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3 examples of reckless driving

On Behalf of | Jun 4, 2022 | Traffic Offenses

Consequences of traffic law violations in Virginia can be serious and costly. You may have to pay massive fines and could even lose your driving privileges.

Reckless driving is one of the most severe traffic violations. You could have your license suspended, pay a fine of up to $2,500 or spend up to a year in jail. The Code of Virginia describes some behaviors considered reckless driving.

1. Driving with an obstructed view

Your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely depends on your ability to be able to see out the front and the sides. You could face charges of reckless driving if you operate a vehicle with the view obstructed by either a load of cargo or too many passengers.

2. Driving without control of the vehicle

You could face reckless driving charges if you cannot retain proper control of the vehicle. An example of a lack of control is driving a vehicle with faulty brakes.

3. Driving or passing two abreast

It is against the law in Virginia for you to try to pass two vehicles abreast except when you are driving on a highway with at least three lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction. It is also illegal for you to drive abreast of another motor vehicle in a lane only intended for one.

Other examples of reckless behaviors include improper or aggressive driving and excessive speed. You can face reckless driving charges on any road or highway in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Reckless driving in parking lots could also garner a ticket or charges.