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Friday, 30 May 2014 14:18

State Rep. Brown's bill promoting bike, motorcycle safety advances

(AREA) -- Legislation requiring driver education courses in Michigan include lessons on bicycle and motorcycle awareness and safety has unanimously passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. House Bill 5438, sponsored by State Representative Terry Brown of Pigeon, now moves to the full House for consideration. Lisa Cook-Gordon of Melvin suggested the bill idea to Brown after a young friend, Nathan Bower, died in a motorcycle accident in 2009. Cook-Gordon testified before the committee and showed a video from Nathan's parents, Clint and Tammy Bower of Peck, urging motorcycle awareness and safety. Representative Brown says his primary duty as a legislator is to ensure the safety and well-being of his constituents. He added that stories like Nathan's are heartbreaking and we must do all we can to prevent similar tragedies from occuring.