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Old 02-14-2016, 06:47 AM
 
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Going 11 miles over the speed limit in Va. may no longer land you in jail - WTOP
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Old 02-14-2016, 10:59 AM
 
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no summary? or comment?
meh


Here it is:
The bill, which passed 26-14, would change the law so a reckless driving charge automatically applies to all drivers clocked going faster than 85 mph on any Virginia road, instead of the existing 80 mph limit.


The bill maintains the existing law that any driver going 20 miles per hour or more over the speed limit is also guilty of reckless driving.


Sen. Bill Carrico, R-Grayson, says changing the law would be reasonable, since the threshold has not been raised since 70 mph speed limits were introduced in 2010.




my comment:
so now going 16mph might land you in jail.
cool since I set my cruise control to +13mph over the speed limit.


and I also did that the one time I went down a stretch of I66 near front royal where the speed limit was 70mph.
I didn't know going 81mph no matter the speed limit= reckless. :shock:
phew, missed a bullet there. lucky no speed traps!




edit:
but I don't understand this part:
The Senate bill has been referred to the Transportation Committee, so its fate could be different.
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Old 02-14-2016, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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It's passed one committee and may never survive in the long run. It failed in the past. There's already a discussion on here regarding this topic.

EDIT: Actually it's on the Virginia section. VA Senate passes bill to raise Reckless Driving limit from 80mph to 85mph
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Old 02-14-2016, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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And I told WTOP their headline was sensationalism. I know of no one who ever went to jail for RD at 11 over. No one.
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Old 02-14-2016, 01:40 PM
 
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And I told WTOP their headline was sensationalism. I know of no one who ever went to jail for RD at 11 over. No one.
Yea but plenty of money has been forked over for local lawyers for years - since you have to appear in court. Almost like a money trap. That is probably the reason for the law to begin with and it feels a bit like the whole state is one big speedtrap town.
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Old 02-14-2016, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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It's passed one committee and may never survive in the long run. It failed in the past. There's already a discussion on here regarding this topic.

EDIT: Actually it's on the Virginia section. VA Senate passes bill to raise Reckless Driving limit from 80mph to 85mph
Yes, there is already a thread and I don't think anyone has EVER gone to jail either.
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Old 02-14-2016, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Queen Creek, AZ
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Now Arizona needs to do the same with its criminal speeding law at 85+ (even in 75 mph zones) and raise it to 95 mph to enable 80 mph speed limits like other Western states are doing.
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Old 02-15-2016, 05:34 AM
 
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I recently got a reckless driving ticket for 82 in a 70 in Pulaski County. When I started getting all the offers in the mail from attorneys it kind of scared me. I ended up just sending the ticket to the county without fighting it, didn't have to go to court and the fine was only $236.
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Old 02-15-2016, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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I recently got a reckless driving ticket for 82 in a 70 in Pulaski County. When I started getting all the offers in the mail from attorneys it kind of scared me. I ended up just sending the ticket to the county without fighting it, didn't have to go to court and the fine was only $236.
But you now have an RD conviction on your record.
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Old 02-15-2016, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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I recently got a reckless driving ticket for 82 in a 70 in Pulaski County. When I started getting all the offers in the mail from attorneys it kind of scared me. I ended up just sending the ticket to the county without fighting it, didn't have to go to court and the fine was only $236.
You really screwed yourself over. VA is one of the last states that you'd want to get caught doing 80mph or more in a 70mph zone due to the strict Reckless Driving laws here (which will soon change, hopefully). That's your first screw up. Your second screw up was not hiring a lawyer to go to court for you to try and get the RD charge dropped (which he probably would had since you were barely over the RD limit). Since you didn't and got convicted of RD, you now have a criminal record since RD is a Class 1 misdemeanor in VA. If you apply for a job that does background checks, especially if that job requires driving for a company, 9 times out of 10 you're not gonna get hired.
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