State Senate Considering Stiffer Penalties for Trespassing

news and advanceThe state Senate is considering stiffer penalties for trespassing on train trestles and bridges. According to the News & Advance, since 1969, there have been at least 13 fatalities locally, on the trestle over the James River between Lynchburg and Amherst County. The two most recent incidents, occurring in November 2011 and November 2014. Senate Bill 1416 would change is from a Class 4, to a Class 2 misdemeanor meaning caught trespassing on a train trestle, bridge, tunnel or railway yard would be punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and jail. The original bill was tabled to sort out a number of issues. It’s set to return to the courts committee today.

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