Designed to make roads safer for everyone, Dunwoody’s Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) Ordinance is the first of its kind in Georgia.
Dunwoody, GA – April 23, 2020 – The City of Dunwoody’s Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) Ordinance provides protections for bicyclists, pedestrians and others from potential dangers posed by drivers. Passed by the Dunwoody City Council in November 2019, the ordinance is the first of its kind in Georgia. It goes into effect on May 1, 2020.
“Because of social distancing, we’re seeing more of our residents riding bikes, running and walking,” said Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan. “We want to make sure everyone knows about this new ordinance and understands the importance of watching out for one another.”
Link to a video explaining the new ordinance
Link to a flier explaining the new ordinance.
The ordinance is stricter than current state law. It defines vulnerable road users as pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders, construction workers and anyone in a wheelchair, on a scooter, moped or motorcycle. Drivers are required to stop for VRUs in a crosswalk, keep a safe distance behind VRUs if it’s not safe to pass and allow at least three feet when passing any VRU.
According to the ordinance, drivers may go into an opposite-direction travel lane to pass but only if it’s clear, legal and safe to do so. The ordinance also prohibits unsafe turns in front of VRUs and any actions that intimate or harass vulnerable road users.
Several defenses for drivers are listed in the ordinance. Those defenses make VRUs responsible for wearing bright or reflective clothing at night when on the roadway. They should also ride as near to the right side of the right through-lane as is safe.
Penalties include up to six months in jail or probation and up to a $1,000 fine. Penalties may be reduced or waived if the driver completes a driver safety and pedestrian awareness class.
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For more information regarding the City of Dunwoody, please contact Jennifer Boettcher, Communications Director: 678.382.6881, Jennifer.Boettcher@dunwoodyga.gov.