Senate OKs new penalties to protect motorcyclists

Posted April 8, 2013

— The Senate made quick work Monday night of a bill that increases penalties for drivers whose unsafe movements cause serious motorcycle accidents.

If a driver causes a motorcycle wreck that results in serious bodily injury or at least $5,000 in property damage, Senate Bill 353 would increase the minimum fine for the driver to from $500 to $750.

The infraction would cost four points on the driver’s license, and a judge could also choose to temporarily suspend the driver's license for up to 30 days. 

Sponsored by Sen. Kathy Harrington, R-Gaston, the bill passed 48-0 with no debate and now moves to the House.



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  • frosty Apr 9, 2013

    I am not sure what this bill is supposed to accomplish? So the penalties are to be higher because a motorcycle is harder to see than other vehicles?

    I don't mind the law. I just don't know what it is for.

    Wish some would have put in an amendment enforcing noise limits on the motorcycles so that other drivers would not "want to kill them".

    Oh, by the way I ride a motorcycle too.

  • 68_dodge_polara Apr 9, 2013

    $500 to $750 Would liked to have seen the fine increased a little more than that but I like the idea of giving a judge the ability to temporarily suspend an offenders license based upon the circumstances.