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New Ordinance Aimed to Improve Pedestrian and Driver Safety on Virginia Beach Roads

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Pedestrians in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) will no longer be able to stand or walk along roadway medians after a new ordinance was recently passed. The focus of the ordinance is to improve safety conditions for both pedestrians and drivers, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

“Folks in the median are actually a safety hazard because it’s distracting to drivers and it can help cause accidents,” said Officer Margie Long.

Decreasing distractions for drivers has been in the headlines recently in Virginia (VA) with the passage of laws prohibiting texting while driving. A study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which my colleague Rick Shapiro wrote extensively about, revealed a driver was six times more likely to be involved in a car accident if they texted while driving.

As an injury lawyer who’s represented clients hurt in car accidents, I applaud Virginia Beach for taking measures to help improve pedestrian and driver safety. Though, I have to admit I’m surprised the punishment associated with violating the new median ordinance is tougher than the state law prohibiting texting while driving.

Violating the ordinance is a Class II misdemeanor along with a fine of up to $1,500 dollars and up to six months in jail. The texting while driving law is only enforceable if a police officer stops you for another violation and a first-offender has to pay only a $20 dollar fine.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), near the NE North Carolina (NC) border and handles car,truck,railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.

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