In Wichita, Kansas twelve motorcyclists died on the roads last year because drivers were violating the right of way which caused at least twelve motorcycle accidents. If you violate the right of way, in Kansas, you will get fined $50.00. Ray Thomas, a friend of one of the bikers that was killed, has now made it his mission to change that to a steeper penalty.
“80 percent of the motorcycle accidents in Wichita last year were ruled right of way violations. A plan in the Kansas house would allow for steep fines, a revoked driver’s license and possible jail time if you seriously injure or kill someone in a car accident. 16 states already have enacted tougher penalties, and legislation is pending in 6 states.
Thomas has collected more than a thousand letters urging lawmakers to pass the plan, a plan he says will apply to all vehicles and pedestrians, not only motorcycles. Thomas believes that if penalties are increased, people will start paying attention and be more aware. Awareness, he says, saves lives.”