Senate Transportation Committee defeats SB129(Right of Way Bill)

PIERRE, S.D.(KCCR)- The Senate Transportation Committee killed a bill that would restore your right-of-way when entering an intersection.  Cody Pataki of Beresford says his friend was traveling at 70 miles an hour in a 65 mile an hour zone when another car rolled through a stop sign causing a fatal accident.  Pataki’s friend was partially blamed for the crash.

The bill was brought by Senator Jim Bolin of Canton, but presented Pataki, who was the only proponent.  Senate Bill 129 was opposed by the insurance and law enforcement lobbies.  Dick Tieszen of Pierre, representing State Farm and the South Dakota Sheriff’s  says bill will encourage speeding.

Senator Jessica Castleberry of Rapid City says the bill troubles her but can also see both sides of the argument.

S-B 129 was deferred to the 41st legislative day on a unanimous vote.