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Reckless Driving

There are a number of different statutes which address the offense of Reckless Driving.  These are some of the more common ways a person can be charged with Reckless Driving:

  • Exceeding 80 miles per hour (mph) while driving within the boundaries of the Commonwealth;
  • Exceeding the maximum posted speed limit by 20 miles per hour (mph) or more;
  • Driving a vehicle not under proper control;
  • Driving a vehicle with inadequate or improperly adjusted brakes;
  • Driving too fast for the highway or traffic conditions;
  • Passing a stopped yellow school bus with the warning devices signaling the bus is taking on or discharging children, the elderly, or mentally or physically handicapped persons.

Reckless Driving is a Class 1 misdemeanor and includes the possibility of up to 12 months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine plus the possibility of a loss of the driver’s license for the accused.

VIRGINIA CODE: http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacodefull/title46.2/chapter8/article7/

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