Altman Wants To Protect 'Vulnerable Users'

Mar 26, 2015

The Senate Transportation Committee agreed Thursday to crack down on drivers who cut off and harass so-called “vulnerable users” of the road.

Sen. Thad Altman, R-Melbourne, wants to protect "vulnerable users" of the highways. In other words, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders.
Credit Florida Senate

The bill by Senator Thad Altman, a Republican from Melbourne, hopes to discourage motorists who pass and then cut off cyclists with an illegal turn.

Violators who injure pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders could face up to $2,000 in fines and a six-month license suspension.

And that’s a good thing, says James Reichenbach, president of the motorcycle rights group, ABATE.

“Senators, we have an epidemic of these accidents, left turns, right turns, for all the vulnerable road users.”

The bill also makes it illegal for motorists to throw objects at cyclists.