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Democrats Promote a Bill to Protect Kittens in Research Experiments

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WASHINGTON – Democrats are facing harsh criticism for supporting a bill to protect kittens from being harmed in research experiments. A pro-life leader has raised his voice against House and Senate Democrats for opposing a bill regarding the protection of human babies and promoting a bill to ensure a safe life for kittens. Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now Act was introduced by Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat, to end experiments within the US Agricultural department to kill kittens. USDA has killed around 3,000 kittens since 1982 for its research projects after breeding and euthanizing them.

According to Merkley, by following The KITTEN Act, it would be possible to save the lives of innocent animals and they could be adopted by families to give them a better life. People use ways to kitten proof a room in order to ensure high safety for kittens. But in the US laboratories, kittens are killed to use them for experimentation.

However, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council has criticized him for voting in favor of human infanticide bill (known as Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act) a few days back. He said that it is a ridiculous step to save kittens instead of crying newborns and called it one of the sickest ironies one could ever imagine.

Perkins attributed the DNC’s strategies as “shameless” and said that he could not digest the decision of Democrats to save cats over kids. Sen. Cory Booker, Presidential candidate, is also supporting Kittens Act after opposing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Apart from the Democrats, The Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now Act has also got Republicans supporters and GOP Rep. Brian Mast of Florida is one such personality among them.

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Reckless Driving in the State of Virginia

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The state of Virginia is strict in its enforcement of laws against reckless driving. According to section 46.2-852 of the Virginia Code, reckless driving is listed as a criminal offense. In addition, the Virginia Code categorizes all driving that endangers the life and property of others as reckless.

Several behaviors that motorists exhibit while behind the wheels can qualify as reckless driving in Virginia. “Reckless driving causes nearly a third of all deaths involving major car accidents, which are more than 13,000 each year,” explains attorney Karin Riley Porter. As a result, you can be charged by an officer and can be found guilty or not guilty by a judge.

Types of Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is in different forms and includes:

1. Driving a vehicle with a mechanical fault

Va. Code § 46.2-853 considers driving a vehicle with faulty brakes as a reckless driving offense. Therefore, if a driver cannot maintain proper vehicle control, the driver will be held liable for reckless driving. However, if a driver could prove that they didn’t have prior knowledge that the vehicle was faulty, it would be possible to avoid conviction.

2. Not giving out the right signals when required

Not giving out a signal while driving on Virginia road is an offense under section 46.2-860 of the Virginia Code. Motorists are required to start signaling 50 feet away from the place they would be turning where the speed limit is not above 35 mph. In situations where the speed limit is above 35 mph, drivers are required to signal 100 feet away from where they would take a turn.

3. Driving alongside another vehicle on a single lane road

In Virginia, driving two vehicles abreast on a one-lane road is considered a reckless driving offense. This rule, however, only applies to vehicles and has no implications on motorcycles and bikes. If found liable, the offender will face charges.

4. Overspeeding

Different Virginia roads are subject to variable speed limits. A driver can face charges for reckless driving if they exceed the speed limit specified by law on each road network. According to the Va. Code §46.2-862, a driver can face convictions for reckless driving if they exceed the specified speed limit by 20 mph or drive above 80 mph.

5. Driving with an impaired view

Some drivers overload their cars or carry passengers who prevent them from seeing all sides of the road. Overloading is most common in trucks. If the passenger’s sitting position in any way obstructs the driver’s view, then the driver can be charged for reckless driving.

6. Racing on Public Property

Section 46.2-865 of the Virginia Code considers car racing on any property that is open to the members of the public without authorization as reckless driving. If found guilty, the state can withdraw the license of the driver for up to six months.

Penalties for Reckless Driving in Virginia

A reckless driving conviction may attract different penalties to the offender, some of which may include:

  • A suspension of the driver’s license for six months or more
  • Up to one-year jail term
  • Fine amounting to $2,500
  • Increase in auto insurance
  • Ineligibility for car rentals
  • Possibility of permanent seizure of vehicle if found guilty of unauthorized car racing

Conclusion

Reckless driving is a severe offense in Virginia. If you are charged with the crime and convicted, it can stay in your driving records for up to 11 years. However, with the help of an experienced Virginia traffic attorney, you can get a lesser charge for the offense.

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