New Colorado law increases penalties for drivers who hit bicyclists, pedestrians and construction workers

Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 175. With the new bill, a driver who hits a vulnerable road user (bicyclist, construction worker, officer) is charged with a class 1 traffic misdemeanor. Judges are also authorized to order restitution, suspend the driver’s license, and require the driver to take driving classes. The bill passed with only seven people opposed to it. Rep. Dylan Roberts sponsored the bill and stated that he is frustrated by repeat careless drivers who come through the 5th Judicial District. Another supporter, Adelaide Perr, was hit and injured by a driver with 17 prior traffic infractions. It took 6 months for Perr to recover and Perr still suffers from PTSD making it difficult to ride a bike. The Law Offices of Steven J Pisani specialize in DUI, traffic defense including careless driving and criminal defense. Call our Denver office today for a free consultation at 303-635-6768.

Denver Post, Ann Staver, May 29, 2019

Link: https://www.denverpost.com/2019/05/29/colorado-law-penalties-bicyclists/

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