Earlier this year, Anthony Walker (a firefighter in training and father), lost his life in a California motorcycling accident, in the San Francisco, CA area, when a drunk driver failed to see him in the road. The 35 year old motorcycling accident victim was on his way home from a bible studies class in San Pablo when the fatal San Francisco, California motorcycling accident occurred—he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Ford pickup was a repeat DUI offender whose latest DUI conviction had occurred just two months ago. When the motorcycling accident occurred, the driver of the pickup (who was drunk at the time) fled the scene of the accident and was arrested later in Richmond. This April 2010 California motorcycling accident was the first suspected vehicular manslaughter of the year in San Pablo, CA
Tragic San Francisco Bay Area motorcycling accidents like this one should never happen. Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal in the State of California and everywhere in the country. While DUI penalties can be strict for first time offenders, they often fail to correct the problem of the “repeat DUI offender”. Now, local Marin County legislation looks to address this problem, with stricter DUI penalties for repeat DUI offenders.
According to the Marin Independent Journal, Marin County supervisors are one step closer to adopting “Melody’s Law”. The county board’s endorsement is a huge step towards stricter DUI penalties for repeat DUI offenders in the San Francisco Bay Area. Melody’s Law would require the State of California to revoke the driver’s license of anyone convicted of a third DUI. The repeat offender would then not be allowed to own or register a vehicle in the state.
The bill (AB 1443), sponsored by Assemblyman Jared Huffman, was named “Melody’s Law” after a 9-year-old Novato, CA girl who was killed by a drunk driver last year. Third grader, Melody Osheroff, was walking with her father in a crosswalk when a motorcyclist ran the stop sign. Tragically, the young girl was killed and her father lost one of his legs in the catastrophic California motorcycle accident. The motorcyclist, Edward Schaefer, had at least 8 prior DUI convictions.
While repeat DUI offenders put everyone at risk, motorcyclists are often at an increased disadvantage. Decreased visibility makes motorcyclists difficult to see, even in normal traffic. When a driver’s ability is impaired by alcohol or drugs, they often overlook motorcyclists—which leads to traumatic and fatal California motorcycling accidents.
As a California motorcyclist, it is important to take the necessary safety precautions when riding your bike. To stay safe in the San Francisco Bay Area this summer, make sure to follow these simple safety rules:
Take a motorcycle safety class – especially if you are new to motorcycles.
Always wear a DOT certified helmet when riding.
Always wear bright and reflective clothing.
Never Drink and Drive.
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