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    Default 2020 Virginia Legislative Session Updates

    Details are frome: https://www.vabike.org/legislative-update-1-30-2020/



    Highlights:

    Two bills of interest– both introduced by Senator Surovell – have passed the Senate and will be heard in the House next month: Distracted Driving (SB160) (33 to 7) and Vulnerable Road User (SB437) (25 to 15).
    Two bills reported from the House Transportation Committee this week and will be heard next in the full House: Delegate Bourne’s Distracted Driving HB874 (mirror image of Senator Surovell’s SB160) (12 to 2), and Delegate Jones' Automated Speed Enforcement HB1442 (13 to 8).
    Most other traffic safety bills are still awaiting to be heard in a committee or subcommittee. The deadline for each house to complete its work on its own legislation is February 11.


    Top Initiatives

    Distracted Driving (hands-free cell phones): progress in both houses.

    Senator Surovell’s SB160: passed the Senate on 1/29 (33 to 7)

    Delegate Willett’s HB377 was incorporated into Delegate Bourne’s HB874. HB874 reported from House Transportation on 1/30 (12 to 2) and will next be heard in the full House.



    Automated Speed Enforcement: would enable jurisdictions to establish an automated photo speed enforcement program, for vehicles that exceed the speed limit by at least 10 mph.

    Delegate Willett’s HB621 was incorporated into Jones' HB1442. Delegate Jones introduced a substitute HB1442 which would allow automated enforcement in school zones and work zones only. HB1442 was then reported from House Transportation on 1/30 (13 to 8).
    Senator Marsden’s SB759, as submitted, would allow handheld photo enforcement, but we expect will be amended to include automated enforcement in school and work zones. The bill has been referred to Senate Transportation, which will hear Senator Marsden’s bill on Thursday afternoon, February 6.



    Vulnerable Road Users: provides that a careless or distracted driver who causes serious physical injury to a vulnerable road user is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also prohibits the driver of a motor vehicle from crossing into a bicycle lane to pass or attempt to pass another vehicle, except in certain circumstances.

    Senator Surovell’s Vulnerable Road User (SB437), passed the Senate (25 to 15) on 1/22.



    Other Initiatives

    Contributory Negligence: provides that the negligence of a pedestrian or bicyclist who is involved in a collision with a motor vehicle shall not bar plaintiff’s recovery in any civil action unless the plaintiff’s negligence is (i) a proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injury and (ii) greater than the aggregated total amount of negligence of all the defendants that proximately caused the plaintiff’s injury.

    Senator Surovell’s SB 659 was defeated (“Passed By Indefinitely”) in Senate Judiciary Committee (14 to 1)


    Passing Vehicles Stopped at Crosswalks: prohibits the driver of a vehicle from overtaking and passing a vehicle stopped at a marked crosswalk to permit a pedestrian to cross the highway.

    Delegate Plum’s HB1644 has been referred to House Transportation, Motor Vehicles Subcommittee, which will meet next at 4 pm Monday, 2/3.


    Stop for Pedestrians: clarifies the duties of vehicle drivers to stop when yielding to pedestrians at (i) clearly marked crosswalks, and any regular pedestrian crossing.

    Delegate Kory’s HB1705 has been referred to House Transportation, Motor Vehicles Subcommittee, which will meet next at 4 pm Monday, 2/3.


    Increased Penalties: increases from a traffic infraction to a Class 2 misdemeanor the penalty for failure to obey traffic lights or stop for pedestrians when such failure results in the death or serious bodily injury of a pedestrian or wheel chair user.

    Delegate Levine’s HB247 is awaiting referral to House Courts of Justice Committee


    Using Bike Lanes to Pass: a prohibition of using a bike lane to pass is included in Senator Surovell’s Vulnerable Road User (SB437), which passed the Senate (25 to 15) on 1/22

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    These three pedestrian safety bills will be heard at 4 pm Monday in a Virginia House Transportation subcommittee. Please share this note with friends in Virginia who may live in a district of one of the Delegates listed below; ask them to contact their Delegate to support these important pedestrian safety initiatives.


    Delegate Levine’s HB247 – Increased Penalties; If a driver kills or seriously injures a person lawfully in a crosswalk, the driver could be charged with a Class 2 Misdemeanor, instead of a simple traffic violation (Class 4 misdemeanor)

    Delegate Plum’s HB1644 – Would make it illegal to pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk.

    Delegate Kory’s HB1705 – Requires drivers to yield to pedestrians by stopping.

    Contact information for Delegates in the Motor Vehicles Subcommittee Is provided below.



    Delegate Jerrauld C. "Jay" Jones (D) - Norfolk, 804-698-1089 DelJJones@house.virginia.gov
    Delegate Lamont Bagby (D) Richmond, 804-698-1074, DelLBagby@house.virginia.gov
    Delegate Chris L. Hurst (D), Blacksburg, 804 698-1012 DelCHurst@house.virginia.gov
    Delegate Karrie K. Delaney (D) Centreville, 804 698-1067 DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov
    Delegate Lee J. Carter (D) Manassas, 804 698 -1050 DelLCarter@house.virginia.gov
    Delegate Dan I. Helmer (D) Fairfax, 804 698-1040 DelDHelmer@house.virginia.gov
    Delegate Les R. Adams (R) Chatham, 804-698-1016 DelLAdams@house.virginia.gov
    Delegate Dave A. LaRock (R) Hamilton, 804 698-1033 DelDLaRock@house.virginia.gov
    Delegate Christopher E. Collins (R), Winchester, 804 698-1029 DelCCollins@house.virginia.gov
    Delegate Jason S. Miyares (R), Virginia Beach 804 698-1082 DelJMiyares@house.virginia.gov

    Delegate Delores L. McQuinn (D), Richmond, 804 698-1070 DelDMcQuinn@house.virginia.gov Get those emails, cards and letters out this weekend!

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    So the efforts to fix contributory negligence in Virginia are dead in the water... defeated 14 to 1... am I understanding that correctly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheels&wings View Post
    So the efforts to fix contributory negligence in Virginia are dead in the water... defeated 14 to 1... am I understanding that correctly?
    Yes. Contributory negligence is dead this year. Scott Surovell introduced it and was the only one that voted for it in committee.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    Yes. Contributory negligence is dead this year. Scott Surovell introduced it and was the only one that voted for it in committee.
    Good heavens, what a backwards state we live in, right alongside Alabama, Maryland and North Carolina. Pathetic.

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