Public Comments for 01/25/2021 Transportation - Motor Vehicles Subcommittee
HB1752 - Golf carts and utility vehicles; operation of vehicles on public highways in Town of Smithfield .
Last Name: Stallings Organization: Town of Smithfield Locality: Town of Smithfield

The Town of Smithfield is in full support of House Bill 1752 related to the use of golf carts within the Town of Smithfield. This change will allow more residents to access the historic downtown portion of Smithfield via golf cart. This will provide additional economic opportunities as well help with our parking issues in the historic downtown.

Last Name: Fulton Locality: Caroline

HB 2146, Parked cars in VDOT right-of-ways appears to be a common sense, innocuous bill designed for the public to be able to stop on a VDOT right-of-way and save a cat or dog in danger of being hit by a vehicle. Unfortunately, I must point out the background and real purpose and impact of the legislation. Of course, the general public are not receiving tickets for saving an animal in danger, but who are receiving a few tickets based on current Virginia Code are deer dog hunting clubs hunting on highway road shoulders. HB 2146 is designed to make it legal for these clubs to park on the VDOT road shoulders waiting for the deer dogs to run deer to these roads so they may shoot them. The danger this common practice of lining public roads with hunters waiting for the hounds to run the deer to them is already extreme. Drivers going 60 mph suddenly come upon parked vehicles, hunters with weapons spread along the road, not to mention the deer and dogs that end up in the travel lanes. The bills sponsor, Delegate Miyares, received a $2000 contribution from the deer dog hunting lobby this past November. The deer dog lobby supports this dangerous bill. I have attacked a video taken December 30, 2020 in Essex County showing deer dog hunters using the right-of-way to hunt, a very common and illegal practice under current Code. HB 2146 would make it legal for all dog hunters to line the highways waiting to "catch their companion animals.” Respectfully, Ben Fulton, Federal Wildlife Biologist - Retired Caroline, VA

Last Name: Felts Locality: Amelia

I fully support each of these and hope you will as well

HB2026 - Vehicle window tinting; exempts motor vehicles equipped with side mirrors from prohibition on apply.
Last Name: Fulton Locality: Caroline

HB 2146, Parked cars in VDOT right-of-ways appears to be a common sense, innocuous bill designed for the public to be able to stop on a VDOT right-of-way and save a cat or dog in danger of being hit by a vehicle. Unfortunately, I must point out the background and real purpose and impact of the legislation. Of course, the general public are not receiving tickets for saving an animal in danger, but who are receiving a few tickets based on current Virginia Code are deer dog hunting clubs hunting on highway road shoulders. HB 2146 is designed to make it legal for these clubs to park on the VDOT road shoulders waiting for the deer dogs to run deer to these roads so they may shoot them. The danger this common practice of lining public roads with hunters waiting for the hounds to run the deer to them is already extreme. Drivers going 60 mph suddenly come upon parked vehicles, hunters with weapons spread along the road, not to mention the deer and dogs that end up in the travel lanes. The bills sponsor, Delegate Miyares, received a $2000 contribution from the deer dog hunting lobby this past November. The deer dog lobby supports this dangerous bill. I have attacked a video taken December 30, 2020 in Essex County showing deer dog hunters using the right-of-way to hunt, a very common and illegal practice under current Code. HB 2146 would make it legal for all dog hunters to line the highways waiting to "catch their companion animals.” Respectfully, Ben Fulton, Federal Wildlife Biologist - Retired Caroline, VA

Last Name: Felts Locality: Amelia

I fully support each of these and hope you will as well

HB2077 - Motor vehicles; driving while holding a companion animal, prohibited.
Last Name: Fulton Locality: Caroline

HB 2146, Parked cars in VDOT right-of-ways appears to be a common sense, innocuous bill designed for the public to be able to stop on a VDOT right-of-way and save a cat or dog in danger of being hit by a vehicle. Unfortunately, I must point out the background and real purpose and impact of the legislation. Of course, the general public are not receiving tickets for saving an animal in danger, but who are receiving a few tickets based on current Virginia Code are deer dog hunting clubs hunting on highway road shoulders. HB 2146 is designed to make it legal for these clubs to park on the VDOT road shoulders waiting for the deer dogs to run deer to these roads so they may shoot them. The danger this common practice of lining public roads with hunters waiting for the hounds to run the deer to them is already extreme. Drivers going 60 mph suddenly come upon parked vehicles, hunters with weapons spread along the road, not to mention the deer and dogs that end up in the travel lanes. The bills sponsor, Delegate Miyares, received a $2000 contribution from the deer dog hunting lobby this past November. The deer dog lobby supports this dangerous bill. I have attacked a video taken December 30, 2020 in Essex County showing deer dog hunters using the right-of-way to hunt, a very common and illegal practice under current Code. HB 2146 would make it legal for all dog hunters to line the highways waiting to "catch their companion animals.” Respectfully, Ben Fulton, Federal Wildlife Biologist - Retired Caroline, VA

