House Bill 1104 - "Right-of-Way Bill"
“We need to make sure the justice system has the proper tools to discourage dangerous behaviors like right-of-way offenses,” Rep. Marostica said.The original bill endorsed by Bicycle
"A failure-to-yield crash can have dire consequences,” said Sen. Greg Brophy, bill co-sponsor. “Our laws should not treat these offenses lightly."Sponsored by Rep. Marostika and Sen. Brophy, HB1104 hoped to create a new Class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense called “aggravated right of way offense.” Right of way infractions are responsible for many crashes involving bicycles and motor vehicles.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT:
Under the current system, those at fault may be charged with a Class 2 failure to yield right of way with penalties as minor as a $10 fine. The “aggravated right-of-way” offense proposed in HB 1104 is a Class 1 Misdemeanor traffic offense, with penalties listed in the table below. Misdemeanor traffic offenses: (Source:
We are collecting examples from Colorado bicyclists who were involved with a car-bike crash where the driver received a citation for failing to yield right of way. If you are willing to add your experience to our list, please email dan "at" bicyclecolorado.org with the subject line "Right of Way".