 The Vulnerable Users Law, was passed by the House
on July 1st and now is waiting on the Governor's signature.
This law will enhance penalties for drivers who cause
serious physical injury to a vulnerable user as defined.
Motorcycles are included in the list of vulnerable users.
Perhaps now LEO's will charge drivers who Violate the Right
of Way, turning left in front of a biker causing a crash.
HB 114 Raises the minimum automobile bodily injury and property
damage limits to reflect the current economic conditions.
The minimums are now $25,000, because of bodily injury to, or death of one person
in any one accident and, subject to said limit for one person $50,000, because of
bodily injury to, or death of two or more persons in any one accident, and $10,000,
because of injury to, or destruction of property of others in any one accident.
Up from and 15,000, $30,000, and $5,000.
This was signed into law on June 13th and will take effect December 13th.
And finally HB 14 This would have required the Mandatory
use of helmets for all motorcyclists in the State of Delaware.
I am always happy to report the dedicated efforts of the membership of ABATE of Delaware as well as the efforts of BOLT (Bikers Of a Lesser Tolerance) and the bikers from the state and around the country, we were able to defeat this intrusion on our rights to choose for ourselves.
Never underestimate the power of making your voice heard.
Scores of bikers from around the country took the time to write and call the
Committee members to voice their opinion and that made all the difference.
ABATE of Delaware - State Legislative Coordinator