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Old 07-30-2014, 05:39 AM
 
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Several years back on 66 I was caught doing 85/65, anything over 80 is reckless driving, I went into the court by myself and there was a lady that came out beforehand to make deals, I asked that my misdemenor be lessen to infraction they agreed as long as I paid the full price of doing 85/65. Simple as that.
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Old 07-30-2014, 08:48 AM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA from Arlington, VA
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You got a better chance if you have a clean record. You can take a safe driving class online and get like 3 or 5 good points from that.

Ignore VRE332 and other who like to pontificate. I'm sure they live perfect lives.

Being from the south, I know you aren't used to Virginia police. When I drive down south, people reguarly go like 80-90 because cops are virtually nonexistent. My sister reguarly did this between Columbia, SC and Atlanta, GA and was never pulled over. Can't do that in VA though, because you will be caught.

Having said that, 55 is the highest speed limit on every single highway in the DC area, so slown down. I usually try to stay under 70 and cops won't care. On the beltway aka the autobahn, maybe 75. You should never go more than 20+ over or 80mph+. Use your cruise control next time.
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Old 07-30-2014, 08:54 AM
 
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If he is from out of state the points arent a problem.
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Old 07-30-2014, 09:19 AM
 
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If he is from out of state the points arent a problem.
Also because this is from six years ago the points would have been removed by now anyway
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Old 07-30-2014, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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well its nice to get such positive and constructive comments on this thread... I feel like maybe i should futher explain and give background....
1. I am a very safe driver.. never been in a car accident and I have only received 1 traffic ticket in the past 8 years.
2. I was driving back from visiting my parents in birmingham, al. So i was on the last 1.5hrs of a 11hr road trip
3. I didnt realize the speed limit on I-66 dropped to 55mph and my foot just got a little heavy ( I guess this has never happened to a Virginian?) and I was driving late at night and the road was pretty empty
4. I am NOT from maryland.... born and raised in ALABAMA

Anyways I thought I might get some constructive advice about how to handle the situation

I guess the southern hospitality does not extend to people from other states if they make a mistake?

Hi OP. About 5 years ago, I received a reckless driving ticket (87 in a 65) in Orange County, VA. I did not have a lawyer and because it was my first (and hopefully last ) offense, I was mandated to one 8-hour driving correctional class. One Saturday out of my life & $75 court costs- it wasn't too bad.

If you were going above 100, I would recommend getting a lawyer but under I don't think it is needed and that is a lot of money. Additionally, please be SURE to bring your driving record with you. In VA, it is on a point system (+5 I believe is the highest). Every year you drive without any charges you get +1. So I made sure to have a copy of my driving record so the court could see I am not a repeat offender.

You don't need others on here to tell you to slow down because you've already learned your lesson I would assume. After getting my reckless driving, I drive like a straight up granny with my hands placed firmly on 10 and 2 lol Good luck!
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Old 07-30-2014, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Hi OP. About 5 years ago, I received a reckless driving ticket (87 in a 65) in Orange County, VA. I did not have a lawyer and because it was my first (and hopefully last ) offense, I was mandated to one 8-hour driving correctional class. One Saturday out of my life & $75 court costs- it wasn't too bad.

If you were going above 100, I would recommend getting a lawyer but under I don't think it is needed and that is a lot of money. Additionally, please be SURE to bring your driving record with you. In VA, it is on a point system (+5 I believe is the highest). Every year you drive without any charges you get +1. So I made sure to have a copy of my driving record so the court could see I am not a repeat offender.

You don't need others on here to tell you to slow down because you've already learned your lesson I would assume. After getting my reckless driving, I drive like a straight up granny with my hands placed firmly on 10 and 2 lol Good luck!
The OP posted in 2008. He should have learned his lesson by now.
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Old 07-30-2014, 02:44 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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I visited the OP in prison yesterday. He's done 5 of his 30-year sentence for reckless driving. He has a new "I Can't Drive 55" tattoo on his face and has joined a gang that deals in contraband Hot Wheels. I gave him a toothbrush and a carton of cigarettes.
Forgot to mention: I also gave him an inflatable Khloe Kardashian doll. Evidently it's very, uh, popular in that environment. Or maybe it's Bruce Jenner; who can tell?

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Old 07-30-2014, 05:07 PM
 
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Does this still apply if the posted speed limit is 70? I always thought reckless driving was 25 over,...guess not in VA. If so, over half the people on I-81 (and 66 west of Gainesville) are driving recklessly.

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46.2-862 . 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.
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Old 07-30-2014, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Does this still apply if the posted speed limit is 70? I always thought reckless driving was 25 over,...guess not in VA. If so, over half the people on I-81 (and 66 west of Gainesville) are driving recklessly.
Yep! That's the law in Virginia.
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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The OP posted in 2008. He should have learned his lesson by now.
Oh whoops! Lol well maybe I've helped a future person w this problem!
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