Last Name: Felts Locality: Amelia

I fully support each of these and hope you will as well

HB2122 - Golf carts and utility vehicles; Town of Ivor authorized to allow operation on highways.
Last Name: Fulton Locality: Caroline

HB 2146, Parked cars in VDOT right-of-ways appears to be a common sense, innocuous bill designed for the public to be able to stop on a VDOT right-of-way and save a cat or dog in danger of being hit by a vehicle. Unfortunately, I must point out the background and real purpose and impact of the legislation. Of course, the general public are not receiving tickets for saving an animal in danger, but who are receiving a few tickets based on current Virginia Code are deer dog hunting clubs hunting on highway road shoulders. HB 2146 is designed to make it legal for these clubs to park on the VDOT road shoulders waiting for the deer dogs to run deer to these roads so they may shoot them. The danger this common practice of lining public roads with hunters waiting for the hounds to run the deer to them is already extreme. Drivers going 60 mph suddenly come upon parked vehicles, hunters with weapons spread along the road, not to mention the deer and dogs that end up in the travel lanes. The bills sponsor, Delegate Miyares, received a $2000 contribution from the deer dog hunting lobby this past November. The deer dog lobby supports this dangerous bill. I have attacked a video taken December 30, 2020 in Essex County showing deer dog hunters using the right-of-way to hunt, a very common and illegal practice under current Code. HB 2146 would make it legal for all dog hunters to line the highways waiting to "catch their companion animals.” Respectfully, Ben Fulton, Federal Wildlife Biologist - Retired Caroline, VA

Last Name: Felts Locality: Amelia

I fully support each of these and hope you will as well

HB2146 - Parked cars; VDOT right-of-way.
Last Name: Lowe Locality: Ruschlikon

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Last Name: Cantrell Locality: Tappahannock

Do not pass this bill. The dog hunters in the surrounding counties already take advantage of road shoulders to hunt from and drop off their dogs. This bill encourages this practice further promotes this unsafe activity. We have problems with dogs running in the road and getting struck. Dogs have run deer into our family car and caused us to loose use of our vehicle. Hunters block the roads and road shoulders and lastly while they are not supposed to they do shoot across the roadway at deer while hunting.

Last Name: Reimers Organization: Snickersville Hounds/Hunt Locality: Loudoun County

I support the bill which will allow Road whips (people following the hunt to track the hounds) to stop and park in a VDOT right of way. This is an important safety measure for the hounds and the entire hunt. Our road whips are curious and drive very carefully. Please give them a helping hand.

Last Name: Atkins Locality: Hume, VA

As a pet owner I'd like to ask you to make sure you include "the attempted retrieval of companion animals" in the definition of allowable emergency use of unoccupied DOT right of ways. As an owner of horses. I'd also ask that you include "attempted livestock retrieval" under the same definition. The idea of having a horse "get out" makes every horse owners blood run cold in terror.

Last Name: Cayce Organization: Snickersville Hounds Locality: Clarke

Please support this bill: This would be so instrumental , in keeping those of us trying to keep hounds and motorists out of each other’s way, safe! At present there is no protection for us, and no education for the public as to what we are attempting to do. And, how the public might help us to do it safely , for the benefit of all. Thank you.

Last Name: Bills Organization: Snickersville Hounds Locality: Loudoun, Town of Purcellville

Please pass this bill. Our hunt's volunteer staff often need to be at an edge of the roadway in a parked "hound truck" to block hounds from running into other territories, other land owner's property, and/or to keep them from running across a major roadway. The staff and truck also need to be able to be there, God forbid in case of a medical emergency or injury to hound, horse or rider. This bill will legally provide for their safety and it is imperative that it's passed.

Last Name: Nuzzo Organization: Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance Locality: James city

Please support HB2146

Last Name: Poythress Organization: Farm and pet animal owners Locality: Mecklenburg

“This bill would make legal what everybody thinks is legal now but isn’t. Stopping off the pavement but on state property to pick up a pet or farm animal under emergency situations, isn’t legal now. Game wardens have started ticketing residents that are doing this, several such tickets written in Southside counties last year. The object of the change to the bill is to minimize vehicle/animal accidents by removing the animal from the roads as quickly as possible. Please vote for this bill and make legal what everybody thinks is legal now.”

Last Name: Bielmyer Organization: All Houndsmen Locality: Dinwiddie County

I support this bill! I am a hunter that uses dogs, I am a pet owner and I am a member of a community that is rural, where pets and livestock get in the road at times. I want to be able to keep my animals from getting killed in the road and help others who may have a pet, hunting companion or livestock that has possibly gotten in a road. I want to be able to help without worrying that I may receive a ticket. As hunters that use dogs, the majority of us spend thousands of dollars to monitor the locations of our dogs so that they will not get killed in a road. We want to be able to stop and gather our animals safely. Many times I have stopped in a road to get another persons pet or a farmers goats, cows or horses out of a road. I have read in the comments that others have accused hunters of using the road way to hunt from. Some of these accusations are based on the fact that there is a gun in the truck and that it might be loaded. That accusation is just like saying that if I buy beer and put it in my vehicle then I am going to drink and drive. I know that this is not true in most situations, just as having a gun in my vehicle and stopping to catch my dog is not hunting from a road. Most hunters just want to save there hunting companion from being hit by a vehicle. Thank you for your time.

