The university’s crime statistics are complicated because there are several different sets of data. Just days before VCU released its annual campus safety report, which goes to the U.S. Department of Education, the FBI posted crime numbers for the nation’s colleges and universities.
The state is planning to implement two new laws to increase driver safety. One will require motorists to have a wider field of vision, and the other will encourage health-care professionals to report motorists who have medical problems that may impair their driving.
If students can’t see well, they can’t learn well. So Virginia has adopted a new state law to improve student vision screenings. The law will allow schools to partner with nonprofit groups and use digital technology in testing students’ eyesight.
For the second year in a row, the Virginia General Assembly has passed laws to legalize the operation of autonomous vehicles. Beginning July 1st, “electric personal delivery devices” will be allowed to operate on sidewalks and other shared-use paths throughout Virginia.
With the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, safe drinking water is a high priority nationwide, especially for children. Beginning July 1st, schools in Virginia will be required to test their potable water for lead.
CARITAS, a nonprofit that strives to end homelessness, plans to start a long-term recovery program for women in Richmond after the success of its program for men, The Healing Place. The women’s facility is tentatively scheduled to open in late 2017 or early 2018.