SB17: As Chairman of the Board of ABATE of Maryland and on behalf of all motorcyclists in our Great State we endorse passage of Senate Bill 0017. Representatives of our organization have testified in favor of previous legislation that would make it a must-appear situation when an individual has been killed or maimed in a motor vehicle accident. We feel that serious bodily injury and especially death from a motor vehicle accident should be added to the list of infractions that currently mandate a court appearance. The ability of a citizen to attend court proceedings and actually see the party or parties involved in the loss or disfigurement of their loved ones and family members is a fundamental right. We respectfully request a favorable report and vote from the committee for SB 0017.

Bob Spanburgh 01/13/2021