2006 Code of Virginia § 46.2-880 - Tables of speed and stopping distances

46.2-880. Tables of speed and stopping distances.

All courts shall take notice of the following tables of speed and stoppingdistances of motor vehicles, which shall not raise a presumption, in actionsin which inquiry thereon is pertinent to the issues:


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SPEEDINAVERAGESTOPPINGDISTANCESTOTALSTOPPING
DISTANCES:
TruckBrakesAvgDriverDRIVERAND
Perception-
MilesFeetAutomobileBrakesonReactionTime
PerPerBrakesAllWheels(1.5Seconds)AutomobilesTrucks
HourSecond(InFeet)(InFeet)(InFeet)(InFeet)(InFeet)
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1014.756222728
1522.01114334447
2029.31925446369
2536.73040558595
3044.0435766109123
3551.3587877135155
4058.77610288164190
4566.09612999195228
5073.3119159110229269
5580.7144192121265313
6088.0171229132303361
6595.3201268143344411
70102.7233311154387465
75110.0268357165433522
80117.3305406176481582
85124.7344459187531646
90132.0386514198584712
95139.3430573209639782
100146.7476635220696855

The courts shall further take notice that the above table has beenconstructed, using scientific reasoning, to provide factfinders with anaverage baseline for motor vehicle stopping distances: (1) for a vehicle ingood condition and (2) on a level, dry stretch of highway, free from loosematerial.

Deviations from these circumstances do not negate the usefulness of thetable, but rather call for additional site-specific examination and/orexplanation.

Site-specific research may be utilized under any circumstances.

(Code 1950, 46-212.2; 1956, c. 600; 1958, c. 541, 46.1-195; 1989, c. 727;2001, c. 145; 2003, c. 277.)

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