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 â€¦.
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 â€œno I donâ€™t want to cross.â€ 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)
NAYS (7 Democrats / 1 Republican)