LANSING, MICH. - Drivers who hurt or kill a pedestrian or bicyclist could soon face harsher punishment under legislation approved Tuesday, Sept. 20, by the state's Senate judiciary committee.
The bill would make it a felony, with up to 15 years in prison, for drivers who kill bicyclists or other vulnerable roadway users -- that includes pedestrians or those in wheelchairs. It would also establish a misdemeanor charge for drivers who injure them.
A person could spend up to a year in prison if convicted on the lesser charge.
Testifying at today's committee hearing was one of the surviving bicyclists from the deadly accident in Kalamazoo in June. She was joined by State Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage.
The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.
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