Last Name: Kurashev Locality: Bluemont, VA

I and my family support the bill!!!

Last Name: Bishop Organization: Vbha Locality: Montgomery

I am on the board of the VBHA and I support this bill 100%

Last Name: Thrasher Organization: Virginia Bear Hunters Association Locality: Buchanan

I support this legislation. It addresses a safety concern that simply makes sense.

Last Name: Bumgarner Organization: Private landowners Locality: Richmond city

Please oppose HB2146 This is an absolutely terrible bill to allow members of the deer dog hunting community to use the right of way under the disguise of retrieving a hunting dog. End the right to retrieve, end deer dog hunting and end the trespass by deer dog hunters and their dogs before giving deer dog hunters access to my land at the detriment of the general public trying to safely travel the state highways!

Last Name: Tanner Locality: Mecklenburg

Please pass this bill !!

Last Name: Nicely Organization: Virginia Bear Hunters Association Locality: Alleghany

Mr. Speaker the Virginia Bear Hunters Association , a state wide hunting organization, supports Delegate Miyares' bill Hb2146- companion animals and the public need this bill to promote highway safety.

Last Name: Frazier Locality: Louisa

PLEASE pass HB2146. It is very important to be able to stop on the highway to protect our pets from getting hit by motorist. Thank you, E.J Frazier

Last Name: Hutt Locality: Richmond County

This is just common sense measure!!!! It is imperative that we are able to rescue our animals on the side of the road. Short and sweet : 1st We love our pets 2nd We love our community and want our neighbors to be safe on the roads as well. Sincerely, Ms. Robin Hutt

Last Name: Cook, Reg Organization: Mecklenburg Hunting Dog Alliance Locality: Mecklenburg

This bill would make legal what everybody thinks is legal now but isn’t. Stopping off the pavement but on state property to pick up a dog or whatever other animal , isn’t legal now. Game wardens started last year to ticket folks who were doing that, several such tickets written in Mecklenburg last year. The tickets were written out of deer hunting season so picking up dogs, not deer hunting was the object. Please vote for this bill and make legal what everybody thinks is legal now.

Last Name: Koren Locality: Prince George

I support this bill for the safety of all motorists, hunters and animals.

Last Name: Morris Locality: Nelson

HB2146 will provide benefit to all concerned parties, if passed. Pet owners and dog hunters alike will be better able to focus on the task of retrieving their companions and protecting them from the dangers of being hit in roadways. Also, motorists will be more protected as this will reduce the risk of normal traffic being interrupted by animals crossing the road. I fully support HB2146

Last Name: Miller Organization: VaHDA, Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance and Courthouse Hunt Club, Sussex Co. VA. Locality: Colonial Heights

I support this HB2146.

Last Name: Emswiler Organization: VHDA Locality: Shenandoah

I support this bill please do what you can to help us

Last Name: Miller Organization: Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance Locality: Center Cross

I strongly support this bill and protecting hounds in emergency situations!

Last Name: Arnold Locality: Powhatan

Good day, I support this bill (2146) for the safety of my dogs by the roadways, thank you.

Last Name: preddy Organization: Mecklenburg County Hunting Dog Alliance Locality: mecklenburg

HB 2146, I fully support this bill and what safety it provides to not only hunters, drivers, tourist to our great state of Virginia, but the fact is it will give all of us an opportunity to protect our companions, our pets. We can help prevent the lost pet or the stray animals from being injured. There is a lot of opposition to this bill just like any other. Mostly because it aids in helping in some peoples minds hunters more than the owner of a pet that goes missing that is beside a major roadway or back road that they are trying to protect from being injured. Conservation officers in the past have preyed on hunters trying to retrieve their hounds on public land which were out of the roadway and were only trying to prevent harm not cause any. They were not preventing traffic to continue in the direction of travel only asking they slow down as they are trying to prevent any injury the hounds and the passerby vehicles. To which motorist had no issues, Its no different than a motorist on the shoulder of the road with a vehicle issue (flat tire, engine trouble, etc). We as motorist see that all the time and we have seen hunters trying to retrieve their hunting partners just as well out of the roadway. Hound hunting is dated back to the days of George Washington. It is a sport that many individuals take pride in and love. I've never once heard a hunter say man I cant believe those people are gonna sit in all that traffic for hours just to go to a football game????? Or man sure seems farfetched to just be heading up to the mountains for 2 days to go skiing... We all as Americans enjoy different activities, hobbies sports, etc. and that's been a right that was given to us by our ancestors. That's what makes our Country so unique our diversity. Yes true to any sport there can be bad apples and no one is going to disagree with that. But when you provide anyone with the safety, the correct laws, add that to the pride and passion that hunters hold no matter what way of life they come from. Your end result will always continue to be moving forward not going backwards. We can use these laws to better the relationships with hunters and conservation officers, landowners, general public. The list could go on and on. I take pride and compassion in supporting a sport I grew up loving and continue to love today as I teach my children about hunting and laws and doing things the right way. We continue each day to agree and to disagree but at the end of the day we support the basics of life and continue to respect each other, and move forward as better people today than we were yesterday. Thank you committee for your work on this bill. Respectfully, Cliff Preddy, MCHDA, Mecklenburg Va.

