New 2017 Traffic Laws
In addition to my profession as a Reckless Driving Lawyer Fairfax VA, I served in the Virginia Legislature and was Chairman of the Committee that writes all the traffic laws. There are some new laws which went into effect on July 1, 2017 in regards to traffic, and I wanted to make sure that everyone is up to date on these issues. The new laws are mainly targeted towards driving violations while on the highway, but one of them allows a possible second chance for those who have committed a minor violation.
Failure to drive on right side of highways or observe traffic lanes; penalties. This law outlines the new fine for failing to drive on the right side of the highway when not passing. Sets the fine for failing to drive on the right side of highways or failing to observe traffic lanes at $100. Under current law, any such failure is punishable by a fine of no more than $250. Interestingly, this was really already the law, but no one knew about it. People always complain about the “slow” guy in the left lane. And under current law, this is illegal. You are supposed to drive on the Right side, unless you are passing. No one ever pays attention to this. Thus, the increase in fines was meant to bring it to people’s attention.
Failure to obey highway sign; driver stopped on highway shoulder to sleep or rest; pre-payable offense. Stopping on the side of the highway to rest will result in a fine which you don’t need to go to court for. This avoids having to hire a Reckless Driving Lawyer Fairfax VA. But if you’re parked in a dangerous position then you will be required to attend court. Provides that a violation of a highway sign where a driver has parked or stopped his vehicle on the shoulder of the highway in order to sleep or rest is a pre-payable offense unless such vehicle is parked or stopped in such manner as to impede or render dangerous the shoulder or other portion of the highway.
Dismissal of certain traffic violations for proof of compliance with law. This law allows a court to dismiss a variety of violations, which are listed below, if the violator provides proof of compliance on or before their court appearance and the court chooses to do so. Obviously, this avoids having to not only go to court, but to go through the expense of hiring a Reckless Driving Lawyer Fairfax VA. Provides that a court may, in its discretion, dismiss a violation for failure to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of change of address, for failing to register, title, or properly display license plates, for failure to pay local licensing fees or taxes, for failure to have certain safety equipment or having unsafe or defective equipment, or for improper tinting, if such a person can prove to the court compliance with the law on or before the court date and payment of court fees.