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General Assembly Approves $50 Civil Fine for “Dooring” Bicyclists

A bill headed to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s desk would hold car drivers responsible if they injure oncoming byciclists by opening a car door in their path. The bill would establish a $50 civil fine for drivers who open their vehicle door into oncoming traffic.

Democratic Senator Chap Petersen of Fairfax has been the patron of the bill for five years, inspired by his political director Alex Parker who was injured by a car door.

Between 2010 and 2015, 74 people, including 15 bicyclists, have been injured in 233 reported accidents caused by “dooring.”

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