A proposed Illinois motorcycle safety law (HB1410) may soon be passed, creating some new requirements for teens looking to get their driver’s licenses. This bill, which was written by Rep. Tom Bennett, R-Gibson City, would require:
- Teens in driver’s education programs to spend more time behind the wheel practicing driving
- A specific focus on looking out for motorcycle riders while driving.
The intent is to reduce motorcycle accidents by increasing drivers’ awareness and skills.
Behind the Proposed Illinois Motorcycle Safety Law: A Look at Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Perhaps just as compelling as the lofty goals of this proposed motorcycle safety law are the statistics regarding motorcycle accidents and at least one other vehicle. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- About 49 percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents result from other vehicles hitting motorcycles.
- Approximately 38 percent of these fatal, two-vehicle motorcycle accidents involve other vehicles making left turns in front of motorcyclists who are proceeding straight, passing and/or overtaking some other vehicle.
This could indicate that other motorists actions are often to blame for fatal motorcycle accidents and that, possibly, mandating further drivers education for new drivers may help prevent some collisions – and save lives.
Proposed Illinois Motorcycle Safety Law: The Next Steps
At this point, the proposed Illinois motorcycle safety law has a long way to go before become law – that is, if it’s eventually passed. Some of the issues that may end up generating challenges to the passage of this proposed Illinois motorcycle safety law include (but are by no means limited to):
- The costs of implementation and who’s expected to bear them
- How successful or effective this bill would be at preventing motorcycle accidents.
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