A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who passes or attempts to pass two other vehicles abreast, moving in the same direction, except on highways having separate roadways of three or more lanes for each direction of travel, or on designated one-way streets or highways. This section shall not apply, however, to a motor vehicle passing two other vehicles when one or both of such other vehicles is a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped; nor shall this section apply to a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped passing two other vehicles.
DEFINITION OF “ABREAST.” –Section 46.2-856 prohibits the passing or overtaking of two vehicles traveling “abreast,” i.e. side by side, unless one of the exceptions applies. See opinion of Attorney General to The Honorable R. Edward Houck, Member, Senate of Virginia, 10-033, 2010 Va. AG LEXIS 30 (5/20/10).