State Level Actions – Sample Bill Language

Dutch Reach Draft Legislative Language

Here I hope to assemble model language for extending RMV/DMV mandates -- inclusive of the Reach -- for drivers to to be educated and examined with respect to increased accommodation and respect for the safety of active transport users.  Your organization's suggestions or current advocacy recommendations most welcome!  

Here we would also hope to outline measures which the executive branch can take independent of legislative approval, such as improved training of state fleet drivers, state managed road improvements, signage at highway off-ramps reminding drivers to be respectful of active transport users as they exit onto the local intersections, etc.  Again, advice & suggestions welcome!

To make the Dutch Reach part of the future road sharing culture it needs to become an official best practice, one that is recommended and taught in drivers education classes, inExcluded in state Drivers Manuals, on licensing examinations and the Road Test.

Sample first draft language and explanatory materials for inclusion in State traffic code, testing and examinations.

 

A 'DUTCH REACH' RESOLUTION

A BILL TO DECLARE FAR HAND REACH TO BE YOUR STATE'S BEST PRACTICE

The [Commonwealth of Massachusetts] hereby declares that the far hand reach method for exiting motor vehicles is officially endorsed as a Best Safety Practice to protect drivers, passengers and other road users’ lives, limbs and property on our increasingly busy and multi-mode road sharing streets.

By adopting this resolution, the [Commonwealth of Massachusetts] will become the first state of the USA and first government entity outside of the Netherlands to recognize the significant protective value of this simple, commonsense, life and limb saving maneuver. Its recognition and promotion will advance the goal of making all [Massachusetts']streets safer for everyone.

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&/or:

A BILL TO MANDATE 'DUTCH REACH' FOR LICENSING

A BILL TO MANDATE INCLUSION OF FAR HAND REACH METHOD IN DRIVER MANUAL & LICENSE TESTING

The far hand reach method for safe exiting of motor vehicle by all occupants shall be included in the state drivers training and education manual and curricula as a ‘best preferred safety practice’ for safe exiting, and shall be included among the content subject to testing for driver licensure.

Exiting a motor vehicle shall be included as part of the operation of a motor vehicle and itself includes door opening, physical exiting, door closing and exiting the travel lane in a timely manner.

"Best preferred safety practice" is here defined for this article: A safety practice recommended as a preferred but not exclusive method for safe conduct in the operation of a motor vehicle, proper performance of which shall qualify as meeting the testing requirement and standard pursuant to this [statute/code].

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FLEET CONTINUING DRIVERS' EDUCATION PROGRAM

A BILL TO CREATE A VISION ZERO SAFE DRIVER CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM 

 - TO RETRAIN STATE, STATE AUTHORITY, AND MUNICIPAL FLEET DRIVERS TO CURRENT STANDARDS OF DRIVING, SAFE ROAD SHARING PRACTICES, SIGNAGE AND INFRASTRUCTURE (etc.).

[Need Addressed: Many drivers are woefully unfamiliar with safe road sharing practices. Starting with public fleets, curricula and resouces can be developed for broad re-training to help meet Vision Zero educational objectives.]

[State Agency X/ Commission X] shall develop a driver education re-training program –- for all state agencies, authorities, and municipal bodies which operate fleets and employ or contract drivers, which shall educate and help bring all such public fleets and drivers into conformance with current safe road sharing practices and infrastructure.

Said program shall be updated annually in conformance with revisions of [Chapter 90, Section 14, and Chapter ##, Sections ##. the Commissioner of the Registry of Motor Vehicles, the Commissioner of Public Health, the X Task Force on Road Safety, Dept. of Education etc.] shall oversee and/or be consulted (etc.) on content and pedagogy. The re-training curriculum and voluntary testing modules shall be publicly available on the RMV website.

Participation and implementation of annual municipal fleet continuing education driver education shall be a condition for receipt of State Highway capital funding – [Note: or other such carrot/stick as per example of federal funding tied to states compliance with seat belt buckling law etc.]

Explanation of Need Addressed: Many drivers are woefully unfamiliar with safe road sharing practices. Starting with public fleets, curricula and resouces can be developed for broad re-training to help meet Vision Zero educational objectives. [Could such a program – see San Francisco’s Large Urban Vehicle Driver Safety program, & Uber’s SF Road Sharing videos as partial examples – be also developed or versions created suitable for private companies and current drivers who last studied the [State] Drivers Manual and were last tested, years and decades ago – though as a voluntary educational service by the Commonwealth/State with a separate sub-portal on the RMV website?]

Draft v1, 010417