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Proposed Bicycle Law Would Turn Stop Signs Into Yields

Bicyclists in Arizona may have a new law regarding stop signs soon. Proposed law House Bill 2211 would allow bicyclists age 16 and older to yield at stop signs instead of requiring them to come to a complete stop if there is no traffic present.

Idaho has a similar law in place. If passed, Arizona would become the second State to have such a law.

Urban designer Jeremy Stapleton hopes the passage of this law will encourage more people to ride bicycles in Arizona. He said it’s “annoying to stop” at four-way stops when there are no cars present. Representative Eric Meyer also supports the measure, but cautions adults who don’t properly yield that they can be ticketed. The proposed law does not give riders permission to “blast through a stop sign.”

One of the bill’s opponents, Representative Jerry Weiers, expressed concern that the law would cause confusion for children. Children under 16 years old would still be required to stop at every stop sign. His fear is the law would result in young people copying adults and yielding at stop signs instead of stopping. There may be additional concerns for law enforcement who may have difficulty determining a rider’s age based on his/her appearance.

The current law in Arizona requires bicyclists to follow the same rules as motor vehicles and come to a complete stop at every stop sign. Failure to obey this law can result in up to a $174 fine.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, 19 cyclists were killed and another 1,583 were injured in bicycle-car accidents in 2010. The majority of these incidents occurred in urban areas.

If you have been injured in a bicycle-car accident, please contact the Phoenix personal injury lawyers at the personal injury law firm Oracle Law Group today.

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