Virginia SB 1578 – Reckless driving; exceeding speed limit

Bill No.:
SB 1578
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Bill Title:

Reckless driving; exceeding speed limit

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UPDATE May 3, 2019: Bill left in Courts of Justice as 2019 Legislative Session ended.

UPDATE February 19, 2019: Left in House Courts of Justice Committee.

UPDATE February 13, 2019: House subcommittee recommends passage by 5 to 1 vote.

UPDATE February 4, 2019: Reported to House and referred to Committee for Courts of Justice.

UPDATE January 29, 2019: The bill passed the Senate in a 35Y to 5N vote.

UPDATE January 23, 2019: The Committee reported SB 1578 out with an affirmative 11 to 2 vote.

SB 1578 has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee and is scheduled for an initial hearing on January 23, 2019.

The bill would finally correct an injustice to Virginia’s reckless driving statute. When the Commonwealth increased the maximum speed limit from 65 to 70 mph, it failed to adjust the reckless driving criteria where a travel speed greater than 80 mph is considered reckless driving. That limit was based on being 15 mph over the 65 mph max but then became only 10 mph over the maximum speed.

Bill language: A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives a motor vehicle on the highways in the Commonwealth (i) at a speed of twenty 20 miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit or (ii) in excess of eighty 85 miles per hour regardless of the applicable maximum speed limit.


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