If you notice that you speed a lot and you have received tickets in the past for speeding, you may be on the fast track to having your license suspended in Virginia. Whether going faster than the posted speed helps you to feel more productive, is thrilling or is merely a bad habit for you, continual violation of a vital traffic law can undoubtedly affect your driving privileges.
If you have only received one speeding ticket, you will most likely be required to pay a fine. The amount you are asked to pay will vary depending on whether or not you were speeding in a restricted area such as a school zone, how fast you were going and whether or not you were violating any other traffic laws at the same time. You may even be given the option to attend traffic school to reduce the collateral damage that your infraction has on your insurance.
Repeat offenses, however, will remain on your driving record and are recorded on a point system. Excessive points against your record can ultimately lead to your license getting suspended. If this happens, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will require you to submit a petition to have your license reinstated. The document, formally known as a "Habitual Offender Restoration" document will be filed and analyzed before you are granted privileges to drive again. This record maintains up to 11 years of your driving history.
The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.