What is reckless driving in Fairfax, Virginia?
Reckless driving is considered a careless act of a driver, which can cause potential harm to other human beings, animals or public/private property. Considering the harmfulness of reckless driving on the society, Fairfax, Virginia, strictly formulates and implements all the reckless driving laws. A person caught for reckless driving has to face strict prosecutors followed by harsh penalties.
What are the reckless driving laws in Fairfax Virginia?
The Virginia code 46.2 – 852 states reckless driving in general 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.”
According to the law of Fairfax Virginia section, 46.2 – 862, reckless driving by speeding is:
“A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives a motor vehicle on the highways in the Commonwealth (i) at a speed of twenty miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit or (ii) in excess of eighty miles per hour regardless of the applicable maximum speed limit”
Virginia has divided reckless driving acts of a driver into 13 different categories:
- Reckless driving by speeding (cited in Virginia Code 46.2 – 862)
- Reckless driving generally (cited in Virginia Code 46.2 – 852)
- Recklessly driving in the Parking Lots (cited in Virginia Code section 46.2-864)
- Recklessly crossing a hazardous curve (cited in Virginia Code section 46.2-854)
- Recklessly crossing a Railroad Crossing (cited in Virginia Code section 46.2-858)
- Recklessly Driving a damaged vehicle (cited in Virginia Code section 46.2-853)
- Recklessly Driving an overloaded vehicle (cited in Virginia Code section 46.2-855)
- Recklessly Driving and not giving appropriate Signal on highway (cited in Virginia Code section 46.2-860)
- Recklessly Driving and not Yielding right Way (cited in Virginia Code section 46.2-868)
- Recklessly Driving Next to a vehicle in same Lane (cited in Virginia Code section 46.2-857)
- Recklessly Passing a stopped children school bus (cited in Virginia Code section 46.1-859)
- Recklessly Passing two Vehicles in a single lane (cited in Virginia Code section 46.2-856)
- Speeding on the Highway and overlooking the traffic Conditions regardless of the current speed limit (cited in Virginia Code section 46.2-861)
What are the Penalties according to Fairfax Virginia reckless driving law?
- Hefty fines amounting to $2500
- Suspension of the driving License for maximum 6 months
- Imprisonment of maximum 12 months period
- Allotment of Up to 6 Demerit points
- The charged individual has to face Hiked insurance premiums
- Loss of job due to imprisonment or license suspension
- A long-term record of reckless driving in the driving transcript for up to 2 years.
What are the penalties in case of Felony charged are allotted?
Felony charges are much harsh then Class 1 misdemeanor:
- Imprisonment for a maximum period of 5 years
- Hefty Fine up to $2500 along with the court’s fee.
- Suspension of the driving license for 1 year