Last Name: Meadows Locality: Farmville, Cumberland County

I am in full support of this bill (HB2146). It would be excellent allowing for the safety of not only people, but animals also! If anyone, not just myself has a dog that has gotten away, or if I decide to stop and try to help a dog and pull over onto the shoulder of the road to avoid traffic, but I am still able to ticketed... I don't feel this is fair to anyone. Allowing people, general public, hunters etc. to pull off the road with out being ticketed can help avoid accidents involving people and/or animals! Please vote in favor of HB2146

Last Name: Stewart Organization: N/A Locality: Sussex County, VA

I do support this bill. Thank you

Last Name: Harrington Organization: Virginia Federation of Dog Clubs and Breeders Locality: Arlington

1-27-21 - Alice Harrington for the Virginia Federation of Dog Clubs and Breeders. We SUPPORT HB 2146. It would seem to be a common sense policy to allow animal owners to safely collect their animals that may have gotten loose due to an accident, slipping a collar during a potty break, an open gate, or any of a variety of circumstances life can present. Please support this bill. Thank you for your consideration.

Last Name: Bart Organization: Snickersville Hounds Locality: Fairfax (Herndon)

The proposed updates provided within HB2146 are significant and useful for the protection of hounds conducting work in their appropriate territories. Passing of this legislation will protect these hard working animals, while also ensuring overall motorist safety. Without passing this bill, both motorists and companion animals are placed at risk, with additional and unnecessary penalties (fines, etc.) facing support staff who are just trying to keep these animals and roadway motorists from coming into contact.

Last Name: Grindle Locality: Middleburg

Hello, I would like to support this bill. I am a supporter of foxhunts. This bill makes it easier for the foxhunts to operate safely, which helps preserve out rural way of life, and I ask that it please be passed. Thank you, Doug Doug Grindle Middleburg VA 20117

Last Name: pearson Organization: Virginia FoxHound Club Locality: Hume

Virginia's 26 Mounted FoxHunts support this Bill. We think it helps protect motorists , hunters ,hounds and road whips. Thank you

Last Name: Davis Organization: Self Locality: Purcellville Loudoun County Virginia

I am writing in regards to Bill 2146 which would authorize parked vehicles in the event of an emergency - which would include to retrieve companion animals. Please pass this bill - I would hate to think that someone would be asked to move their vehicle or cited when they were attempting to assist another driver or most troubling a loose or stray animal in a roadway. A single driver has no ability to retrieve an animal or assist another driver if they can not park on the road. Removing an animal or a stranded driver makes the roadway safer for everyone. Thank You -

Last Name: Balding Roca Organization: Snickersville Hounds Locality: Loudoun County

I support this bill which will especially protect our Road Whippers In, and help keep our country open. This is an important way of life for us, and why we stay in Loudoun County, thank you.

Last Name: Hines Organization: Snickersville Hounds Locality: Lovettsville

As an avid foxhunter I feel that it is very important to keep our roads safe for anyone using them. It is also important to me to preserve the country feel to Loudoun County.

Last Name: Lovegrove Locality: Purcellville

I support this HB2146. It seems self evident to me that a person seeking to recover a companion animal either from the roadway or adjacent area can park on the adjacent unoccupied right of way for that purpose. A stopped vehicle, with flashers and reflectors, is much more likely to be seen by other motorists, and alert them that something is wrong up ahead. A companion animal jumping into the road will not be seen until the last minute, and can cause a terrible accident as the drivers seek to avoid the animal. In this way the stopped vehicle provides a safe alternative to removing the animal from the roadway, and prevent severe accidents.

Last Name: Bills Organization: Snickersville Hounds Locality: Town of Purcellville, County of Loudoun

I am a member of and Honorary Secretary of Snickersville Hounds. It is absolutely integral to the safety of all included in our sport that our Road Whips, and mounted Whipper Ins be allowed to have right of way on a public road. Whether they are there to re-direct the hunting hounds, or catch a loose horse, they are protecting everyone's safety and really, life. They are never in the way purposely trying to wreck someone's sunday drive, they have a significant purpose of safety! thank you Katrina Bills

Last Name: Smithwick Organization: Snickersville Hounds Locality: Loudoun

I ask that you pass HB2146 in order to provide a safer environment for Road Whips. These folks are merely attempting to prevent injury to hounds and to other vehicles, whether they are attempting to stop hounds from crossing the road or retrieving hounds. I have witnessed too many instances where I have been worried for the safety of hounds and people: people yelling at Road Whips to get out of the way , using foul language and threats. None of us out Foxhunting want to see hounds injured or killed on the road nor do we want to see vehicles damaged from hitting one of our hounds. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

