“Bad news early this morning in House Transportation SubCommittee 2, as Del. Rob Krupicka from Alexandria’s HB2159 / Stop for Pedestrians in a Marked Crosswalk, despite strong support from five speakers, and none in opposition…”

For those who’ve been looking to get the law refined and tightened up to eliminate confusion, you’ll have to wait another year apparently.

From Virginia Bicycling Federation Legislative Update:

Betsy Carr (Richmond), Jeion Ward (Newport News) & LeMunyon (Chantilly) voting yea, while Chairman Garrett was joined by Scott Taylor (VA Beach), Terry Austin (Buchanan), & Todd Pillion (Abingdon) in voting to kill it.

View Official documents at LIS Virginia Legislative Information Center:

HB 2159 Pedestrians; crossing highways.
Introduced by: K. Rob Krupicka | all patrons … notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
Pedestrians crossing highways. Clarifies the duties of vehicles to stop to allow pedestrians to cross highways at marked crosswalks.

Existing state law that will not change includes:

The drivers of vehicles entering, crossing, or turning at intersections shall change their course, slow down, or stop if necessary to permit pedestrians to cross such intersections safely and expeditiously.

Pedestrians crossing highways at intersections shall at all times have the right-of-way over vehicles making turns into the highways being crossed by the pedestrians.

Emphasis ours.

Note crosswalk signal across Shore Drive. This vehicle has right of way over pedestrian crossing.

Note crosswalk signal across Shore Drive. This vehicle has right of way over pedestrian crossing.

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