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Offered January 11, 2017
Prefiled January 4, 2017
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 46.2-816.1, relating to careless driving and infliction of injury on vulnerable road users.
Patrons-- Sullivan and LeMunyon
Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 46.2-816.1 as follows:

46.2-816.1. Careless driving and infliction of injury on vulnerable road users; penalty.

A. As used in this section, "vulnerable road user" means a pedestrian or a person riding a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, wheelchair, skateboard, roller or in-line skates, foot-scooter, animal, or animal-drawn vehicle.

B. A person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor who operates a motor vehicle in a careless or distracted manner and is the proximate cause of serious physical injury to a vulnerable road user.

C. Upon conviction, the court shall suspend the driver's license of such person for a period of not less than one year or more than three years and shall order the surrender of the license to be disposed of in accordance with the provisions of 46.2-398.

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