New law requires drivers to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks
A new Virginia law takes effect tomorrow, July 1, that aims to make crossing the street easier and safer for pedestrians.
The new law requires drivers to stop and not just yield for pedestrians at crosswalks in all lanes. Drivers must remain stopped until the pedestrian passes. In addition, when a vehicle is stopped, drivers of any other approaching vehicles may not pass the stopped vehicle.
Previously, Virginia law only required drivers to yield to pedestrians.
Pedestrians must still be aware of their surroundings and not disregard approaching traffic.
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