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Virginia introduces new laws: moped restrictions, e-cigarette regulation, mental health changes

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(WJLA) - There is a sense of freedom that comes with riding on two wheels instead of four. But starting Tuesday in Virginia, this freedom comes with more restrictions, as scooter and moped owners must now register the vehicles with the DMV.

Vespa rider Ajit Kulkari thinks it will lead to more honest driving, as law enforcement will be able to keep track of the vehicles:

"They can find if you're breaking laws, running red lights. So I think it's a good thing. People will drive safely and be more cognizant of driving rules."

Another new law in the Commonwealth prohibits the sale or possession of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18 years old.

Bob Letende, who coaches basketball at James Madison High in Vienna, is pleased that Virginia is joining other states in taking a stand against what he calls a bad trend:

"I think it'll lead to them probably smoking regular cigarettes, and obviously, it's bad for their health."

Also beginning Tuesday, voters will have to show photo ID at the polls, cyclists will have more room between them and other vehicles, and hunting is now allowed on Sundays.

In addition, following the attempted murder-suicide involving Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds and his son Gus, emergency custody orders for a mentally ill person have been extended from six to 12 hours.

According to officials, his will allow flexibility for the services to have an opportunity to intervene at critical times when people are in crisis.

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