SB 573 – Pedestrian Hand Signal Passes Senate 18-8

Wow. SB 573 passed the Senate today with an 18-8 vote. And today the Republican Caucus carried the day with 8 aye votes and 1 nay vote.

The bill will increase safety for walkers by creating a hand signal that would extend the right-of-way for pedestrians to include when they are seeking to cross the street and have their hand extended while standing on the curb.

Senator Ginny Burdick kicked off the floor discussion with a compelling presentation on why the bill is needed. Then Senators Beyer and Gary George spoke. Senator George told this story ….

He was driving through his town and a line of cars skidded to a halt to stop for a little old lady standing on the curb. Waiting for the crash of cars to occur he saw the woman waving her hands, stating “no I don’t want to cross.” At that moment he wished that there was a way signal the intent to cross to increase safety and communication. This bill does just that.

The day has come; well at least it passed the Senate and moves over to the house. The vote was as follows:

AYES (10 Democrats / 8 Republicans)
Atkinson
Avakian
Bates
Beyer
Brown
Burdick
Carter
Ferrioli
George, G.
George, L.
Gordly
Monroe
Morse
Nelson
Prozanski
Walker
Westlund
Whitsett

NAYS (7 Democrats / 1 Republican)
Deckert
Johnson
Kruse
Metsger
Monnes Anderson
Schrader
Verger
President Courtney

EXCUSED
Devlin
Morrisette
Starr
Winters

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Comments (2)

  1. Paddy McGuire Permalink  | Apr 26, 2007 12:55pm

    Can you shed some light on what the 8 “no” votes said? I am very curious because those Senators, in my experience, are some of the smartest.

  2. Scott Permalink  | May 03, 2007 05:11pm

    There are a variety of reasons why people voted no, but most of them are related to the fact that legislators feel like that they already dealt with the pedestrian law last session and we believe that there is a lot of work to do.

    Also, I think that the media has not gotten to details of this bill right.


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