When Driving Two Abreast in a Single Lane Is Reckless Driving in Virginia
Virginia Code §46.2-857 provides that a person is guilty of reckless driving if they drive a motor vehicle and are abreast of another vehicle in a lane designed for one vehicle or drive a motor vehicle to travel abreast another vehicle in a lane designed for only one vehicle. This law provides exceptions when driving abreast of another vehicle would not be considered reckless driving. They include the following:
- The vehicles are two motorcycles driving abreast in a single lane.
- The individual is driving abreast of another vehicle in a validly authorized parade, motorcade, or motorcycle escort.
- The motor vehicle travels in the same lane as a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electrically powered bicycle, or moped.
- The motor vehicle is passing one or more vehicles and moving in the same direction in a separate lane.
Penalties for Driving Two Abreast in a Single Lane
Like other types of reckless driving, driving two abreast in a lane designed for one motor vehicle is a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia. If convicted, you could face these punishments:
- Jail sentence of up to 12 months
- Fine of up to $2,500
- Six demerit points on your driving record
- Suspension of your driver’s license for up to six months
In addition, you would face the long-term consequences of having a permanent criminal record, which could affect your ability to obtain employment, housing, and more.