Petition to Governer Roy Cooper
Legalize Lane Splitting/Filtering in NC
Lane-splitting or filtering is the act of riding a motorcycle on the lane separation lines on a highway. This is regarded by many countries to be the smartest method of motorcycle riding in traffic. It serves as a perk to commuting on a motorcycle and reducing the impact on emissions over driving a much larger vehicle. It also does much more than that. Lane-splitting reduces traffic, reduces injuries, and actually INCREASES rider safety. This is all supported in many studies, with one study from UC Berkley being the most recent and detailed (some details below). Among the U.C. Berkeley findings: – Lane-splitting is safe if done in traffic moving at 50 mph or less, and if motorcyclists do not exceed the speed of other vehicles by more than 15 mph– 69 percent of lane-splitting motorcyclists were exceeding the traffic speed by 15 mph or less speed differentials up to 15 mph were not associated with changes in the frequency of injury– Compared to riders who were not splitting lanes, lane-splitting motorcyclists were markedly less likely to suffer head injury (9 percent vs. 17 percent), torso injury (19 percent vs. 29 percent) or fatal injury (1.2 percent vs. 3 percent)– Lane-splitting riders were significantly less likely to be rear-ended than non-lane-splitting riders (2.6 percent vs. 4.6 percent)– Lane-splitting motorcyclists were more likely to be wearing a full-face helmet than other motorcyclists (81 percent vs. 67 percent)– Compared to other motorcyclists, lane-splitting riders were more often riding on weekdays and during commuting hours, were using better helmets and were traveling at slower speeds;– Lane-splitting riders were less likely to have been using alcohol. http://www.cycleworld.com/2015/06/02/ama-study-finds-lane-splitting-increases-rider-saftey/ In North Carolina, lane-splitting is not specifically illegal or legal. This causes inconsistent outcomes in court regarding injuries, crashes, or other litigation pertaining to lane-splitting. With lane-splitting being legalized and written into law, it would allow for more clear grounds for the court system to base decisions on. This petition is to get lane-splitting legalized and written into law with the following provisions: - Definition: Lane-splitting is the act of operating a motorcycle in between lanes on a highway or interstate in order to pass traffic. - Definition: Filter/Filtering is the act of operating a motorcycle to the front of halted traffic in regards to traffic control lights (red-light). - Allow lane-splitting/filtering for all motorcycles (provisions would be made specifically restricting vehicles classified as motorcycles with more than 2 wheels, i.e. Polaris Slingshot) - Lane-splitting is encouraged to be performed between the two left-most lanes but is not limited only to those areas. - Motorcyclists may lane-split providing that the motorcyclist does not exceed a maximum speed of 45 miles per hour and no more than 15 miles-per-hour more than the surrounding traffic. (if surrounding traffic is moving at 10mph, the motorcyclist may not travel faster than 25mph) - Without a witness or proof via a video recording device, accidents will be favored to the vehicle that is not lane-splitting. - Motorcyclist must be properly wearing a DOT approved helmet. - Motor vehicles not lane-splitting shall not impede motion of vehicles that are lane-splitting - Motorcyclists choosing to filter must proceed to the front of traffic and choose either lane to the right or left. It is not permitted to sit at the light in between other vehicles. When moving into either lane, it is acceptable for the motorcyclists to be in the pedestrian walkway as not to completely block the walkway in an unsafe manner. - It is the motorcyclists responsibility to determine if lane-splitting and/or filtering can be performed in a safe manner. Petition information originally from the following link:https://www.change.org/p/make-lane-splitting-filtering-legal-in-north-carolina This petition will be given to Roy Cooper. He is North Carolina's Governor.