Last Name: Curtis Organization: Everyone Locality: Bethlehem Road, Caroline county

Please tell delegate Miyares, if he is hard up for money, we can beat the 2k he got from the dog hunting clubs for submitting this bill. We know how it is to be surrounded by hunters up and down the roads for 8 weeks of the deer and dog season and are sick and tired of it. I bet he dosen't have to spend Christmas week and the New Year worried about getting a load of buckshot put through his windshield. How many of you have seen a whole bunch of hunters standing and parking in your driveways and roadsides shooting deer? It's because of lazy law enforcement officers, and corruption in the department of game that we have to put up with this crap. Our property values have been destroyed by dog hunters, and you can't even try to sell a piece of land in this area unless you wait until hunting season is over. It's truly disgusting and everyone is sick of it. If it's money that motivates this board, then name your price. Our families who want to drive on the road without being shot in the head, will pay the price. We have all been talking about becoming more active in politics, just like the dog hunters do. They bring people from all over the state and outside of the state to hunt on our lands and roads. They run clubs that take in thousands of dollars to join, pay thousands of dollars to out of town landowners, and don't pay one dime in taxes or write one 1099 to a landowner. It is the biggest organized crime spree to ever take advantage of the IRS and the State of Virginia revenue dept. They use public roads and private land to get rich off of, and never pay a dam dime in taxes. Don't let anyone fool you. Look at the Game dept handbook and they brag about all of the revenue generated by dog hunter and clubs. They make so much they are able to pay for this bill and other legislation that take the rights of citizens from us all. Ask them to pay taxes, register as charitable or taxable entities like all others who run a business, and then we can talk about giving them our highways. This bill is a damn joke!

Last Name: Lynch Organization: Myself, friends and neighbors Locality: Caret, Va. 22436

This bill, as offered by Delegate Miyares, is deliberately misleading. I',m just "Catching my dog", are the first words out of any hound hunter who is illegally hunting on Virginia's roadsides. The hunters who park on the roadside to protect, catch, or corral their dogs, have loaded shotguns on the front seat, ready to shoot. They also employ sophisticated methods of warning each other when law enforcement or Conservation Police Officers are in the locale. Citizen band radios, walkie talkies, and cell phones, all are employed to warn caravans of 20-30 trucks as to when it is safe to shoot across the highway, or when they should place their weapon back on the front seat before a police officer approaches. In most counties, hunters are free to stand in the roadways and right of ways with loaded weapons. It only becomes illegal, when the weapon is discharged. Landowners are under the impression that this bill was submitted by a delegate who takes PAC money from the dog hunting clubs, and has submitted this bill to legalize the sport of road hunting. Citizens are concerned the intent of this bill, is to make the policing of criminal activity more difficult for the police officers, and protect the unlawful hunting in the road which is so crucial to the success of hound hunting. Before voting on this bill, please contact local Conservation Officers, and ask them how the roadside hunting game is played! If hunters are concerned for the safety of their hounds, you should ask why they release dogs on the roadside, or why they choose to hunt so closely to busy roads and highways. Why not hunt on large parcels, away from roads. Problems with this bill include: This bill does not limit the number of vehicles that can be assigned to "catch" roaming hounds. May twenty, thirty, or a hundred vehicles be used to "catch" a hound? This bill does not require that guns are absent, before using the vehicle for the purpose of "catching" a hound. This bill does not stop someone from having a loaded gun in his hand while catching his hound on foot. ( Hunters standing in the roadside with a loaded gun, are usually the people who shoot moving deer in front of the hounds.) This bill does not require the hunter to have permission of the landowner, before carrying weapons in front of their homes and property, while in their vehicle or on foot. This bill allows "selective enforcement" of VDOT regulations, with regard to "Organized events on Virginia's roadways. It places Hound Hunters in a elevated status over other groups, and civic organizations. Before voting on this bill, realize that electronic collars are readily available to track (with GPS), and deter hounds from crossing roadways. Hunters know this, and the general public does as well. To pretend that this is an emergency care bill for hounds, is a joke. This bill will make roadside hunting legal, and cause more accidents like this one. please follow this link before voting. https://www.thehuntingnews.com/freak-hunting-accident-leaves-deputy-in-hospital/ If one trained police officer can shoot another officer in the head with buckshot, what chance does a busload of school children have, when other children are lining the roadsides of Virginia with loaded weapons.

