What Is the Difference Between Speeding and Reckless Driving?

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In Virginia, driving 1 to 19 miles per hour over the speed limit is speeding.  The penalties for this traffic infraction are a fine and the application of negative points on your Virginia driving record:

  • 3 points for driving 1 to 9 miles per hour over the speed limit.
  • 4 points for driving 10 to 19 miles per hour over the speed limit.
  • 6 points for driving 20 or more miles per hour over the speed limit.

Reckless driving is a criminal misdemeanor that occurs when driving 20 miles per hour over the maximum speed limit, driving over 80 miles per hour or, irrespective of the maximum speed limit, driving in a manner that endangers the life, limb or property of any person (including the driver).  Reckless driving carries a maximum punishment of 12 months of incarceration, a $2,500 fine, and a 6-month license suspension.  6 negative points will also be applied to your Virginia driving record.  

In September, 2016, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles added signs along Interstates 95 and 81 to remind drivers of reckless driving laws and penalties.  

When driving this holiday season, keep these regulations in mind.  If you unfortunately receive a citation, contact Melinda VanLowe to discuss an effective defense.