Though most drivers stop for a pedestrian or bicyclist in the crosswalk but not all. Del. Kay Kory (D-38) partnered with Del. Ken Plum (D-36) has addressed the issue with House Bill 1705. That bill was among seven bills passed recently to increase the safety for pedestrians and bicyclists across the state.
According to www.connectionnewspapers.com, “The bill contains language that clarifies the duties of vehicle drivers to stop when yielding to pedestrians at clearly marked crosswalks, whether at mid-block or at the end of any block; any regular pedestrian crossing included in the prolongation of the lateral boundary lines of the adjacent sidewalk at the end of a block, or any intersection when the driver is approaching on a highway where the maximum speed limit is not more than 35 miles per hour.”
As per www.connectionnewspapers.com, “FABB calls the bills “a slew of important and bipartisan bills that will make bicycling in Fairfax and across the state safer and more enjoyable.” Although FABB is a local group, they want to highlight bike issues across the state. “We work very closely with other bike and pedestrian groups across the state,” Newman said. At the county Board of Supervisors meeting, a group of bicyclists made their presence known when the bills were passed. “They were just thrilled,” said Kory.”