The Security Cease Invoice (Senate Invoice 6208) was signed into legislation by Governor Jay Inslee and went into impact on October 1, 2020. This legislation permits bicyclists to deal with cease indicators as yield indicators. However three complete years later, many drivers will not be conscious of this legislation. I do know this as a result of many of those uninformed folks have instructed me that I’ve to cease whereas using although I’ve met the yield necessities.
It’s disappointing how little is being accomplished by Washington state to tell drivers about new legal guidelines. The state has all our addresses and a driver’s license renewal course of. Why this data and course of is not getting used to higher educate drivers about legislation modifications is past me.
A letter to the editor shouldn’t be an satisfactory substitute for a extra formal communication course of, however it’s one technique to inform a couple of extra drivers concerning the security cease legislation. The biking neighborhood is conscious of the legislation, however far too many motorists will not be.
To reiterate, bicyclists in Washington wouldn’t have to cease when it’s secure to experience by way of an intersection.
Peter Breyfogle, Seattle