Petition to President of the United States, Office of the Pardon Attorney, Donald Trump
Free Warren Charlton (Petition for Commutation from the President)
Warren Charlton is serving a 30 year sentence for a low-level nonviolent drug offence. Warren Charlton was indicted in the Northern District of Florida (Case No. 3:12cr 10/LAC) and charged with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.Warren was not caught with any drugs in his possession. The case against him consisted of the testimony of cooperating codefendants who testified against him in hopes of receiving time reductions off their own sentences. This type of 'cooperation' is common in federal drug cases where many defendants facing mandatory minimum sentences will do whatever is necessary to reduce their exposure and will gladly snitch on other individuals. But as recently noted by Mr. Page Pate (a criminal defense attorney and founding member of the Georgia Innocence Project) "Unfortunately this cooperation usually bears little resemblance to the truth."There was no violence, no guns, no gangs, or ties to large scale drug cartels in Warren's case, yet he was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.One of the factors that played a role in this extraordinarily lengthy prison sentence was the '851 enhancement' that was applied to his case. This enhancement generally doubles the mandatory minimum sentence for a person who has a prior felony drug conviction. Some federal prosecutors use the threat of a 851 enhancement to coerce guilty pleas and cooperation from low-level drug offenders. Warren was hit with the 851 enhancement for exercising his right to a trial.In August 2013 (one year after Warren's sentencing) then Attorney General Eric Holder declared a major change in Justice Department policy, instructing federal prosecutors to avoid mandatory minimum sentences and prior felony enhancements (851 enhancements) in low-level, non-violent drug cases. Mr. Holder declared that "Mandatory minimums and so-called '851 notices' have created unduly harsh sentences and rising prison costs." He also directed prosecutors 'not to seek or threaten to seek 851 enhancements for drug defendants simply to coerce them into a plea agreement', as was done in the case of Warren Charlton. Without the 851 enhancement Warren's sentence would have been significantly lower.President Obama when speaking at the NAACP convention in Philadelphia in July 2015, stated "We've also locked up more and more nonviolent drug offenders than ever before, for longer than ever before, and that is the real reason our prison population is so high." He then went on to say "In far too many cases, the punishment simply does not fit the crime. If you're a low-level drug dealer, or you violate your parole, you owe some debt to society, you have to be held accountable and make amends. But you don't owe 20 years. You don't owe a life sentence. That's disproportionate to the price that should be paid. "We agree with President Obama, Warren Charlton has to be held accountable and make amends . . . but he does not owe 30 years.
Petition to MBTA
MBTA: Include West Natick in Worcester / Framingham express train stops
On January 8, 2016, the MBTA released their proposed new commuter rail schedules. The proposal removes the ability for anyone working downtown to get to West Natick before 6 pm unless they leave work before 5 pm (a 4:35 pm South Station departure, specifically). Unfortunately, 6 pm is when all day care and after school programs shut their doors, often with penalties for parents running a second after that hour mark. While an express train to Framingham is offered at 5:05 pm (arriving at 5:37 pm), the station is a zone further, does not have adequate parking, and is not walking distance from the apartments / condos directly across from West Natick. This change unfairly impacts West Natick passengers. http://www.mbta.com/uploadedfiles/About_the_T/Board_Meetings/1.8%20Worcester%20Line.pdf
Petition to Mayor Walter Maddox
Stop Blocking 4th Ave E
As citizens of the City of Tuscaloosa and residents of the Cedar Crest area, we urge that the City stop needlessly blocking access to 15th Street via 4th Ave. E. There is are extreme safety concerns, traffic congestion and general unease about this decision. Something might need to be done about the traffic in the Cedar Crest area, but forcing all homeowners and Gates at Cedar Crest residents onto residential streets in order to access main thoroughfares cannot be the right answer. What we know so far (more recent updates posted below in the "Updates" section): Some Cedar Crest residents worked with the Mayor of Tuscaloosa and the City Engineers to prohibit residents of the area access to 4th Ave E at 15th St. This "90 day test" could lead to permanent road closure. Wouldn't everyone's interests be better served by allowing drivers direct access to 15th at the intersection with 4th Ave E? This would reduce traffic for the residents of the neighborhood and allow residents of The Gates at Cedar Crest and those Cedar Crest residents whose homes are nearer the railroad tracks the direct access to 15th we are all accustomed to. With the opening of Little Ceaser's, Dicks Sporting Goods and The Fresh Market, Dr. Edward Hilliard Dr is experiencing extreme congestion, leading cars being stuck in the middle of crossing multiple lanes. What is an emergency vehicle needed to access the neighborhood. Such congestion could be dangerous. Many times throughout the day, traffic on Hilliard drive backs all the way to and over the railroad tracks. What if a train comes? Given the above facts, we strongly urge the City of Tuscaloosa, the Mayor and the City Engineer to stop blocking 4th Ave E and allow area residents reasonable access to 15th Street.