Last Name: Felts Locality: Amelia

I fully support each of these and hope you will as well

Last Name: Cayce Organization: Snickersville Hounds Locality: Clarke

Dear Committee Members, I have been a fox chasing Whipper In for decades. I have been a Road Whip, for a large number of those years. My sole responsibility, is to attempt to intercept and to prevent, our foxhounds from crossing dangerous roads in their pursuit of game. And, to consequently prevent them from either getting killed on the road ways, or creating an accident or incident in an encounter with a motorist. I carry state of the art GPS technology with me, so that I can track the path that my hounds are taking, and get in a position and place to attempt to intercept them safely. When I find myself on roadways of any kind or size, I always run with headlights and flashers, so that I am extremely visible to any other traffic. I always, pull off as far as the shoulder or field will allow, so as to not impede traffic, but also to allow me to have room to gather our hounds, and load them safely into our hound transport truck. We have two people on duty in our truck, so that when we need to stop and gather hounds, we can do it as quickly , efficiently and safely as possible. Since our hunt country roads, seemed to be used more and more by people cutting thru our environment in route to other localities, I have noticed a dramatic upswing of frightening encounters with motorists! In the past, people always seemed helpful. They would slow down or wait, put their flashers on to help alert others, stop and offer assistance, or at the very least, give us a wide and slow margin when passing. In the past three years alone, the behavior I have been subjected too, has become increasingly menacing, threatening and aggressive! I have been verbally abused, and verbally threatened. I’ve had people speed up, and people swerve towards me and our hounds. I’ve had people lean on their horns , seemingly trying to scatter our gathered pack , while we are in the process of loading them in our truck. The speeds which with these types of individuals blow by me, is most often not anywhere near what is the posted limit. What appears to be premeditated and intentional acts, of endangering us on the roadways with motorized vehicles, is no longer the isolated incident, but the everyday norm. I would personally appreciate any form of protection that you might afford, to those of us that are trying to make a safe retrieval of our animals. Not only for their sakes, but for anyone else on the roadways. Thank you!

Last Name: Porter Organization: N/A Locality: West Point

This bill will essentially allow hound hunters to line up along state roads to hunt (retrieving hounds is an extension of the hunt). This bill focuses on protecting hounds running at large instead of protecting passengers in autos driving on state roads. This bill places a higher value of a hound's life above the value of passengers lives. Hounds in the road is not an emergency if the hunter creates the emergency by allowing their hounds to run at large. The irony is that this bill actually creates a real emergency to drivers on state roads. Who's lives are more important? A hound or a person? This bill does not address the issue. Apply some problem solving and identify the issue. The issue is not the drivers driving along a state road, so why are you considering a bill that address the drivers as the issue? Hunters currently stand in the road to block traffic so their hounds can cross the road to continue the chase. This is the problem and presents a hazzard to both the hunter and the drivers. Hunters are not law enforcement or EMS and should not be allowed to stop traffic on a state road. Identify the real problem and solve the real problem.

Last Name: John Lynch Organization: Self Locality: Caret, Virginia

This bill is about turning state and county roadsides, into public hunting zones. Currently, deer/dog hunters turn dogs loose on "postage stamp" size lots, and run their dogs across properties they do not have permission to hunt on. Once the dogs cross private property, caravans of twenty to thirty trucks, blast deer on and in the roadsides of public highways. Six years ago, an off duty Essex County deputy shot another deputy in the head with buck shot while hunting on the roadside. What kind of a Moron would even consider passing this bill? There are a limited number of conservation officers, and there is no possibility of policing road side shootouts. VDOT requires school marching bands, civic groups and any other number of public entities to apply for permits to hold "organized events" on the highways of Virginia. None of these events have the potential for the loss of innocent life, like the spreading of 30 or more hunters with shotguns along the roadside, waiting for passing deer. The pathetic excuse of saving the life of their dogs can easily be debunked. If you really care about your dogs, control them, train them, or keep them safely away from highways before turning them loose. In most Virginia counties, you can stand in the roadways with a loaded hunting weapon, and there is no criminal violation. Children as young as 12 years of age to hunt on the roadsides with their companions. No age limit to hunt on the roadside, no permit required. If the same children picked up musical instruments with their school band and tried to march on the roadside, they would be given a fine, and required to appear in Court. We require parents to lock firearms away from children in the home, but allow the same children to wield dangerous weapons on the roadside. If passed, this asinine bill will make all members of the Virginia General Assembly, the laughing stock of the entire United States.

HB2262 - Bicycles; permits operators to treat a stop sign as a yield sign in certain situations.
Last Name: Lowe Locality: Ruschlikon

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Last Name: williams Organization: Myself and RABA Locality: Richmond

Briefly: Name is Julien Williams age 73; have been a cyclist since age 49 Experience: Bike ride with son from RVA to Toronto Canada 25 yr ago Cycled 200 miles on the Camino de Santiago 2 years ago with a group 5 day cycling trip in Loire Valley of France 25 yrs ago Down and back on Va Cap Trail to Jamestown at least 3 times averaging +/- 800 miles per year for the past 5-10 years I like the cyclist being able to treat a stop sign as a yield sign in certain circumstances I like being able to ride side by side as described Please continue with open ears and eyes for excellent cycling suggestions Thank you for your help. JW( 804 339 4501)

Last Name: Laura Bateman Organization: CIty of Richmond CIty Council Locality: City of Richmond

