Virginia 46.2-833 May Soon Become Reckless Driving Violation
The Virginia House of Delegates on February 4 approved legislation that would make a rolling right-hand turn on a red light a reckless driving offense.
“Any person who drives a motor vehicle in violation of Section 46.2-833 is guilty of reckless driving,” House Bill 1993 states.
Under current law, Section 46.2-833, as referenced above, makes it an infraction either to turn right without stopping on a red light or to enter an intersection a fraction of a second after the light changes to red. The effect of the bill would be to change the penalty for a California stop into a class one misdemeanor carrying six license points, a fine of up to $2500, up to one year in jail and a six-month driver’s license suspension. US Department of Transportation statistics show that rolling stops rarely cause accidents.
Currently, Virginia Code 46.2-833 states the following and it is only a traffic infraction and a conviction will result in 4 points on your Virginia DMV driving record.
§ 46.2-833. Traffic lights; penalty.
A. Signals by traffic lights shall be as follows:
Steady red indicates that moving traffic shall stop and remain stopped as long as the red signal is shown, except in the direction indicated by a lighted green arrow.
Green indicates the traffic shall move in the direction of the signal and remain in motion as long as the green signal is given, except that such traffic shall yield to other vehicles and pedestrians lawfully within the intersection.
Steady amber indicates that a change is about to be made in the direction of the moving of traffic. When the amber signal is shown, traffic which has not already entered the intersection, including the crosswalks, shall stop if it is not reasonably safe to continue, but traffic which has already entered the intersection shall continue to move until the intersection has been cleared. The amber signal is a warning that the steady red signal is imminent.
Flashing red indicates that traffic shall stop before entering an intersection.
Flashing amber indicates that traffic may proceed through the intersection or past such signal with reasonable care under the circumstances.
B. If the traffic lights controlling an intersection are out of service because of a power failure or other event that prevents the giving of signals by the traffic lights, the drivers of vehicles approaching such an intersection shall proceed as though such intersection were controlled by a stop sign on all approaches. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to: intersections controlled by portable stop signs, intersections with law-enforcement officers or other authorized persons directing traffic, or intersections controlled by traffic lights displaying flashing red or flashing amber lights as provided in subsection A.
C. The driver of any motor vehicle may be detained or arrested for a violation of this section if the detaining law-enforcement officer is in uniform, displays his badge of authority, and (i) has observed the violation or (ii) has received a message by radio or other wireless telecommunication device from another law-enforcement officer who observed the violation. In the case of a person being detained or arrested based on a radio message, the message shall be sent immediately after the violation is observed, and the observing officer shall furnish the license number or other positive identification of the vehicle to the detaining officer.
Violation of any provision of this section shall constitute a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of no more than $350.
Virginia DMV & Points For Speeding
The Virginia DMV will assign points for speeding violations.
- Speeding 1 to 9 over posted speed limit in Virginia - 3 DMV Points
- Speeding 10 to 19 over posted speed limit in Virginia – 4 DMV Points
- Speeding 20 miles over posted speed limit in Virginia – 6 DMV Points
Our Virginia traffic ticket attorneys help clients fight speeding tickets in Virginia.
If you are facing a reckless driving ticket in Virginia and you have other moving violations on your driving record including other reckless driving or speeding tickets, you should seek the services of a skilled Virginia traffic attorney.
A skilled Virginia traffic lawyer may be able to help you avoid a negative administrative action by the DMV by possibly having the reckless driving or speeding ticket dismissed, reduced to a lesser offense or reduced to a non moving violation. Also, if you have other traffic offenses such a reckless driving or speeding and/or a negative point rating on your Virginia DMV record, you may be sentenced more harshly than a person with positive ratings.
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How many points will the Virginia DMV place on my Virginia Driving Record for a Virginia reckless driving conviction?
The Virginia DMV will place six DMV points on your license. The list below shows how long the following reckless driving convictions will stay on your DMV record in Virginia:
Reckless Driving (Felony or Misdemeanor)
Speeding in excess of 80 mph (11 years)
Speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit (11 years)
racing (11 years)
Passing or overtaking an emergency vehicle (11 years)
Passing a school bus (11 years)
Passing on the crest of a hill (11 years)
Passing at a railroad crossing (11 years)
Passing two vehicles abreast (11 years)
Driving two vehicles abreast (11 years)
Driving too fast for conditions (11 years)
Failing to give a proper signal (11 years)
Faulty brakes/improper control (11 years)
Driving recklessly on parking lots, etc. (11 years)
Driving with an obstructed view (11 years)
Reckless driving – generally (11 years)
We tell all of our clients that the judge has no direct control over the number of points the Virginia DMV will place on your Virginia Driving Record if you are convicted of a reckless driving charge in Virginia.
The Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is the agency that places points on a person’s driving record for Virginia reckless driving conviction.