Speeding in Virginia

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, the maximum speed limits are generally discussed in Section 46.2-870 of our codes and statutes. On all interstate highways and all state primary, or four or more laying, highways, the maximum speed limit shall be 55 miles an hour. There are exceptions to this law located in very limited stretches of these types of roadways. Where there are lawfully placed signs, the maximum speed limit permitted may be increased to 60 mi./h, 65 mi./h or as much as 70 mi./h.

At any time a driver is observed to exceed the posted speed limit by any amount, the driver is subject to being pulled over by one of the Commonwealth's finest. In Virginia, simple speeding is a traffic offense, and, generally, the offending driver will be permitted to pay a fine and court costs, without ever attending court. The Virginia Uniform Traffic Summons will indicate whether the driver is permitted to prepay their fines and costs, in advance of their assigned court date. If the offending driver fails to pay the appropriate fine costs in advance of the court date, he or she will generally have 15 days, after the assigned court date, to pay their fine court costs, whether the offender appeared before the court or not. Failure to satisfy the financial responsibilities with the court will result in the driver’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle being suspended by administrative process.  The DMV will receive notice of your non-payment; and, your license will remain suspended, until all fines, costs, and reinstatement expenses are paid in full.

The good driver, who has little or no offenses on his or her driving record, should strongly consider seeking representation of an attorney. A good local attorney should be able to give sound advice and may be knowledgeable about certain strategies, or ways, to achieve successful results in the court. There will be ways to try and protect that good driving record. However, if you are a driver, who has had serious driving offenses or frequent minor traffic offenses, your options will be somewhat limited. Although, a good local attorney may still be able to tailor a good argument about your personal circumstances or provide you with good advice about the potential for technical defenses, especially, when DMV points may become an issue.