Reckless driving; causing death while driving with suspended license, guilty of Class 6 felony. (HB96)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Head (R-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Driving on a suspended or revoked license and causing the death of another person; penalty. Provides that any person who drives a motor vehicle in a reckless manner knowing his driver's license is suspended or revoked and causes an accident that results in the death of another person is guilty of a Class 6 felony. Read the Bill »


02/17/2014: Failed to Pass in Committee


12/13/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100796D
12/13/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
12/26/2013Impact statement from VCSC (HB96)
01/20/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB96)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB96)
01/30/2014Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/31/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (11-Y 0-N)
01/31/2014Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/03/2014Committee substitute printed 14104737D-H1
02/03/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2014Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/2014Impact statement from VCSC (HB96H1)
02/05/2014Reported from Appropriations (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2014Read first time
02/10/2014Read second time
02/10/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104737D-H1
02/10/2014Passed by temporarily
02/10/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB96H1
02/11/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB96H1)
02/11/2014Read third time and passed House (88-Y 11-N)
02/11/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (88-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/17/2014Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 22 minutes.


Dwight, Becky and Skylar writes:

Thank you to Del. Chris Head for filing this bill. We ask for the support to pass this bill. Our family lost a member 18 months ago due to the actions of a driver that had his license suspended. This driver continued to drive for an entire year, was caught and charged serveral times before causing an accident that lead to the death of two people. By law, he was not charged with their deaths but once again charged with driving on a suspended.
Without the passing of this law, Virginia families will never see these illegal driver held accountable for the death of their families and friends.
Our hope is not only seeing this bill passed, but to see stiffer pentalies for drivers that continue to drive after having their license are taken. Maybe, if the driver that caused this accident had been given some jail time after the first or second time he was caught,two families would not still be learning to live without dear people.