“No family should have to experience the loss of a loved one from this kind of senseless accident,” West said in a written statement announcing his bill. “We have a responsibility as a community to do anything we can to prevent future tragedies like this. I am hopeful that the Dallas Swogger Act can help to play a role in that effort.”
The internet is loaded with photos and videos of people skitching behind cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles and more on bikes, skateboards, snowboards, skis and sleds. Likewise, there are news stories about riders being seriously injured or killed.
Skitching is inherently dangerous: it’s done in traffic, sometimes at high speeds and without the driver’s knowledge or adequate training or protection.
“This is a very dangerous activity that can result in the serious injury or death of those involved,” said Ohio Highway Patrol Lt. Robert Sellers.