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Traffic Justice Summit

Portland Bike Stencil (wikimedia)

[UPDATE 10/15: The Times sent a reporter to the summit.]

[UPDATE 2: See correction to the paragraph below in this post.]

This evening, in the Bertha Knight Landes Room of Seattle’s City Hall, the Cascade Bicycle Club is hosting a Traffic Justice Summit to discuss potential changes to the law that currently states that negligent manslaughter homicide due to negligence is a serious crime — unless you happen to commit it with a motor vehicle.

A traffic ticket is the worst the driver can expect if they run you over. Do you think there’s something wrong with this picture? We do.

If you agree, help us make history by changing the law. The Traffic Justice Summit welcomes Senate Judiciary Chair Adam Kline, Seattle city Attorney Tom Carr, Council Public Safety Chair Tim Burgess along with reserchers, experts, advocates, families, friends and victims to learn the facts and talk about what we can do as a community — and as a state — to protect pedestrians and cyclists.

The event runs from 5:30-7:30pm.  Sadly, it appears no one from STB is going to be there.

According to the CBC, almost 500 pedestrians and bicyclists a year are killed or critically injured by automobiles in Washington.  Just another part of the carnage that we accept as  a car-centered society.