June 7, 2022

Following Too Closely

How is “following too closely” defined in the state of Virginia?

“The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard to the speed of both vehicles and the traffic on, and conditions of, the highway at the time.” § 46.2-816

The maximum punishment for following too closely is a $250 fine and court costs of approximately $67. The charge is also prepayable for a fine of $30. However, be aware that prepaying is treated as an admission of guilt.

Demerit Points

If convicted of following too closely expect to have 4 demerit points added to your record. See the following:

Following too closely (3 years) 4 points
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