Driving Too Fast in a Blizzard or Thunderstorm Can Be Charged as Reckless Driving
The police pay attention not only to how fast you're driving in absolute terms (say, going 75 mph in a 60 mph zone), but also how fast you're driving in relative terms—that is, compared to other traffic. This may seem like splitting hairs, but it's applicable to circumstances in which driving conditions are extremely hazardous—say, during blizzards or thunderstorms—and this type of speeding may well earn you a citation for reckless driving in Virginia.
Drivers in Virginia Are Required to Pay Attention to Road Conditions
It's an established fact that accidents are more likely to occur when roads are slippery or iced over, or when visibility is low because of mist, heavy rain, or falling snow. In extreme weather conditions, traffic may slow down to the point that an aggressive driver won't even have the opportunity to speed or weave in and out of traffic lanes. The trouble starts when traffic is still moving but is gradually slowing down, and a frustrated motorist starts driving too fast for the prevailing weather conditions.
If the police pull you over for “driving too fast for conditions” in Virginia, you may find yourself subject to a reckless driving charge. A conviction for reckless driving can entail:
- Thousands of dollars in fines
- Possible suspension of your license
- Jail time
- Six points being added to your driving record
Whether you are charged with reckless driving, as opposed to a less serious violation, will depend on the circumstances of your traffic citation in Virginia. If you were caught driving only 5 mph faster than other vehicles on the road, and you weren't weaving aggressively in and out of traffic, you'll probably be ticketed for a lesser offense. But if there have already been numerous accidents on the road and the police decide that you were actively putting other motorists in danger, a reckless driving charge will be more likely.
A Charge of Reckless Driving Demands an Experienced Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with reckless driving in Virginia as a result of your behavior during a blizzard, thunderstorm, or other adverse weather condition, you need to hire an experienced attorney who can present your behavior in the best light (or at least plead down the charge to a less serious traffic offense). The Virginia traffic attorneys at Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman have decades of experience defending drivers against reckless driving charges. Call today at 888-783-9701 for a free consultation.