The City of Richmond City Council supports Del. Hurst's HB 2262 as it reflects a position in the City's 2021 General Assembly Legislative Program - Bicycle Traffic Requirements –The City requests that cities and towns be authorized to permit bicyclists to treat a stop sign as a yield sign and a red-light traffic signal as a stop sign on highways maintained by the locality

Last Name: Ayers Locality: Henrico

My name is Nathan Ayers. I have been an avid cyclist for 28 years. I am 43 years old and started really getting into "riding bikes" when I was 15. I have been a police officer for 21 years and I am also cycling coach for Peaks Coaching Group, based out of Bedford, VA. On October 19, 2008 I was struck from behind by an elderly motorist in Madison County, VA. I suffered some very serious injuries because of this incident; including breaking several lumbar vertebrae (L3, L4, and L5), several ribs, nerve damage in my left leg, and a TBI (concussion) that left me with no memory of the moments before the impact, the collision itself, or several minutes after it occurred. According to witnesses, I had stopped breathing momentarily before I started to make a wheezing, gurgling, raspy noise that sounded like I was trying to breathe. As someone who's been a police officer for 21 years, I've watched many people die in front of me over my career. That breathing "noise" the witnesses described sounds like the "death rattle", a sound that people make when they are struggling to breathe and near death. Luckily I am still here, and I am still able to continue to work, although I am plagued by constant low back pain on a daily basis. After the crash, I was out of work completely for 5 months and on strict bed rest. Then I was required to work in a light duty capacity (desk bound, in a shirt and tie) for another 7 months. I returned to full-duty 51 weeks after I was struck while riding my bike, but, admittedly, I returned too soon. I should have spent at least another 6 months rehabbing my injuries. Today, I still suffer from chronic low back pain which makes doing my job challenging most days, and almost impossible to do on the worst days. I've become very good at dealing with pain and just living with it. I also have numerous lingering issues from the TBI, which include: memory problems, insomnia, occasional vertigo, aphasia, migraine headaches, tinnitus, and lots of trouble focusing and paying attention. My neurologist prescribed a 3-Tesla Neuroquant MRI to be done on my brain in October 2011. It found rather significant atrophy of my right hemisphere, atrophy in at least one hippocampus (where short term memory is converted to long term memory), and there were numerous white spots all throughout my brain. My neurologist stated that he had never seen anyone with those white spots that did not have Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, or dementia. Now for the good news! I have found that regular exercise helps mitigate my concussion symptoms. Many of them have improved quite a bit since I started riding my bike again in 2012. The biggest issues that remain are the memory and attention problems, as well as regular migraines. But all of those have improved. The back pain will always be an issue though. I was one of the 700-850 that is injured on a Virginia road annually. Sometimes I feel like too much attention is paid to the 12-15 cyclists that lose their lives. But what about the people like me that have to live with a lifetime of injuries and pain due to the careless, reckless, or impatient actions of a motorist that doesn't want to give cyclists enough room when passing? I still get fearful before going for a bike ride, even though it's been over 12 years since I was struck. Anything that can help make the roads safer for cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists is a welcome change!

Last Name: Fulton Locality: Caroline

HB 2146, Parked cars in VDOT right-of-ways appears to be a common sense, innocuous bill designed for the public to be able to stop on a VDOT right-of-way and save a cat or dog in danger of being hit by a vehicle. Unfortunately, I must point out the background and real purpose and impact of the legislation. Of course, the general public are not receiving tickets for saving an animal in danger, but who are receiving a few tickets based on current Virginia Code are deer dog hunting clubs hunting on highway road shoulders. HB 2146 is designed to make it legal for these clubs to park on the VDOT road shoulders waiting for the deer dogs to run deer to these roads so they may shoot them. The danger this common practice of lining public roads with hunters waiting for the hounds to run the deer to them is already extreme. Drivers going 60 mph suddenly come upon parked vehicles, hunters with weapons spread along the road, not to mention the deer and dogs that end up in the travel lanes. The bills sponsor, Delegate Miyares, received a $2000 contribution from the deer dog hunting lobby this past November. The deer dog lobby supports this dangerous bill. I have attacked a video taken December 30, 2020 in Essex County showing deer dog hunters using the right-of-way to hunt, a very common and illegal practice under current Code. HB 2146 would make it legal for all dog hunters to line the highways waiting to "catch their companion animals.” Respectfully, Ben Fulton, Federal Wildlife Biologist - Retired Caroline, VA

Last Name: Nicholls Locality: Chespeake

People drive like manias in Hampton Roads. We had someone who put tacks down to flatten bicyclists tires because of the way they act. The road is for vehicles not bicyclists.

