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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 4, 2019 02:03 PM
From: Representative Michael J. Driscoll
To: All House members
Subject: Reflectors on Self-Propelled Wheelchairs and Electrical Mobility Devices
Recent studies show that wheelchair users are more likely to die in collisions with cars than other pedestrians. This means that people in Pennsylvania who use wheelchairs on sidewalks and roads are at high risk of being injured and killed.

With the safety of these individuals in mind, I plan to introduce legislation that would require wheelchairs and other electrical mobility devices to have red reflectors in order to make them more visible to drivers. I am hopeful that this requirement will minimize tragic accidents.

The well-being of Pennsylvanians is of utmost importance. It is critical that we do everything in our power to keep our citizens safe and out of harm’s way. Therefore, please join me in creating this safeguard for individuals using wheelchairs, drivers, and other individuals sharing the road.

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Introduced as HB271