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Dunwoody Enacts Robust Safety Protections for Vulnerable Road Users


November 29, 2019

DUNWOODY, GA- Ajc.com writes that pedestrians and cyclists are now getting better protection from the city of Dunwoody than from any other municipality in the State of Georgia. The city recently passed what it is calling the "Vulnerable Road User" law, which is designed to prevent vehicles from hitting cyclists, skateboarders and pedestrians.*

The city's laws are stricter and include harsher penalties for violating drivers. The city says that they are trailblazing in this area because no other city in the State, nor in the surrounding states, has taken such steps to protect people cycling and walking on the road.

Pursuant to the law, drivers must give at least three feet of space to cyclists. Drivers will be able to pass bikes by entering the opposite lane of travel. If a driver does not have time or space to pass a bike while giving the cyclist a minimum of three feet, then the driver will have to ride behind the bike until it is possible to pass while abiding the terms in the ordinance.  

Violating drivers can face fines of $1,000 and six months behind bars. The law will take effect next March. In the time between now and March, police will work to educate the public about the new law and try to enforce safe driving habits that comply with the new ordinance.

In addition to updating its laws, Dunwoody is trying to educate drivers about pedestrian safety, and planning to improve the infrastructure to make the streets safer for everyone. 

Pedestrian safety is a hot button issue because reports continue to come out, indicating that pedestrian death rates are spiking in Georgia and around the nation.

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Source: https://www.ajc.com/news/local/metro-city-passes-strictest-law-protecting-cyclists-walkers/PQHf3djcDD28QU9z6K2u6K/ and https://www.heraldnet.com/nation-world/more-americans-keep-dying-while-walking/

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