CHILD WITH AUTISM signs; VDOT to post within an area in which child resides. (HB374)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson) with support from co-patron Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

"CHILD WITH AUTISM" signs. Requires VDOT, when requested by the child's parent or legal guardian, to post within an area in which a child with autism who is less than 18 years old resides signs bearing the legend "CHILD WITH AUTISM." Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/04/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 087954460
01/04/2008Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/14/2008Assigned Transportation sub: 1
01/18/2008Impact statement from VDOT (HB374)
02/05/2008Continued to 2009 in Transportation

Comments

Timothy Watson writes:

Why?

Alison Hymes writes:

Because there are a few children with autism who may run away from their parents or other caretakers and run into traffic. My mother and I just missed hitting a young child with autism several years ago who was running down Barracks Road in C'ville. It took a very strong woman paramedic to hold him and keep him safe until he could be picked up by his parents. It was terrifying.

On the other hand, if people don't know that, the sign won't help much.

Marsha Maines writes:

My nephew is autistic. That does NOT mean we should spend $$$thousands on producing and erecting signs all over the state to 'warn' people an autistic child 'may' be present...what happens when that family relocates??? NO. this is not a wise use of my tax dollars.