Lawmaker proposes motorcycle safety bill

An Illinois lawmaker wants driver education teachers to spend more time warning beginner motorists to be on the lookout for motorcycles.

Under a proposal by state Rep. Tom Bennett, R-Gibson City, teachers would be required to incorporate more time behind the wheel to helping students learn about motorcycle safety.

Bennett, a freshman member of the House who is not a motorcycle rider, said he drafted the legislation to ensure students understand their surroundings when they are operating a vehicle.

"This is a concern raised by the constituents in my district," Bennett said. "I think I've ridden a motorcycle one time

"We've often heard motorists say, `I hit him but I didn't see him,'" Bennett said. "We'd like to get a little more focus on that." Read more in the Southern Illinoisan.