Delaware has just become the second state with a vulnerable user law that protects pedestrians, bicyclists and other vulnerable roadway users by increasing penalties when motorists seriously injure or kill them. The laws do not create new violations, but increase penalties when the violations occur. Oregon was the first state to protect vulnerable users and a number of other states are considering such laws.
A group of Muscle Powered and Nevada Bicycle Coalition members is working towards a similar law in Nevada. Stay tuned for more information. If you are interested in legislation that might be introduced and supported (or opposed) in the 2011 legislative session, which starts in February, please get in touch with Kelly Clark, in2theblue at-sign att.net.