Move over law; drivers to move left when approaching stationary vehicles displaying warning lights. (HB1159)

Introduced By

Del. Glenn Oder (R-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


"Move over" law. Requires drivers to move left on a four lane highway when approaching vehicles displaying flashing blue or red (formerly "emergency") lights.  The offense is punished as a traffic infraction, formerly a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill makes second or subsequent violations Class 1 misdemeanors, and makes any violation that results in a death a Class 6 felony. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101812D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/14/2010Impact statement from VCSC (HB1159)
01/22/2010Assigned Transportation sub: #2
02/10/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/11/2010Reported from Transportation with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2010Committee substitute printed 10105244D-H1
02/12/2010Read first time
02/15/2010Read second time
02/15/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105244D-H1
02/15/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1159H1
02/16/2010Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/16/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/17/2010Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/25/2010Reported from Transportation (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2010Read third time
03/02/2010Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1159ER)
03/10/2010Signed by Speaker
03/11/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB1159ER)
03/12/2010Signed by President
04/08/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 289 (effective 7/1/10)
04/08/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0289)


Thomas Crouch writes:

Leave it a first offense Class 1... we have had too many killed and injured over the years.