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SB 437 - Increases Penalty for Motor Accidents Involving a Cyclist or Vulnerable Road User - Virginia Key Vote

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Title: Increases Penalty for Motor Accidents Involving a Cyclist or Vulnerable Road User

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with the governor's recommendation and pass a bill that increases the penalty for a person who operates a motor vehicle in a careless or distracted manner and is the cause of serious physical injury to a bicyclist or a vulnerable road user.

Highlights:

 

  • Defines “vulnerable road user” as (Sec. 1):

    • A pedestrian;

    • The operator of or passenger on a bicycle;

    • Electric personal assistive mobility device;

    • Electric power-assisted bicycle;

    • Wheelchair or wheelchair conveyance;

    • Skateboard or roller skates;

    • Motorized skateboard or scooter;

    • An animal-drawn vehicle or any attached device; and

    • Any individual riding an animal.

  • Classifies the act of operating a motor vehicle in a careless or distracted manner in a way that causes serious bodily injury to a vulnerable road user who is lawfully present on the highway at the time of injury as a Class 1 misdemeanor (Sec. 1).

  • Specifies that nothing in this act shall authorize a driver of a motor vehicle from crossing a solid line designating a bicycle lane to pass or attempt to pass another vehicle, except as authorized by a law enforcement officer, or where the roadway is otherwise impassable due to weather conditions, an accident, or an emergency situation (Sec. 1).

Title: Increases Penalty for Motor Accidents Involving a Cyclist or Vulnerable Road User

Title: Increases Penalty for Motor Accidents Involving a Cyclist or Vulnerable Road User

Title: Increases Penalty for Motor Accidents Involving a Cyclist or Vulnerable Road User

Title: Increases Penalty for Motor Accidents Involving a Cyclist or Vulnerable Road User

Title: Increases Penalty for Motor Accidents Involving a Cyclist or Vulnerable Road User

Title: Increases Penalty for Motor Accidents Involving a Cyclist or Vulnerable Road User

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