A Virginia County has banned spending the night in your car, with officials citing health and safety concerns.
The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors approved a new ordinance on Tuesday prohibiting sleeping and living in a car, even on private property. Scofflaws could be fined up to $250.
The law does not extend to drivers who pulled over to nap in order to continue traveling safely.
County officials noted that there had only been one case recently that inspired this pressing piece of legislation.
The consensus among those officials was that “when people sleep in cars, it makes neighborhoods look bad, it’s a safety concern and presents several health issues,” according to NBC affiliate WSLS.
“No, it’s not a major, ongoing problem. Just an occasional issue that has been brought to our attention,” Peter Lubeck, a senior assistant attorney for the county, told the station.
The new law of the land in Roanoke County will sound familiar to people in a number of different states where similar rules are in effect.
According to census data, Roanoke is one of the 25 richest counties in Virginia. Comparatively, in Los Angeles alone, skyrocketing real estate prices have forced over 15,000 people, including full families, to move into their cars, vans and RVs.