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Reckless Driving By Driving Two Vehicles Abreast In A Single Lane In Virginia
Reckless Driving By Driving Two Vehicles Abreast In A Single Lane In Virginia
27 January 2021

Reckless Driving By Driving Two Vehicles Abreast In A Single Lane in Virginia is punished under Virginia Code §46.2-857. That law states:

Va Code §46.2-857. Driving two abreast in a single lane.

A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives any motor vehicle so as to be abreast of another vehicle in a lane designed for one vehicle, or drives any motor vehicle so as to travel abreast of any other vehicle traveling in a lane designed for one vehicle. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit two two wheeled motorcycles from traveling abreast while traveling in a lane designated for one vehicle. In addition, this section shall not apply to (i) any validly authorized parade, motorcade, or motorcycle escort; (ii) a motor vehicle traveling in the same lane of traffic as a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped; nor shall it apply to (iii) any vehicle when lawfully overtaking and passing one or more vehicles traveling in the same direction in a separate lane.

Under this law, the police officer must be able to prove that you drove side-by-side with another vehicle in the same lane when that lane was designed for just one vehicle.

For example, it is considered Reckless Driving By Driving Two Vehicles Abreast In A Single Lane in Virginia if you pass another vehicle without completely leaving your original lane.

By Michael Huff, Esq.