How Could Changes to New Jersey’s Driver’s License Laws Help Improve Bike Safety?
Per the Hoboken Patch report, the driver’s license requirements make up A4165, a bill that, if passed into law, would require the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to add bicycle and pedestrian safety information to the driver’s test. The story in the Patch included subjects that might be added questions to New Jersey’s written driver’s license exam, such as:
- How to properly pass cyclists on the road
- Safely getting out of a car or truck without endangering the safety of cyclists or pedestrians
- Learning to correctly identify bike lanes
- How to safely drive through intersections with cyclists and pedestrians
In addition to adding information about pedestrian and bike safety to the driver’s license test, A4165 would require driver’s education classes to include information about how to share the road safely with cyclists, pedestrians, skaters and anyone riding a non-motorized vehicle in their curriculum. If the bill is passed, it would go into effect seven months after it is enacted.
If this bill becomes law, it could mark a turning point for improving pedestrian and cyclist safety in New Jersey. Still, much more will need to be done before pedestrian and bike accidents are eliminated. Until that’s the case, bicycle and pedestrian accident victims can hold those responsible for injuring them accountable by filing a personal injury claim.
Donald G. Targan & Associate is a New Jersey personal injury law firm that defends the rights of the victims of bicycle and pedestrian accidents as well as other forms of personal injury.