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TRAFFIC ALERT In Prince George’s County, on the Outer Loop of the Beltway before St. Barnabas Road, traffic gets by on the far left lane.

Va. Senate approves ‘dooring’ bill

WASHINGTON – The Virginia Senate has approved a bill banning drivers from opening a car door without first checking to see if a bike, vehicle or pedestrian is coming.

The Washington Examiner reports the bill largely aims to protect cyclists from “dooring” — when a vehicle door is opened and hits a passing biker.

Violators could receive a traffic citation and $100 fine. The legislation now moves to the House of Delegates, the Examiner says.

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