Several moving violations can arise from a traffic ticket in Virginia. The state defines reckless driving as indifference towards maintaining the safety of ‘life, limb or property’ on the road. The majority of drivers charged were previously in a motor vehicle collision. In either case, an officer will determine whether the driver endangers others and their property through their driving behaviors.
Learning what behaviors are dangerous
Aside from a car accident, a driver may be charged with reckless driving if a police officer witnessed them during a traffic stop. Drivers need to learn the behaviors that could lead to a reckless driving charge:
- Driving in excess of the speed limit. This speed could be 20 mph over the speed limit or 80 or more mph, whatever the limit is.
- Moving at speeds too high for highway conditions. Conditions that require slow and cautious driving should be adhered to.
- Using a vehicle that has faulty or incorrectly adjusted brakes.
- Failure to signal correctly.
- Racing other vehicles.
- Attempting to pass two or more vehicles at once.
- Passing a stopped school bus.
- Endangering people in parking lots or public driveways.
- Passing another car at a highway intersection or at a railway crossing.
Pursuing your options after a charge
A traffic ticket or accident can quickly become a reckless driving charge and is up to the officer’s discretion. A conviction could lead to fines, suspended license and even jail time. A conviction could negatively impact your professional and personal life. Those who need their vehicles for their job could have life-altering consequences from a license suspension. Though the sentences are not defined under Virginia law, that sentencing is up to a judge. Virginia courts take reckless driving very seriously, and it is common for those convicted to receive jail sentences. It is essential that if you receive a charge, you learn how these charges are prosecuted.