Andrew was killed on November 20, 2021. He was 20 years old. He loved riding his motorcycle, building computers, traveling, and eating at Sweet Hut. Andy was a smart kid who was meant to change the world. Andy was driving 43 MPH when a person driving an SUV made a left hand turn in front of him. He tried to stop, there simply wasn't enough time. He died instantly.
Motorcyclist fatalities have steadily increased in recent years. In 2017 there were 139 fatalities, 154 in 2018, 170 in 2019, and 179 in 2020. From 2017 to 2019, motorcyclist fatalities increased by 22%.
Our family is asking Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to use his influence to ask the legislature to pass a new law, Andy's Law, enforcing stiffer penalties for vehicular homicide cases when cyclists are involved. Riding his motorcycle should not have been punishable by death. The person who struck and killed Andy will serve little, if any, time behind bars and will pay a fine less than $1000. Allowing this person to move on with their life, with only a slap on the wrist, should be offensive to anyone with loved ones on the road. The negative impact for violating minor traffic laws, failure to yield in Andy's case, are greatly increased when a cyclist is involved, the penalty should be greater to encourage drivers to respect them and look twice, yield, slow down, and think twice before recklessly killing those simply trying to enjoy their life on a bicycle or motorcycle.
The data provided by Georgia's Department of Drivers Services, although 3 years out of date, clearly states "motorcyclists are consistently overrepresented in traffic fatalities" and yet Georgia only penalizes those who take a person's life in the most extreme of cases i.e., DUI or evading law enforcement. There is an underlying tone of blaming the motorcyclist instead of addressing at fault drivers on the road.
States like Colorado and Texas have stiffer penalties for vehicular homicide crimes with 2-6-year minimum sentences. The message Georgia is sending, run over a cyclist….you can get away with it for less than the cost of a new iPhone.