Reckless driving; passing other vehicles at intersections. (HB1895)

Introduced By

Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Reckless driving; passing other vehicles at intersections. Clarifies the language of 46.2-858 which prohibits a person from overtaking or passing another vehicle at certain intersections when a pedestrian is present. The bill does not make any substantive changes to existing law. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100700D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/11/2013Assigned Transportation sub: #2
02/05/2013Left in Transportation


Editor’s Pick
John writes:

Reckless driving comes in many forms, some of which have to be spelled out to make it clear that it is particularly worthy of notice and enforcement. While the definition in 46.2-852 is broad “in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person,” Virginia law also spells out other specific actions, for example, passing a stopped school bus in 46.2-859 or passing on or at the crest of a grade or on a curve when the driver’s view is obstructed in 46.2-854.

This HB1895 draft revises and clarifies the densely written 46.2-858 and updates the language to make it absolutely clear that passing another vehicle is reckless driving when pedestrians are in a crosswalk about to cross in front of a stopped vehicle in a situation with multiple lanes. Since pedestrians or a bicycle rider might be obscured by the stopped vehicle and about to step into the travel lane, the very last thing a passing driver should do is accelerate and pass without making sure no pedestrian is in danger by that action. A child or person on a bicycle, in particular, can’t spring back if someone suddenly accelerates and decides to ignore the crosswalk.