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Virginia HB1270 dead by 1 vote, but SB644 still alive

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Old 02-12-08, 02:54 PM
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Virginia HB1270 dead by 1 vote, but SB644 still alive

This is a close one folks! If we can get just one more Republican vote, we can pass this legislation, requiring Virginia motorists to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.

HB1270 was defeated by one vote in the House this week, but the identical bill from the Senate, HB644, is still alive. For some reason we can't figure out, this was a party line vote, with a few freshman Republicans breaking ranks to vote "for." If we can get just one more Republican vote we can do this.

On the VBF website I've posted the latest news from our lobbyist Bud Vye. He's listed the Republican delegates we should be contacting. If you live in one of these districts, please contact your delegate, and urge others to do the same -- especially if they can speak on behalf of a group, such as a bike club, runners' club, downtown merchants' association, PTA, senior citizens' group, church, boy/girl scouts, etc.

Just one more vote!

Don't forget yours either today -- Election Day!
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Old 02-12-08, 06:42 PM
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Seems like a sensible bill. There must bemore to it than that? Is something objectionable attached to it?
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I thought pedestrian right of way in a cross walk was in the UTC because the cross walk is an extension of the sidewalk, where pedestrians have right of way. Anyway, I don't know how you could construe hitting a pedestrian in a cross walk (when you could have reasonably stopped) to not be negligence. They're not in a protective car, and you have a responsibility to not kill or maim them...
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The law is worthless. No one will be cited after an initial flurry of publicity and tickets. That's what happened near me anyway.
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