Legislative Update

Pedestrian Safety

Bills Committee Last action Date
HB 219 - Morefield - Passing a stopped school bus; penalty. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice(H) Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice12/29/17
notes: Requires that any person who fails to stop his vehicle and remain stopped when approaching, from any direction, a school bus that is stopped on any highway, private road, or school driveway for the purpose of taking on or discharging passengers, and as the sole and proximate result of his reckless driving causes the serious injury or death of another, is guilty of a Class 5 felony.
HB 244 - Austin - Public utilities; cell phones, bill notice. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor(H) Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor01/02/18
notes: Requires any public utility providing commercial mobile radio service to persons whose billing address is within the Commonwealth to include with each bill a notice stating: "It is unlawful for any person to text or use a handheld personal communications device while operating a motor vehicle in a highway work zone when workers are present." The measure also provides that, for purposes of the provision imposing such requirement, a provider of commercial mobile radio service is a public utility.
HB 361 - Rush - Billboards; relocation of certain signs. (H) Committee on Transportation(H) Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #301/16/18
notes: Provides that a lawfully erected billboard sign may be relocated whenever such billboard sign is affected by the construction of a pedestrian bridge. The bill requires the Department of Transportation to place any permanent sign located in the highway right-of-way in such a location that it does not affect the visibility of a lawfully erected billboard sign. If such placement is not possible, such billboard may be relocated.
HB 426 - Levine - Careless driving; cause of injury to vulnerable road user, penalty. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice(H) Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #101/19/18
notes: Provides that a person who operates a motor vehicle in a careless or distracted manner and causes of serious bodily injury to a pedestrian or person riding a bicycle, electric wheelchair, electric bicycle, wheel chair, skateboard, skates, foot-scooter, animal, or animal-drawn vehicle is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
HB 464 - Carter - Pedestrians; drivers yielding the right-of-way. (H) Committee on Transportation(H) Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #101/16/18
notes: Clarifies the duties of vehicle drivers to stop to allow pedestrians to cross highways at (i) clearly marked crosswalks, whether at mid-block or at the end of any block; (ii) any regular pedestrian crossing included in the prolongation of the lateral boundary lines of the adjacent sidewalk at the end of a block; or (iii) any intersection when the driver is approaching on a highway where the maximum speed limit is not more than 35 miles per hour. The bill contains technical amendments.
SB 46 - Favola - Pedestrians; drivers yielding the right-of-way. (S) Committee on Transportation(S) Failed to report (defeated) in Transportation (6-Y 7-N)01/17/18
notes: Clarifies the duties of vehicle drivers to stop to allow pedestrians to cross highways at (i) clearly marked crosswalks, whether at mid-block or at the end of any block; (ii) any regular pedestrian crossing included in the prolongation of the lateral boundary lines of the adjacent sidewalk at the end of a block; or (iii) any intersection when the driver is approaching on a highway where the maximum speed limit is not more than 35 miles per hour. The bill contains technical amendments.
SB 87 - Surovell - Careless driving; cause of injury to vulnerable road user. (S) Committee on Transportation(S) Failed to report (defeated) in Transportation (6-Y 7-N)01/17/18
notes: Provides that a person who operates a motor vehicle in a careless or distracted manner and is the proximate cause of serious physical injury to a vulnerable road user, defined in the bill as a pedestrian or person riding a bicycle, electric wheelchair, electric bicycle, wheelchair, skateboard, skates, foot-scooter, animal, or animal-drawn vehicle, is guilty of a traffic infraction.
SB 684 - Deeds - Removal of snow and ice; county executive form of government. (S) Committee on Local Government(S) Referred to Committee on Local Government01/10/18
notes: Authorizes any county outside Planning District 8 that has adopted the county executive form of government (Albemarle County), to provide by ordinance reasonable criteria and requirements for the removal of accumulations of snow and ice from public sidewalks by the owner or other person in charge of any occupied property. Currently, only counties within Northern Virginia Planning District 8 may adopt such an ordinance.
SB 919 - Ebbin - Careless driving; cause of injury to vulnerable road user; penalty. (S) Committee on Transportation(S) Referred to Committee on Transportation01/19/18
notes: Provides that a person who operates a motor vehicle in a careless or distracted manner and causes serious bodily injury to a pedestrian or person riding a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric bicycle, wheel chair or wheel chair conveyance, skateboard, skates, foot-scooter, animal, or animal-drawn vehicle is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. Upon conviction of such offense, the court may suspend the person's driver's license for a period of not more than six months.
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