Duties of drivers approaching stationary vehicles displaying certain warning lights; penalty. (HB1911)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville) with support from co-patron Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Duties of drivers of vehicles approaching stationary vehicles displaying certain warning lights; penalty. Makes a driver's failure to move into a nonadjacent lane on a highway with at least four lanes when approaching a stationary vehicle displaying flashing, blinking, or alternating blue, red, or amber lights, or, if changing lanes would be unreasonable or unsafe, to proceed with due caution and maintain a safe speed, reckless driving, which is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Under current law, a first such offense is a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of not more than $250, and a second such offense is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Amends § 46.2-921.1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


01/04/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Courts of Justice Committee


01/04/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101248D
01/04/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/07/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB1911)


Ut Prosim writes:

Daily evidence exists that law enforcement officials place themselves and others in danger by parking alongside high-speed traffic corridors, exiting their vehicles and requiring citizens to do the same. Plain sight evidence shows that this tactic slows traffic in all lanes, often in both directions of a four-lane highway, restricting the free flow of transportation. Since the behavior is one of the most dangerous choices that a law enforcement officer can consciously make, it is incumbent that a different safety model be employed instead of further criminalizing citizens and businesses transiting public highways. Only under the most adverse conditions, e.g., a traffic accident in which vehicles cannot be immediately moved off the roadway, should government employees exit their vehicles along a high-speed roadway. The law should direct citizens and law enforcement to proceed to the nearest exit before stopping.

Making a traffic or emergency stop on the side of our Nation’s highways is one of the most dangerous things law enforcement officers do in the line of duty.

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