This paper explores the potential impact of vulnerable road user laws as a legal and policy strategy in improving safety for all road users. The paper reviews best practices, research, existing legislation, and information gathered through expert interviews on the development and implementation of VRU laws.

In summary, the effect of enactment of VRU laws on the victims of road traffic crashes would be twofold. The inclusion of judicial proceedings to allow for victim’s testimony, or the testimony of surviving family members, and determine compensation and enhanced penalties would provide much-needed administrative and legal support. Additionally, incorporating an inclusive vulnerable road user definition coupled with an extensive awareness campaign to reach VRUs, drivers, the media, and policymakers would support the safety of VRUs along roadways.

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