Exercise due care; requires drivers to avoid colliding with pedestrian. (HB784)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Drivers to exercise due care.  Requires drivers to exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian or the operator of a human-powered vehicle. Read the Bill »


01/26/2012: Failed to Pass in Committee


  • 01/11/2012 Committee
  • 01/11/2012 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101809D
  • 01/11/2012 Referred to Committee on Transportation
  • 01/20/2012 Assigned Transportation sub: #2
  • 01/25/2012 Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (4-Y 3-N)
  • 01/26/2012 Passed by indefinitely in Transportation


Wayne Wilcox writes:

Excellent! Thanks for a valuable bill.

First, why should due care be limited to operators of motor vehicles? Extend it to all users of the public rights-of-way.

Second, extend the protection also to other motor vehicles, not just cyclists and pedestrians.

SD writes:

Doesn't this duty already exist under the common law?

Magan writes:

My dogs read about this bill. Both of them told me that they were very much offended that canines were not mentioned with the humans.