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7 Types of Reckless Driving in Virginia

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Reckless driving is a crime in Virginia that refers to general and specific driving conduct. From a general standpoint, reckless driving occurs when a driver endangers other people or property.

Additionally, Virginia law addresses a number of specific situations that qualify as reckless driving. The following sections will provide an overview of seven types of reckless driving in Virginia.

  1. Lack of Control or Faulty Brakes

Under Code of Virginia 46.2-853, it is unlawful to drive a vehicle without proper control. This section includes cars with faulty brakes. A driver who violates Section 46.2-853 in Virginia may face criminal charges for reckless driving.

  1. Passing at a Crest or Curve

Under Code of Virginia 46.2-854, it is unlawful to pass another vehicle at the crest of a hill or during a curve, when the driver may not be able to see oncoming traffic. A driver who violates Section 46.2-854 in Virginia may face criminal charges for reckless driving.

  1. Obstructed View or Impaired Control

Under Code of Virginia 46.2-855, it is unlawful to drive with an obstructed view or impaired control. Specifically, passengers or cargo should not obstruct the driver’s view or impair the driver’s control of the vehicle. A driver who violates Section 46.2-855 in Virginia may face criminal charges for reckless driving.

  1. Passing Two Vehicles Abreast

Under Code of Virginia 46.2-856, it is unlawful to pass two motor vehicles traveling in the same direction at the same time. Though this section does enable a car to pass two bicycles, mopeds, or similar vehicles at the same time. A driver who violates Section 46.2-856 in Virginia may face criminal charges for reckless driving.

  1. Driving Two Abreast in a Single Lane

Under Code of Virginia 46.2-857, it is unlawful for two motor vehicles to drive next to each other in a single lane. Though this section does not apply to motorcycles, motorcades, and several other exceptions. A driver who violates Section 46.2-857 in Virginia may face criminal charges for reckless driving.

  1. Passing at a Railroad or Intersection

Under Code of Virginia 46.2-858, it is unlawful to pass another vehicle at a railroad crossing or other intersection. Though this section does not apply in certain designated areas. A driver who violates Section 46.2-858 in Virginia may face criminal charges for reckless driving.

  1. Passing a Stopped School Bus

Under Code of Virginia 46.2-859, it is unlawful to pass a stopped school bus that is accepting or discharging passengers. A driver who violates Section 46.2-859 in Virginia may face criminal charges for reckless driving.

Contact Us Today for Professional Help

If you are facing criminal charges for reckless driving in Virginia, it is tremendously useful to contact a trusted criminal defense attorney. The attorneys at Simms Showers LLP , servicing Leesburg, Winchester, Fairfax, and Manassas, have wide-ranging experience with reckless driving charges in Virginia. If you need legal help with criminal defense, contact us today for a free initial consultation.

Resource:

law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title46.2/chapter8/section46.2-853/

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