ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – It’s now unlawful to spend the night time in your automobile in Roanoke County.
On Tuesday, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors authorised a brand new order prohibiting anybody from sleeping or dwelling in a automobile, even on non-public property.
If you’re caught, you possibly can face a $ 250 high quality.
Nonetheless, the brand new legislation doesn’t apply to the nap. If it’s important to cease for a nap to journey safely, you’ll not be sued.
County officers mentioned that when individuals sleep in automobiles, neighborhoods are badly off, they pose a security drawback and have many well being issues. They added that there has solely been one case just lately.
"No, this isn’t a serious and protracted drawback – simply an occasional drawback that has been dropped at our consideration," mentioned Peter Lubeck, County Deputy Lawyer Common.
The legislation comes into impact instantly.
Roanoke County has despatched WSLS 10 a press release to additional clarify the aim of the brand new legislation:
"The aim of this order is to permit our employees to intervene in severe circumstances the place individuals use their automobile for a very long time as a dormitory, as a substitute of a residence, a resort or every other lodging. Extra importantly, our concern is to: the well being and security of the particular person dwelling in the sort of scenario, particularly throughout the colder months of winter.The applying of the ordinance can be primarily based on complaints, and folks in want will obtain data on sources that may assist them of their scenario.Order doesn’t prohibit brief naps in automobiles. "
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