Driver of motor vehicle following too closely; includes non-motor vehicles. (HB811)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Following too closely. Includes non-motor vehicles (bicycles, electric 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


01/07/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101534D
01/07/2014Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/10/2014Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #2
02/12/2014Left in Transportation


Jim Duncan writes:

What is a "reasonable" distance? Defined or interpreted by whom?

Waldo Jaquith writes:

"Reasonable" is used in the Code of Virginia 3,485 times. This is a reliance on the "reasonable person" standard, something that exists in all U.S. legal codes. It's relied on when something can't really be codified, such as in this case. It requires that somebody behave a reasonable person would; like all legal matters, that's ultimately determined by a judge. A number ca't be set in this bill because it's a function of speed and weather. 6' is a good distance at 1 MPH, but a terrible distance at 70 MPH. A good distance in heavy snow and ice is different than on a clear day. And so on. Hence, "reasonable."