Many Virginians may feel that a traffic offense is little more than an inconvenience, but in fact it can be a lot worse. A traffic offense can stay on a driver's license record for years, and any subsequent offense can lead to much harsher penalties.
Memorial Day weekend is a popular time for travelers in Virginia who may be headed to parties, the beach, parades and other festivities. These travelers may have noticed, however, an increase in police presence on Virginia's streets this past holiday weekend. And, these officers are keeping an eye out for those who commit traffic offenses.
It is truly amazing how far cellphone technology has come. We can now use our cellphones to make phone calls, send text messages and emails, use navigation apps, take photos, play music and more. Of course, using a cellphone while driving can be distracting and can lead to reckless driving and motor vehicle accidents. Therefore, to a certain extent, cellphone use while driving can be considered a traffic offense.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety over 130 communities across the nation have implemented speed camera initiatives and 422 communities across the nation utilize red-light cameras to enforce traffic laws and reduce reckless driving. Virginia has traditionally been slow to implement such technologies, but that may soon change if a certain piece of legislation is signed into law.
It is certainly inconvenient to be pulled over by police for a traffic infraction, but it may not seem like a big deal. Many people in Virginia may assume that if they commit a traffic offense, they will simply pay a fine and be on their way. However, traffic violations can result in long-term issues that affect a person well after the incident occurs.
Being involved in a car accident can be a scary thing. It may be tempting, in the aftermath of a crash, to flee. However, motorists in Virginia who cause a car crash have certain legal responsibilities, and could be criminally charged if they flee, resulting in a hit-and-run crash.
Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest traffic periods of the year in Virginia and nationwide. While most people will abide by the rules of the road, this will not stop police from being on high alert for those they believe are committing traffic offenses, particularly reckless driving. And, reckless driving can encompass actions that motorists may not initially consider to be very serious.