|State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) courtesy LA Times|
The bill was successfully passed on a 24-12 vote and will be sent to the Assembly for further deliberation.
This author would next like to see bicycles included on the list of vehicles subject to red-light camera enforcement. Drivers can injure bicyclists and pedestrians while distracted, and bicycles not following the rules of the road pose a threat to pedestrians, whether they like to believe it or not. A 40lb bicycle with a 150lb operator traveling at 15 MPH can do significant harm to a pedestrian crossing its' path traveling at 2 MPH. The numbers don't lie. Let's all do our part to ensure safety for all on our streets.