Supporters of tougher penalties for drivers involved in crashes with bicyclists will be taking their campaign to Frankfort.
A local bicycling safety group unveiled plans last night for a bill that would authorize police to charge drivers with a new crime, "vehicular assault of a bicyclist or pedestrian," even if they don't witness an accident.
The measure's supporters say existing laws fail to punish drivers who injure or kill cyclists.
"The problem lies with Kentucky law," said Barry Zalph, executive director of Bicycling for Louisville. He met last night with members of Jefferson County's delegation to the state legislature.
With few exceptions, such as instances of impaired driving and leaving the scene of an accident, Kentucky law prohibits police officers from issuing citations for traffic violations such as striking a bicyclist, said Office Phil Russell, Louisville Metro Police spokesman.