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Kansas Motorcycle Rights Group Advocates For "Tina's Law"

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ALLEN COUNTY, KS -

Tina Marie Dixon and Billy Hegwald of Chanute were set to be married on August 7th of 20-12, but six days earlier when the pair were riding down 169 Highway, two miles northeast of Iola, the unthinkable happened.

Hegwald says "Tina and I both were thrown off the motorcycle about 30ft and she landed on the back of her head."

Hegwald lost his lower leg. Tina died the next morning in the hospital. Her fiancé and motorcycle rights group ABATE of Kansas are pushing for tougher penalties for right of way violations like theirs through a bill dubbed "Tina's Law."

"It would be great for her name to live on through this law,” he says.

“Tina's Law” would significantly increase the state's fines in right of way accidents that result in death.

ABATE of Kansas Spokesman Miles Kramer says "At the moment it's a pretty small fine. When you talk about the worth of a human life $87.50 doesn't seem like a whole lot and we're looking to increase that."

Activists say it's not just about the fine. It's about educating drivers to share the road with other vehicles.

Hegwald says "It'll benefit cars people driving cars, trucks,  it doesn't matter, it covers everybody."

The bill would slap right of way violators with 16 hours of driver’s education and those convicted of driving under the influence or texting while driving with up to 200  of community service

ABATE’s Southeast Kansas District Representative Bill Cooper says "We feel that the fine anybody can pay a fine but the community service and the education for the correction of this makes people more aware of what they've done."

For those like Hegwald the legislation is about motorcycle awareness, because a fine can never replace the woman he lost.

"When you think about it, it does give you some peace of mind knowing that she was doing what she loved and my family says it was with the person she loved, so that helps too,” he says.

The "Tina's Law" bill has been in hearings in the Kansas House Committee of Transportation for the last year.

More information about HB2195

“Tina’s Law” Facebook Page

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