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Idaho Walk Bike Alliance
Walking. Biking. Going Places.
Legislative Update

February 27, 2018

Distracted Driving Bill heads to Senate Floor
S1283 heads to the Senate floor for a vote, possibly as soon as todayWe support this bill because it bans hand held cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. This bill includes texting, searching the internet, wearing headphones, social media, talking on a cell phone, and taking pictures. Please join us in calling your state Senator today and tell them to vote "Yes!" on this bill.  

Talking points -
  • ITD's crash data proves that after several years of declining vehicle crashes, our roads are becoming less safe. Vehicle crashes and road deaths are rising for drivers, walkers and bicyclists.
  • Sixty-five people died in crashes involving electronic devices in 2016. Up from 51 in 2015. 
  • As a person who walks and bikes on Idaho's roads, this bill will improve safety by reducing motorist distractions so drivers will see vulnerable users biking and walking on our streets. This includes children, the elderly and people with disabilities.
  • Share a personal story you have about how this bill could have improved safety during a specific time while you or a loved one were out walking or biking.
Every Idaho Senator will vote on this bill. Here is a list of their contact information. Call or email your Senator today. It's easy and takes only a few minutes. 

Read Betsy Russell's column from the Spokesman Review here.
We continue to work toward a hearing in the House Transportation & Defense Committee this legislative session.
Our strategy for Safe Routes to School – Healthy Kids campaign, co-sponsored by the American Heart Association, was to present our revised legislation to the House Transportation & Defense Committee. Last year, we started S1121 in the Senate, and very successfully passed 27-8-0 on the Senate floor. Based on conversations with legislators during last summer and fall, our strategy this year was to start in the House. 

Because of the hard work we have done over the last eight weeks, members of the House are prepared to vote enthusiastically for this bill, which would benefit all communities in Idaho, especially rural towns.
One person is standing in our way, House Transportation & Defense Chairman Palmer.

Stay tuned as we continue to work toward success on our Safe Routes to School legislation!

Bills We Watch Closely
  • H508 - The electric-assist bicycle bill did not make it out of the House Transportation & Defense Committee. This bill, which would have defined e-bikes, goes no further this legislative session.
  • H396 adds back in trails, paths, greenways or other ways for walking, running, hiking, bicycling or equestrian use so cities are able to use eminent domain for these purposes. This bill continues to await a hearing in the House Ways & Means Committee. We Support.
  • H469 removes the language that permits a school safety patrol member to properly report a violation to any peace officer. Passed the House, 68-0-1, and now moves to the Senate Transportation Committee.
  • H471 States that no person shall drive a motor vehicle in the extreme left-hand lane in a controlled access highway at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation. This bill passed through the House with some opposition, 41-28-0, and now heads to the Senate Transportation Committee.
  • HB0058 (Utah State legislature) - Allows bicyclists in Utah to follow the Idaho Stop Law. This bill has passed the House with a 58-11-6 vote. It now moves to the Utah Senate Transportation Committee.
Youth Lobby Day
As part of our Safe Routes to School - Healthy Kids campaign, we partner with American Heart Association on Youth Lobby Day. This year, we had over 60 high school students and volunteers who met with over 25 Senators and Representatives to explain why Safe Routes to School is important to Idaho towns and why legislators should support it.
Student Jaelahna Coursey talks about Idaho Youth Lobby Day February 1, 2018 at the Idaho Statehouse.  Idaho Youth Lobby Day was an opportunity for students to learn more about the Idaho State Legislature, meet with their representatives, engage in issue advocacy, and see firsthand how our political system operates. 

Thank You to Our Supporters!


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