Bicyclists & other vulnerable road users; person who operates a motor vehicle in a careless manner. (SB1550)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) with support from co-patron Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Bicyclists and other vulnerable road users. Provides that a person 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, defined in the bill as a pedestrian or person riding a bicycle, electric wheelchair, electric bicycle, wheelchair, skateboard, skates, foot-scooter, animal, or animal-drawn vehicle, is guilty of a traffic infraction. The bill prohibits the driver of a motor vehicle from using or crossing into a bicycle lane to pass or attempt to pass another vehicle except to provide traffic incident management services, when directed by a law-enforcement officer, or when the roadway is otherwise impassable due to weather conditions, an accident, or an emergency situation. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19104047D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/23/2019Committee amendments
01/23/2019Failed to report (defeated) in Transportation (6-Y 6-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/30/2019Reconsiderd by Transportation
01/30/2019Reported from Transportation with amendment (7-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Read second time
02/04/2019Reading of amendment waived
02/04/2019Committee amendment agreed to
02/04/2019Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1550E
02/04/2019Printed as engrossed 19104047D-E
02/04/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Passed by for the day
02/05/2019Read third time and passed Senate (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2019Placed on Calendar
02/08/2019Read first time
02/08/2019Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/08/2019Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #1
02/12/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 3-N)
02/12/2019Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/2019Reported from Transportation (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1550E)
02/15/2019Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 2-N)
02/19/2019Left in Courts of Justice