Friday, February 11, 2011

Vulnerable Road User Ordinance Goes Into Effect March 1

The Vulnerable Road User Ordinance was passed on December 7, 2010 and scheduled to take effect March 1, 2011.

This Ordinance is intended to provide protection of Vulnerable Road Users.


Pedestrian, runner, physically disabled person, highway construction/maintenance worker, tow truck operator, utility worker, person on horseback, a person operating equipment other than a motor vehicle, including, but not limited to a bicycle, hand cycle, horse-driven conveyance, or unprotected farm equipment, a worker with legitimate business in or near the road or right-of-way, or stranded motorist or passenger.


An operator of a motor vehicle passing a Vulnerable Road User operating on a highway or street shall:

* Vacate the lane being used by the Vulnerable Road User if two or more lanes exist

* Pass the Vulnerable Road User at a safe distance, three feet if the operator’s vehicle is a passenger car or light truck and six feet if the vehicle is larger than a light truck to include commercial motor vehicles

* Operators of Motor Vehicles making a left turn at an intersection, alley, or private road or driveway shall yield right of way to a Vulnerable Road User

* The operator of a motor vehicle may not overtake a Vulnerable Road User traveling in the same direction and subsequently make a right turn in front of the Vulnerable Road User unless the operator is safely clear of the vulnerable road user

* An operator may not drive a vehicle in a manner that cause intimidation, harassment or threatens a Vulnerable Road User.


It is a defense to prosecution under this section that at the time of the offense the Vulnerable Road User was acting in violation of the law.


The operator of a motor vehicle must create a safe environment for a Vulnerable Road User by giving them space on the road and yielding the right of way.


Fine up to $500

Shoe Drive Helps School and Rescue Mission

Lindsey Williams displays some of the 123 pairs of shoes she collected.

Lindsey Williams' efforts to collect 50 pairs of shoes to benefit the Rescue Mission of El Paso also helped raise money for a new playground for her school, La Fe Preparatory.

Lindsey ended up collecting 123 pairs of shoes and planned to give them all to the Rescue Mission. However, according to her father, after taking her project to school, "there turned out to be a tremendous buzz around campus. Parents were trying the shoes on and having their children try them on as well."

The school principal approached the Williams family and suggested that some of the shoes could be sold for $2 a pair to help raise funds for a new playground. 32 pairs of shoes were sold thus raising $64 for the playground. The remainder of the shoes were taken to the Rescue Mission of El Paso.

Dr. Dave Williams thanked the Newman Park Neighborhood Association for its help. "Our neighborhood should feel proud that we raised enough shoes to benefit two worth organizations," he said. "That is what El Paso is all about."