Support Maryland House Bill 0329 "Ryan's Law" in Memory of Travis Christian Butcher
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On November 23rd 2016, my 19 year old brother Travis was traveling west bound on Route 7 within the speed limit posted. He was on his way to work, when a negligent motorist traveling on Route 136 turned east bound onto Route 7 failing to yield to his right of way. Her vehicle struck his body and motorcycle. He was unconscious, his left femur was broken, he had a ruptured spleen, and bleeding in his brain. He was transported Via Helicopter to Shock Trauma. While in the hospital he fought for three long days... Until he passed away November 26th, 2016 due to complications from a motorcycle accident.
The driver was issued a $150.00 traffic violation which was paid to avoid appearing in court. The Harford County States Attorneys office has chosen not to file criminal charges due to lack of evidence based on little or no investigation; irregardless, of the drivers history of excessive speeding and reckless and negligent driving record. The driver of the vehicle was cited for excessive speed days prior to the accident she failed to avoid.
Current Law: A person is guilty of reckless driving if a motor vehicle is driven in wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property or in a manner that a wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property. A violation is a misdemeanor, subject to a maximum fine of $1,000. The Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) is also required to assess six points against the drivers license upon conviction for this offense. The District Court prepayment penalty, including court costs, is $510 for this offense. A person is guilty of negligent driving if the motor vehicle is driven ijn a careless or imprudent manner that endangers any property or the life or safety of any individual. This violation is a misdemeanor, subject to a maximum fine of $500. Upon conviction, MVA must assess one point against the drivers license or three points if the offense contributes to an accident. The District Court assesses a prepayment penalty of $140 for this offense or $280 if the offense contributes to an accident
Statistics 2016: According to the District Court, in fiscal 2016, there were 11,864 citations issued for reckless driving, of which 15 contributed to an accident and resulted in fatalities, and 26,504 citations issued for negligent driving, of which 47 contributed to an accident and resulted in fatalities.
The goal is to let our elected officials know that this is not acceptable and to get HB0329 "Ryan's Law passed. House Bill 0329 is an extension from 2015 HB1414; which states: This bill alters enforcement, under the Maryland Vehicle Law, for reckless or negligent driving that contributes to an accident resulting in death to another by designating these violations as must appear offenses. Accordingly, the offender may not prepay the penalty but must appear in court to answer the charge.
Silence is Consent and we won't stop until Justice is Served.
Rest In Paradise Baby Brother.
"Stand Tall For What You Believe In."
-Travis Christian Butcher
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