Senate Bill No. 171 heading to final House reading on Tuesday!

Bicyclists in April at a ride in support of Senate Bill No. 171

Bicyclists in April at a ride in support of Senate Bill No. 171

Senate Bill No. 171, which would increase penalties for motorists who kill or injure Vulnerable Road Users such as bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists, will read for the final time in the Louisiana House of Representatives on Tuesday, May 24th. Should the bill pass a vote in this session, it will head to the Senate for final approval before being sent to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to be signed into law.

Bike Baton Rouge and our representatives and friends were present at both the Senate Committee hearing (in April), where several spoke in support of the bill, and the House Committee meeting (in May), where the bill passed without comments or objections. 

To maximize the chances of this bill successfully passing through the House, we want YOUR help in contacting your Representatives and telling them why this bill is important to you. You can do so by contacting your representatives at the email addresses here. If you're not sure who your representatives are, you can find out here and here.

Senate Bill No. 171 is based on a model act that has already been made law in nine states. If passed in Louisiana, it would make walking, bicycling, and using our roads in general a safer and more enjoyable experience for everyone.

Thank you for supporting Senate Bill No. 171!

Bike Baton Rouge