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Bicyclists protected under proposed car door laws

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Linda Willsey rides in downtown Madison, August 2008 Linda Willsey rides in downtown Madison, August 2008
Willsey in court, August 20, 2008 Willsey in court, August 20, 2008

MADISON (WKOW) -- State and local officials are working on laws to crack down on drivers who carelessly open their car doors, as a measure to protect bicyclists.

We first told you about the story of Linda Willsey back in August 2008. Willsey was hurt and had to be treated at a hospital when she crashed into a door on a parked car on Henry St. in Madison.

While in the hospital, an officer fined her $10 for failing to exercise the proper care and stay at least three feet clear of parked cars, something Willsey says is nearly impossible on busy roads, especially downtown.

In November, the city dropped Willsey's ticket, but the incident inspired her to crusade for more cyclist-safety regulations statewide.

State Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison) and others have introduced a bill to eliminate that three-foot rule and fine motorists who don't check before opening doors.

Aldermen in Madison have introduced a similar ordinance.

 

Click here to read Tony Galli's investigation into Willey's ticket (August 15, 2008)

Click here to read more about Willsey's legal battle (August 20, 2008)

 

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