Last Name: Felts Locality: Amelia

I fully support each of these and hope you will as well

Last Name: Nicholls Locality: Chesapeake

The Honorable Delegate is not from Hampton Roads, which has a much bigger problem with fewer roads, speeding, and no bicycle lanes. In Norfolk, where one lane was taken over in the Ghent area, leaving drivers with one lane, you have traffic backups but rarely do you see bicyclists in the lanes. In Va. Beach in the rural areas, we've had someone put tacks down to puncture bicycleists tires, because of the problems of riding multiple abreast riders who backed up traffic for a long way, rather than single filing and allowing the faster traffic to pass. This behavior causes folks to drive too close to those on bicycles. Its not safe. Nor would a bike that goes out when they are having to pass cars.

Last Name: Gillenwater Organization: The Piedmont Environmental Council Locality: Charlottesville

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) supports HB 2262. Cyclists being overtaken by motorists is the most common cause of bicyclist fatalities. By mandating sufficient passing space, this legislation will help to save lives. Moreover, allowing two riders to ride abreast makes them more visible, shortens the passing distance, and allows the riders to keep better tabs on one another, which is especially important for a parent with a child. The safer and more appealing cycling experience that this bill will help create will likely result in more people choosing to cycle more miles, bringing with it health, economic, and environmental benefits that have also been well established. This legislation is the type of enhancement that would improve cycling and could be rapidly implemented. PEC believes that this legislation will help to make cycling more efficient, safer, and more appealing, resulting in more people cycling, yielding economic, health and environmental benefits.

Last Name: Flynn Locality: New Kent

I support the bill, but think striking lines 46-49 will be a mistake, harmful to cyclists. I ride bikes on roads, 2-3,000 miles annually. In the country, motorists will become enraged if cyclists continue two-abreast on a narrow road like most where I live, because it makes overtaking difficult. Over time, the resentment will lead to confrontations - 4000lb truck v. 170 pound cyclist. Current law is a better balance. Lines 23-27 are a good addition. When I am clipped into the pedals - all the time - it is safer to slow as I approach the intersection, look for traffic, then continue, than it is to stop, then have to get clipped back into the pedals. This change will enhance safety.

HB2284 - Driving privileges, certain; Commissioner of DMV to reinstate privileges and waive fees.
Last Name: Lowe Locality: Ruschlikon

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Last Name: Fulton Locality: Caroline

HB 2146, Parked cars in VDOT right-of-ways appears to be a common sense, innocuous bill designed for the public to be able to stop on a VDOT right-of-way and save a cat or dog in danger of being hit by a vehicle. Unfortunately, I must point out the background and real purpose and impact of the legislation. Of course, the general public are not receiving tickets for saving an animal in danger, but who are receiving a few tickets based on current Virginia Code are deer dog hunting clubs hunting on highway road shoulders. HB 2146 is designed to make it legal for these clubs to park on the VDOT road shoulders waiting for the deer dogs to run deer to these roads so they may shoot them. The danger this common practice of lining public roads with hunters waiting for the hounds to run the deer to them is already extreme. Drivers going 60 mph suddenly come upon parked vehicles, hunters with weapons spread along the road, not to mention the deer and dogs that end up in the travel lanes. The bills sponsor, Delegate Miyares, received a $2000 contribution from the deer dog hunting lobby this past November. The deer dog lobby supports this dangerous bill. I have attacked a video taken December 30, 2020 in Essex County showing deer dog hunters using the right-of-way to hunt, a very common and illegal practice under current Code. HB 2146 would make it legal for all dog hunters to line the highways waiting to "catch their companion animals.” Respectfully, Ben Fulton, Federal Wildlife Biologist - Retired Caroline, VA

Last Name: Felts Locality: Amelia

I fully support each of these and hope you will as well

HB2318 - Test driving vehicles; residence districts, civil penalty.
Last Name: Lowe Locality: Ruschlikon

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Last Name: Fulton Locality: Caroline

HB 2146, Parked cars in VDOT right-of-ways appears to be a common sense, innocuous bill designed for the public to be able to stop on a VDOT right-of-way and save a cat or dog in danger of being hit by a vehicle. Unfortunately, I must point out the background and real purpose and impact of the legislation. Of course, the general public are not receiving tickets for saving an animal in danger, but who are receiving a few tickets based on current Virginia Code are deer dog hunting clubs hunting on highway road shoulders. HB 2146 is designed to make it legal for these clubs to park on the VDOT road shoulders waiting for the deer dogs to run deer to these roads so they may shoot them. The danger this common practice of lining public roads with hunters waiting for the hounds to run the deer to them is already extreme. Drivers going 60 mph suddenly come upon parked vehicles, hunters with weapons spread along the road, not to mention the deer and dogs that end up in the travel lanes. The bills sponsor, Delegate Miyares, received a $2000 contribution from the deer dog hunting lobby this past November. The deer dog lobby supports this dangerous bill. I have attacked a video taken December 30, 2020 in Essex County showing deer dog hunters using the right-of-way to hunt, a very common and illegal practice under current Code. HB 2146 would make it legal for all dog hunters to line the highways waiting to "catch their companion animals.” Respectfully, Ben Fulton, Federal Wildlife Biologist - Retired Caroline, VA

Last Name: Felts Locality: Amelia

I fully support each of these and hope you will as well

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