Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Crosswalk bill defeated by 1 vote in VA House

According to the Virginia Bicycling Federation and BikeWalk Virginia, HB 1270, the House bill to require motorists to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk, was defeated along party lines by a vote of 48-47. Why this is a partisan issue is beyond me. An identical bill, SB 644, passed in the Senate and now goes to the House Transportation Committee, so there is still some hope. See the above links for contact info for the Republicans on the committee, including Del. Rust (Herndon), who was not present when the House bill was voted out of the committee earlier.

Thanks for reporting this. I'd like to emphasize that this was a very close vote -- one -- so the chances of victory with the Senate bill, SB644, are very good. All we need is to get one Republican to break party lines and vote For. So if your delegate is a Republican, make sure you contact them, and get others to do the same.

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