Last August, Trey Hancock was riding his bicycle when he was hit and killed by a pickup truck. Immediately following the crash the driver reportedly said that he saw Hancock and thought he had enough room to pass safely, but then blamed Hancock for supposedly swerving into his path. When faced with the choice of possibly slowing down and moving over to share the road, the driver chose instead to continue as though no one was there. The result was another unnecessary death. The driver was eventually charged with careless driving, and faces a possible fine of $25 to $100, and perhaps even 5 to 30 days in jail. The problem with such a light charge is that it sends a clear message that we won’t be held accountable for the decisions we do or do not make when behind the wheel. It also tells us that in the eyes of the law, life is cheap. It’s time Texas and New Mexico not only pass strict vulnerable road user laws, but enforce them. What happened to Trey Hancock was no accident. Had the driver who killed him simply taken a moment to change lanes or slow down in order to pass safely, a loving father and husband would still be with his family today, and we would still have our dear friend. Those split-second decisions we must constantly make while we are behind the wheel can forever alter another person’s life, and our own, in an instant. Please pay attention, slow down, and move over to give cyclists and all other vulnerable road users at least 3 feet when passing (5 feet if you’re in a commercial vehicle). It’s not just common courtesy, in El Paso it’s the law, and it could be the difference between the life and death of a loved one. Read The El Paso Times coverage here:Border Patrol agent charged with misdemeanor in biker death

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