A bill that was created in memory of a
young man who died in a motorcycle crash could make the sport safer
The legislation will require any
applicant for a motorcycle driver’s licence to pass a rider training
course. That would include anyone going for a first licence as well
as riders who have let their motorcycle licence expire for more than
In Connecticut, licence applicants
under 18 years old are currently required to complete a training
The bill passed through the Senate
without a single objection and now goes to the House of
Stephanie Pelletier of East Hartford is
behind the bill; her 19-year-old son died in a motorcycle collision
two years ago.
Here is a portion of Pelletier’s speech to the House Democrats of Connecticut:
"The night before Nick’s accident, he went to his grandmother’s house to help her with a project and have dinner and he was home early. The following morning was a beautiful sunny day. On his way to
work, Nick stopped at the bank and then was heading to his friend’s house so they could
ride to work together. A few miles from where he was going is where his life ended.
Nick collided with a minivan and he was instantly killed. Nick was wearing his helmet
and what should have been a beautiful ride to work, turned out to be a heartbreaking one. …
"Currently the State of Connecticut has a motorcycle training course known as the Connecticut
Rider Education Program. However, this program is only mandated for 16- and 17-year-olds. What this means is anybody over the age of 17 can obtain a motorcycle permit
without any formal training. I ask you to please consider the amendment before you,
which would mandate that every driver seeking a motorcycle license be required to
complete the Connecticut Rider Education Program."