Following too closely; driver of a vehicle shall not get closer than is reasonable, etc. (HB1950)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Following too closely.  Includes bicycles, electric personal assistive mobility devices, electric power-assisted bicycles, and mopeds among vehicles that the driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow more closely than is reasonable. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101219D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/11/2013Assigned Transportation sub: #2
01/16/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)
01/22/2013Reported from Transportation with amendment (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2013Read first time
01/25/2013Read second time
01/25/2013Committee amendment agreed to
01/25/2013Passed by for the day
01/28/2013Read second time
01/28/2013Engrossment refused by House


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 8 minutes.


Matthew MIller writes:

It is extremely unnerving to have a large vehicle pass a bike on a road, for both parties. When you add in drivers who like to ride the rear wheel of a bike until they pass you have generated a situation for disaster. If something does happen to the bicylist, be it swerving on a rock/pothole/roadkill, the car has very little space to avoid contact. And the consequences are much more serious than a scratched bumper if you hit a cyclist.

I appreciate this and support it.