VTL 1129 Following Too Closely
Written By: Benjamin Goldman, Esq.
“Following Too Closely” is considered one of the more serious traffic violations. This violation carries 4 points and a
maximum fine of $243. More importantly, your insurance company will see it and will undoubtedly raise your premiums. The
following is the exact wording of the statute:
§ 1129. Following too closely.
(a) The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is
reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the
(b) The driver of any motor truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle when traveling upon a roadway outside of a
business or residence district and which is following another motor truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle
shall, whenever conditions permit, leave sufficient space so that an overtaking vehicle may enter and occupy such space
without danger, except that this shall not prevent a motor truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle from
overtaking and passing any like vehicle or other vehicle.
(c) Motor vehicles being driven upon any roadway outside of a business or residence district in a caravan or motorcade
whether or not towing other vehicles shall be so operated as to allow sufficient space between each such vehicle or
combination of vehicles so as to enable any other vehicle to enter and occupy such space without danger. This provision
shall not apply to funeral processions.
This ticket is often issued subsequent to a traffic accident. The good news is that this type of ticket is easier to
beat than other tickets. If you have a good traffic ticket lawyer in your corner you can be assured you will get a good
result. The Benjamin Goldman Law Office has had success in handling these violations and will be glad to discuss your