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3 types of reckless driving charges in Virginia

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2024 | Reckless Driving

Road accidents are among the leading causes of injury and fatalities worldwide, as a result of many contributing factors. Reckless driving stands out as a major cause of car accidents, accounting for a significant portion of collisions that occur on the roads.

Reckless driving encompasses several traffic violations and dangerous behaviors that significantly increase the risk of accidents and harm to both drivers and pedestrians. Some of the charges that motorists face related to reckless driving in Virginia include the following.

Driving under the influence

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious reckless driving charge that involves operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol to the extent that it impairs your ability to drive safely. In Virginia, DUI is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor. If convicted, you may face severe penalties such as fines, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education or treatment programs and even jail time.


Another reckless driving charge in Virginia is speeding. While speeding itself may seem relatively common, excessive speeding is considered reckless driving and can lead to serious consequences. Exceeding the posted speed limit by a significant margin, typically 20 mph or more over the limit, is considered reckless driving in Virginia. Such high speeds greatly increase the risk of accidents, as they reduce the driver’s reaction time and ability to control the vehicle, especially in adverse weather or road conditions.

Speed exhibition

Engaging in competitive driving or demonstrating speed capabilities on highways or public roads poses a serious threat to public safety. These activities involve high speeds and reckless maneuvers that can lead to catastrophic accidents, injuries and fatalities. Virginia law imposes strict penalties for those caught participating in street racing or speed exhibitions, including hefty fines, license suspension, vehicle impoundment and even imprisonment, particularly for repeat offenders or cases resulting in serious injury or death.

If you’re charged with reckless driving, seeking legal counsel can offer guidance and representation to help you understand your options and potentially reduce the severity of the consequences stemming from your situation.

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