This Tuesday, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will discuss a proposed ordinance that would triple penalties for drivers who intentionally threaten or harass cyclists, the Press Democrat is reporting.
The proposal is being spearheaded by the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition in an effort to prevent harassment from drivers after a lethal summer for cyclists.
"This is about sending a message that we take care of our bicyclists and pedestrians and protect them," Supervisor Shirlee Zane, told the paper.
Five Sonoma County cyclists were killed this year after being struck by cars, a trend that advocates say requires action. The hope is that the new ordinance would make drivers give cyclists more room on roads and not view them as a nuisance.
It would also define harassment against cyclists and make it easier for cyclists to recoup expenses for damaged equipment and medical bills.
The discussion is limited to whether the proposal warrants further study. If so, the board would vote on an ordinance sometime over the next few months.
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