Speeding is a common traffic violation with potential serious legal consequences in Virginia. Drivers must adhere to the speed limits on both highways and local roads.
Understanding the state penalties can inform your next steps if you get a speeding citation.
Virginia has a tiered point system for speeding tickets and fines increase depending on how fast you drive over the speed limit. You will likely also be responsible for court fees associated with this type of citation.
Speeding convictions result in demerit points on your driving record. The number of points assigned depends on the severity of the offense.
Accumulating too many points within a specific timeframe can lead to license suspension and/or revocation. The duration of the suspension depends on facts at the time of the offense and your history of traffic violations.
The state can also require you to attend a driver improvement clinic. This program aims to educate drivers about safe driving practices.
Insurance companies view speeding as a risky behavior. A conviction signals an increased likelihood of future accidents. Be prepared for a hike in your insurance costs after a speeding ticket.
Driving at speeds significantly higher than the posted limits (20 or more miles per hour over the limit or above 85 mph) can lead to reckless driving charges. Reckless driving is a criminal offense. A conviction carries severe consequences, including additional fines, longer license suspension and even potential jail time.
So speeding tickets often require a mandatory appearance in traffic court. Missing the court date can result in additional penalties, including a possible bench warrant for your arrest.
A speeding conviction can have indirect consequences on your employment. If you work in delivery or transportation, your employer may suspend or terminate you if you get a serious speeding or reckless driving ticket.
The National Safety Council reports that excessive speed contributed to 29% of fatal accidents in 2021. You can avoid severe legal consequences and make our roads safer by sticking to the speed limit.