According to hometownannapolis.com, ABATE of Maryland have successfully lobbied for the legalization of auxiliary lighting on motorcycles. The "Night-time Awareness - Auxiliary Lighting" bill unanimously passed through the Senate and the House, and enables the front, rear, and sides of bikes to be illuminated using non-outwardly projecting lights.
Pat Corcoran, spokesman for ABATE, says "Most motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle, (they are) almost always the fault of the other vehicle, and usually the comment of the other vehicle is, we just didn't see him." Police Sgt. Dave Ennis adds that "Anything that adds to the visibility of the rider, I think is a move in the right direction."
Though it won't get signed by Maryland's governor until June 1, the bill was publicized to raise awareness for the National Highway Traffic Safety Association's motorcycle awareness week. And while some cagers may interpret the bill as a license to bling, I think this can be an effective way to increase nighttime visibility. Would you want a similar bill passed in your state?
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