Would this new law penalize drivers involved in crashes when the bicyclist or pedestrian did something stupid or illegal?

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Would this new law penalize drivers involved in crashes when the bicyclist or pedestrian did something stupid or illegal?

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No, unless the driver’s own recklessness contributed to causing the crash. If a driver obeying the traffic laws hit a bicyclist who darted out from a driveway a short distance ahead, the driver would not risk penalty under the proposed law. If the driver hit the darting bicyclist while looking into the back seat to grab a snack, the driver might face a penalty under this law. A jury might decide that driving while peering into the back seat indeed crossed the line into recklessness.

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