The Virginia traffic laws identify a number of circumstances that fall under reckless driving. One that is often overlooked by drivers is driving too fast for conditions.
Section 46.2-861 is driving too fast for highway and traffic conditions. The code states, “A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who exceeds a reasonable speed under the circumstances and traffic conditions existing at the time, regardless of any posted speed limit.”
There are a few important points to note in this code. First, you can be charged with reckless driving even if you aren’t speeding. If the roads are icy, flooded or there are other hazards, an officer may determine you are driving too fast for the circumstances, even if you are below the posted speed limit. It’s important to note this isn’t only weather-related. If you are charged with reckless driving section 46.2-861, the officer could feel you are driving too fast for the traffic conditions.
This charge can even appear after a traffic accident, if the police feel you were driving too fast for the circumstances at the time.
Reckless driving convictions are serious, no matter what the circumstance. Penalties can include six points against your license, losing your license, up to $2,500 in fines and even up to a year in jail. If you are facing a reckless driving charge, don’t wait. Get effective legal representation right away so you can have the best possible outcome for your charges.
An experienced defense attorney like Jerrell R. Johnson of JR Law can make all the difference. Even more importantly, Jerrell is a former Virginia Beach police officer and is very familiar with the prosecution used in reckless driving charges. If you (or a loved one) have been charged with reckless driving, don’t wait, call (757) 455-9277 today.