SB 264 [ http://tinyurl.com/72w4gwv ], which would prohibit motorists in Virginia from following bicyclists "more closely than is reasonable and prudent", was passed by the Virginia Senate on January 24, and is now before the Virginia House of Delegates.
This Wednesday morning (2/22), SB 264 will be heard by the 7-member House Transportation Subcommittee #2, the same body that killed an identical House bill (HB 785, Lopez) on February 1 in an unrecorded and partisan voice vote.
Three of the 7 subcommittee members represent Northern Virginia, and at least two of them (Comstock and Anderson) voted to kill the identical house bill. Their contact information is:
* Delegate Barbara Comstock, R-34, McLean: <email@example.com>,
* Delegate Richard Anderson, R-51, Woodbridge, <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
* Delegate Randall Minchew, R-10, Leesburg, <email@example.com>,
Please email and/or phone their offices TODAY, to ask them to SUPPORT SB 264, which would afford cyclists, moped riders, and other non-motorized vehicle users the same legal protection from negligent following motorists that now applies only to motor vehicle occupants. If Subcommittee #2 votes to report SB 264, passage by the full House Transportation Committee and then by the full House of Delegates is likely.
Detailed talking points on SB 264 are posted HERE.
To email the these three subcommittee simultaneously, Click Here to be directed to the WABA Action Center.