Monday, March 7, 2016

Dooring Bill Passed by VA House

Today the full Virginia House of Delegates voted to approve the Dooring Bill, SB 117, on a vote of 70-25. The bill was previously approved by the Senate so it's our understanding that it now goes to Governor McAuliffe for his signature. Thanks to everyone who wrote to your legislators to urge them to approve the bill. Thanks also to Senator Chap Petersen for patroning the bill and working to ensure it made it though both houses.

Offered January 13, 2016
Prefiled December 28, 2015
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 46.2-818.1, relating to opening of motor vehicle doors.
Patrons-- Petersen, DeSteph and Marsden
Referred to Committee on Transportation
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 46.2-818.1 as follows:

ยง 46.2-818.1. Opening and closing motor vehicle doors; penalty.

No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on the side adjacent to moving traffic unless it is reasonably safe to do so.

A violation of this section shall constitute a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of not more than $100. No demerit points shall be awarded by the Commissioner for a violation of this section.

The provisions of this section shall not apply to any law-enforcement officer, school guard, firefighter, or member of an emergency medical services agency engaged in the performance of his duties.

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