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A ban on Hand-Held Cellphones will make Virginia roads safe for pedestrians too. Please contact these State Senators and ask them to support HB-181. Thanks for helping. Do it today. 🚶🏼 🚶🏽‍♀️ 🚶🏼🚶🏽‍♀️

Vision Zero is taking hold in DC and Montgomery County too. Join us at the Summit to make our streets safer for all of our residents.

Old rules of thumb appear to be out of date and devoid of safety concerns for vulnerable road users. It’s time for some new rules of thumb for our traffic engineers. We need to move people safely and efficiently.

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Have you seen cases where a driver received no more than a $50 to $250 fine for a traffic violation that resulted in someone being killed or seriously injured? We have seen that in Alexandria, and this week, Del Mark Levine will present a Vulnerable User bill, HB 426, to address that situation; we are asking you to contact your Delegate before noon on Wednesday to support Del. Levine’s substitute HB426.

Alexandria’s Commonwealth Attorney strongly supports this bill. The substitute HB 426 will be introduced at a House Courts of Justice Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday February 7th. Section 3 (for Running a Red Light) and Section 4 (for Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian) would specifically increase the penalties if the traffic violation results in the death or serious injury to a vulnerable road user.

If your Delegate is a member of House Courts of Justice Subcommittee #1 (see list below), please call or email them before noon on Wednesday with your support for the substitute HB 426. Many of us in Alexandria are represented by Del Charniele Herring who in on the House Courts of Justice Committee.

Please also share this note with others who may live in the districts listed below. Support from people in the Charlottesville, Woodstock and Winchester areas would be particularly helpful.

Here is the list of applicable committee members:
Gilbert (Chairman), R- Woodstock,VA
Bell, Robert B., R- Charlottesville, VA
Cline, R- Amherst, VA
Adams, L.R., R- Chatham, VA
Collins, R- Winchester, VA
Watts, D – Annandale, VA
Herring, D- Alexandria, VA
Mullin D – Newport News, VA
Appreciate your contacting your delegate before noon on Wednesday.

Thank you for your support in making our roads safer.

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AFSS recently met with Virginia State Senators Ebbin, Carrico and Marsden in Richmond to educate the legislators about the need to increase penalties on drivers who violate the traffic laws and kill or seriously injure pedestrians. Fines of $50 to $250 are inadequate deterrence when people are seriously injured or killed while they walk legally in cross walks. The possibility of points, risk of losing a drivers license and/or jail will send a stronger message to violators. AFSS is trying convey the devastating impact of crashes on victims and their family to our State representatives and encourage them to strengthen penalties so drivers will be more cautious.