Understanding reckless driving

Time and again, reckless driving has been classified as a serious crime around the world. In Virginia reckless driving is considered as a criminal offense. Considered as a class 1 misdemeanor in Virgina, reckless driving can end you up with a permanent criminal record; if not dealt with correctly on time.

Wondering what qualifies as reckless driving in Virginia?

A number of risky driving activities can be considered as reckless driving in Virginia.  However, excessive speeding is perhaps one of the greatest factors contributing towards reckless driving, as a simple speeding ticket can easily be charged as reckless driving given the strict driving laws in Virginia.

In Virginia, in particular, exceeding the pre-defined speed limit of a zone by 20 mph or more can be charged as reckless driving. Therefore, speeding beyond 75 mph in a 55 mph zone will also be considered as a serious offense.

Virginia’s code talks about reckless driving:

In Virginia, reckless driving encompasses a diverse variety of offenses and the most shocking part for some drivers is that there are several driving behaviors which can put you under the radar for reckless driving.

There are 14 types of driving behaviors associated with reckless driving which are defined below:

  1. Code §46.2-862(i) & (ii): A driver can be convicted on the basis of reckless driving by going 20 mph over the defined speed limit of the zone or by driving over 80 mph.
  2. Code § 46.2-861: Driving at or below the determined speed can also be considered as reckless driving in the event that the road conditions are unsafe for that speed.
  3. Code § 46.2-852: Driving behavior on a public road that could affect “life, limb, or property” is considered as reckless driving.
  4. Code § 46.2-864: Driving behavior on private property open to the public and on public roads under construction that could affect “life, limb, or property” is considered as reckless driving.
  5. Code §46.2-859: Overtaking or passing a school bus that is flashing signs while it is stopped to unload or load passengers.
  6. Code § 46.2-853: Driving a vehicle that is not well-maintained, out of control or has faulty brakes.
  7. Code § 46.2-855: Obstruction of driver’s front or side view when driving with passengers.
  8. Code § 46.2-854: Overtaking/passing a car on a steep curve, the crest of a hill or when the view of the oncoming traffic is obstructed.
  9. Code §46.2-856: Driving shoulder-to-shoulder, or driving in the oncoming traffic lane on a highway with two or more lanes.
  10. Code § 46.2-857: When two vehicles that are traveling in the same lane and one of the vehicle passes the other without leaving the original lane.
  11. Code § 46.2-858: Passing a vehicle at a railroad crossing or when a pedestrian is crossing.
  12. Code § 46.2-860: Failure to give proper signal when turning, slowing down or stopping.
  13. Code § 46.2-863: Cutting off a vehicle on the highway while entering from a side road without a yield sign.
  14. Code § 46.2-865: Racing other vehicles on private property open to the public or public property.