As mentioned yesterday, the DC Council passed the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Amendment Act of 2016, which is the post-hearing version of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Act of 2015. The two laws have many similarities but in a few key ways they differ. At this link is a list of what the 2015 bill included. And the main differences are listed below (there are also some smaller differences like the exact data that needs to be reported or who is responsible for this task or that)
The 2016 bill
- Removes the provision to allow bicyclists to observe stop signs as yield signs
- Removes the provision to increase penalties for repeat offenders of traffic violations (including bike lane violations)
- Removes the provision that would expand distracted driving to include drivers sitting behind the wheel of a non-moving, but idling, motor vehicle.
- Adds language to enhance the penalties for operating and parking an all-terrain vehcile or dirt bike in the public right-of-way
- Adds a provision to require mandatory participation in the interlock program for all offenders that have a blood alcohol level above the legal limit
- Adds a provision to impose a permanent license revocation for a third conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving while intoxicated, or operating a vehicle whole impaired
- Increase penalties for first time drunk driving offenders and offenders with blood alcohol content above .08 but less than .20
- Gives much greater details on bicycle insurance regulations - now a whole section instead of two lines.
So that's some good additions and some unfortunate removals. I'll note that everything AAA didn't like (increased fines for repeate offenders and the Idaho Stop) were removed from the bill - despite them officially supporting the 2015 bill.