Virginia Lawmakers Consider Raising Reckless Driving Limit

A House of Delegates panel approved legislation 14-5 Tuesday that would raise the threshold of reckless driving from 80 mph to 85 mph.  The bill’s sponsor, said there’s an “illogical juxtaposition” in current law that allows for a driver to be charged with reckless driving for going 11 mph over on an interstate with a limit of 70 mph, but that speeders in residential neighborhoods can go 19 mph over the limit and come away with only a speeding ticket.  Drivers may decide to pre-pay the ticket and not realize that they have plead Guilty to a Class 1 Misdemeanor, only to later discover that they now have a charge on their criminal record.  The opponents of this bill, believe that by raising Reckless Driving to 85 mph, it will encourage drivers to speed.  They may believe that it is okay to go faster, because they will only get a speeding ticket.  The bill was referred to another House committee for consideration. 

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