New Legislation Aimed At Pedestrian Safety

The Virginia General Assembly is considering legislation to expand local authority in setting speed limits. Currently, only the Commissioner of Highways can authorize changes on state-maintained roads, leading to frustration for local governments seeking to address speeding issues. The proposed bill would empower localities to reduce speed limits within business or residence districts, including on state-owned highways. Despite initial challenges, the bill has garnered support from organizations representing local governments. With pedestrian fatalities on the rise, the push for safer roads in Virginia remains a priority.