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.