Virginia is known for being a strict state as far as their traffic-related regulations are concerned. With the aim of curbing the increasing rate of accidents due to speeding, the legislation of Virginia has derived strict laws to handle the careless driving attitudes of the drivers in Virginia. If you are charged with a ticket in Virginia for driving carelessly or for over speeding you should immediately get in touch with an experienced Virginia’s driving attorney, who has rich experience of handling these cases within Virginia. The attorney will be able to guide you and help you in mitigating the penalties.
Within Virginia, the careless driving attitude of any driver is dealt with seriously as it is considered a serious issue. The driver showing such attitudes has to pay heavy fines along with court’s fees and demerit points at times. For many serious issues, the license of the driver gets suspended and he might even face imprisonment. Due to such strict punishments for the violation of traffic laws, Virginia is known as the 6th most strict state in The United States. However, the law enforcement authorities claim that this attitude helps them in ensuring the road safety within Virginia.
Although, Virginia treats all the careless acts as reckless driving according to their law 46.5 – 852, however, there are few other laws which specify certain acts of the drivers separately.
As per the Virginia code section, 46.2-852 reckless driving is defined as:
“Irrespective of the maximum speeds permitted by law, any person who drives a vehicle on any highway recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person shall be guilty of reckless driving.”
The elements which can be penalized by the Virginia law enforcement authorities?
There are 14 major elements in the law of Virginia which are punishable by the law specifically:
- Carelessly driving generally (mentioned in Virginia Code 46.2 – 852)
- Over speeding (mentioned in Virginia Code 46.2 – 862)
- Reckless driving in the Parking Lots (mentioned in Virginia Code section 46.2-864)
- Recklessly Passing a stopped school bus (mentioned in Virginia Code section 46.1-859)
- Recklessly Driving a faulty vehicle (mentioned in Virginia Code section 46.2-853)
- Recklessly Driving Next to a vehicle in same Lane (mentioned in Virginia Code section 46.2-857)
- Recklessly crossing a dangerous curve (mentioned in Virginia Code section 46.2-854)
- Recklessly crossing a Railroad Crossing (mentioned in Virginia Code section 46.2-858)
- Speeding on the Highway or ignoring the current traffic Conditions irrespective of the current speed limit (mentioned in Virginia Code section 46.2-861)
- Recklessly Driving an overloaded vehicle (mentioned in Virginia Code section 46.2-855)
- Recklessly Driving and not Yielding correct Way (mentioned in Virginia Code section 46.2-868)
- Recklessly Driving and not giving proper Signal on highway (mentioned in Virginia Code section 46.2-860)
- Recklessly Passing two Vehicles in a single lane (mentioned in Virginia Code section 46.2-856)
Recklessly Driving and not yielding correct Way
As per the Virginia Code section 46.2-868, not yielding the correct way is:
“Every person convicted of reckless driving under the provisions of this article is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Every person convicted of reckless driving under the provisions of this article who, when he committed the offense, (i) was driving without a valid operator’s license due to a suspension or revocation for a moving violation and, (ii) as the sole and proximate result of his reckless driving, caused the death of another, is guilty of a Class 6 felony. The punishment for every person convicted of reckless driving under the provisions of this article who, when he committed the offense, was in violation of § 46.2-1078.1 shall include a mandatory minimum fine of $250.”