Safety and Laws
During your stay in Virginia Beach, the community and the VBISOP Volunteers care about your safety.  Listed below are some key safety points.


Walking Virginia Beach Safely

Know the following pedestrian laws and tips to help protect you:
  • It’s illegal to hitchhike 
  • Pedestrians should cross at intersections when possible – and if they’re crossing outside of an intersection, they must yield the right-of-way to motorists 
Play it safe when crossing. Always stop at the edge of the curb, road or at a point where objects do not block your view of the roadway. Make sure it is clear before proceeding.   Continue to watch for traffic while crossing until you have reached the other side safely. 

Personal Safety - Three Basic Rules:
1.DO Stay Alert. Keep your mind on your surroundings, who is in front of you and who is behind you.
2.DO Stand Tall. Walk purposefully and make quick eye contact with people around you.
3.DO Trust Your Instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave.

Use these basic rules at home, in your car, in public places, on the street, and while using public transportation to make for a safe summer in Virginia Beach!

For more information on this or any other safety topics, contact:

VIRGINIA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT
Crime Prevention Unit
Municipal Center
2509 Princess Anne Road, Building 15
Virginia Beach VA 23456
Phone: (757) 385-1006 | Fax: (757) 385-1064
Web Site: www.VBgov.com

Virginia State and Local Law…                           

As a Work & Travel USA participant, you must take care to respect state laws and U.S. laws while visiting. Make sure that you are aware of local rules and regulations and read any signs posted in public areas.   Respect the local residents, authorities, and especially the Police and do not be afraid to ask for help. If you do get into trouble, please contact your sponsor immediately. Your sponsor will try to advise and help you; however, you are obliged to take responsibility for any crimes or violations which you commit. Your sponsor can verify that you are on the program, and can advise you on a course of action, but in some cases there are limits to the help the sponsor can offer.

Regarding Alcohol
1.It is unlawful for any person under the age of 21 to have any alcoholic beverage in their possession or consume or to be found to have consumed alcoholic beverages. 
2.It is unlawful to be drunk in public. No person shall be drunk or under the influence of alcoholic beverages and or disorderly in a public place within the city. 
3.Open containers of alcohol are not permitted. No person shall drink or possess open containers of alcohol in any public place, public street, boardwalk, beach or in a vehicle on a public street.

Regarding the Beaches and Boardwalk
1.It is unlawful to sleep in public between 8:00 p.m. to 
8:00 a.m. to include public places, parks, boardwalk and beaches. 
2.Alcohol and glass containers are not permitted on the beach. 
3.Fires are not permitted on the beach. 


Regarding Noise
1.Loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise is unlawful to include the following: 
a.No one shall play any television, radio, MP3/CD/tape player, phonograph or musical instrument in such a manner or with such a volume as to annoy or disturb the quiet or comfort of others. 
b.No person shall sound a vehicular horn or other audible signal device except as an emergency warning. 
c.No one should make excessive noise including shouting or crying, which disturbs the peace and quiet of others.

Regarding Trespassing and Destruction of Property
1.Trespassing is not permitted in any way upon the lands, buildings or premises of another without legal authority or justification. 
2.No person shall mischievously or maliciously destroy, deface, injure or cause to be destroyed, defaced or injured any real or personal property belonging to another person. 



Bicycle Safety                        
Many students find bicycles are the most convenient means of transportation around Virginia Beach. Bicycles may be purchased at Target, Kmart, Wal-Mart, Cherie’s Bike & Blade Rentals, Beach Bike Rentals, Bonnie’s Beach Bikes, Conte’s Bicycle, Fitness Equipment, and Boardwalk Bikes. 
Bicycles are considered vehicles and must obey the same rules as motorists.  Virginia Beach Department of Transportation recommends the following:
  • Before you enter any street or intersection, check for traffic by looking left-right-left.  Over 70 percent of car-bicycle crashes occur at driveways or other intersections.
  • Always signal your moves and be courteous to pedestrians and other vehicle operators.
  • Never wear headphones while riding as they impair your ability to hear traffic.
  • Protect your head. Wear a helmet.  Never ride a bicycle without a helmet. Helmets can reduce head injuries by 85 percent.
  • Assure Bicycle Readiness. Make sure your bicycle is adjusted properly and all parts are secure and working well.
  • Always check brakes before riding.
  • Wear clothes that make you more visible and equip your bicycle with a bright light and reflective decals on the bicycle when riding.
  • Avoid biking at night.  If you must, you should ride with reflectors, bright lights, and bright clothing in familiar areas with well lit streets.
  • Stay alert and look for obstacles in your path.  Cross railroad tracks at a 90 degree angle and proceed slowly.  Use special care on bridges.
  • Always ride on the right side in a straight, predictable path.  Go single file in the same direction as other vehicles.
  • Check your wheels before every ride, after any fall, or after transporting your bicycle to make sure that your wheels are securely fastened. 
  • Buy a bike lock.  Keep your bike locked up when not in use.

BIKE SAFE – BIKE SMART
These signals are used by bicyclists to make other 
motorists aware of the bicyclist’s intentions:


INFORMATION PROVIDED BY: The U.S Consumer 
Product Safety Commission, the U.S Department 
of Transportation, and www.VBgov.com.

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EMERGENCY - CALL 911
VB Police Department Non-emergency Phone  (757) 385-5000
Trafficking in Persons and Forced Labor

The U.S. Government is trying to stop a very serious problem - human trafficking. VBISOP supports their endeavor and would like you share vital information 

NO ONE CAN:
  • Force you to work against your will
  • Collect a debt by using threats or forced work
  • Force you to work using threats of harm to your or your family
  • Force or pressure you into sex acts
  • Take away your passport or any IDs to control your movements.

Website:
http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/victim_assistance

Trafficking Victims Brochure 

If you know if people who need help 
call free of charge
1-888-428-7581

or call our local 
FBI, Special Agency
757.455.0100

More Human Trafficking Websites:

U.S. Department of Justice 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of State 

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services