New Law Makes Roads Safer for VA Pedestrians

A new Virginia law took effect in July, making it easier for pedestrians to cross the street safely. As of July 1, motorists must come to a complete stop to allow pedestrians in crosswalks to pass. Previous versions of the law required motorists to yield, not stop. Advocates say the change will add much-needed clarity about whether or not drivers should stop when they spot pedestrians.

Always Stop for Pedestrians

If you’re driving on a road with speed limits of less than 35 miles per hour, you’ll be required to come to a complete stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. Break this law and you could face fines of up to $500. While the new law may slow traffic down, the change will ultimately result in safer crossings for pedestrians.

It’s not always easy to spot pedestrians, especially at night. It’s up to motorists to perform their own due diligence when riding through areas known for high foot traffic.

A Safer Virginia Beach

In areas with high foot traffic like the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, the law could be revolutionary. Tourists and locals alike will benefit from a safer, more mindful approach to crosswalks. Given just how many pedestrian traffic accidents occur at the Oceanfront each year, we applaud the lawmakers responsible for this change. Another fatal accident just occurred on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach’s North End, a spot beloved by locals and surfers alike. We can only hope that news of the changing law will continue to spread, keeping our streets safer for everyone.

Virginia Personal Injury Attorneys

Car accidents and wrecks, especially those that result in the wrongful death of an innocent victim, are horrific events – and the event is made all the more awful when it turns out that the at-fault driver was driving drunk. Virginia wrongful death attorney Richard Serpe represents families who have suffered the loss of a loved one caused by someone else’s negligence. If you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, or have been injured, contact us to discuss your rights.