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I've lived in VA most of my life and it sure feels like speed enforcement has stepped up several notches over the past year or so. I used to drive for days without seeing a radar trap...now it seems there is one around every corner. I was going around Richmond (275) where the speed limit is 70 in August. I hit the gas to pass a string of cars and end up getting pulled over...81 in a 70. Trooper (in a Dodge Charger) told me that was reckless driving, anything over 80 is reckless in VA regardless of speed limit. In the end he was nice enough to drop it to 79 in a 70 (regular speeding ticket) but it was still a wake-up call.
Sounds like we the people need to take back our govt. How did we let "our" representatives do this to us without voter backlash? We the people have been asleep at the wheel (voting booth)!


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Here in Pa the legal definition of Reckless Driving is 'willful and wanton disregard". High standard to meet and unlike Va, no speed limit attached. I agree with MoFiveO. Show up for court at least 30 minutes early and try and speak with the cop before your hearing. If he won't agree to present a lower charge to the judge, ask the judge to lower it even if you have to accept some of the more minor penalties usually associated with Reckless. Be prepared though!! Write down, in bullet format, everthing you want to say so that you don't have to try and recall what you want to say from memory. Good luck!


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You should have just out ran the cop.
what's the worst that could happen?

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Hopefully this is meant to be tongue-in-cheek. If not, it's pretty much the worst advice ever!!
I thougt it was pretty funny.

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Here in Pa the legal definition of Reckless Driving is 'willful and wanton disregard". High standard to meet and unlike Va, no speed limit attached. I agree with MoFiveO. Show up for court at least 30 minutes early and try and speak with the cop before your hearing. If he won't agree to present a lower charge to the judge, ask the judge to lower it even if you have to accept some of the more minor penalties usually associated with Reckless. Be prepared though!! Write down, in bullet format, everthing you want to say so that you don't have to try and recall what you want to say from memory. Good luck!
How is going over 80 in these cars both wiillful & wanton? When passing slower traffic or merging, it is safer to do it quickly than sluggishly especially getting around 16 wheelers. Nothing worse than being pancaked next to a 16 wheeler because someone ahead taking their sweet time to pass. if this means temporarily going over 80 mph, so be it. Hardly willful or wanton behavior.

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Just for the folks who do not live in VA or do not know, any speed over 80mph is considered reckless driving regardless of speed limit. There are a few zones on I85 and I95 in southern VA that have 70 mph speed limits and even there if caught doing 80 or higher it's automatically reckess driving. Also radar detectors are illegal. Speeding is definitely a revenue generator for VA.
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Attorneys can't represent you better than you representing you unless you come off looking & acting like a punk. Let's see they are in front of those same judges week after week representing losers & working the system for money. I think you are better off representing yourself to get sympathy from the court to reduce it to a speed, especially if you can justify why you felt speeding was necessary to avoid an unsafe situation. It's ok to admit in hindsight it was bad judgement that you have learned from. If nothing else, you saved attorneys fees!

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Actually attorneys do help particularly if they are well known by the court and police and typically can bring up things you might not think of and can make deals because of their networking that you cannot.
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there are 2 things you need:

1. blinder extreme laser jammer
2. valentine 1

get those and you'll be in good shape.

oh and the best way to avoid a ticket altogether is this. when a cop asks you "do you know why i stopped you?" and you actually KNOW you were doing something wrong just simply tell the nice officer "because i'm an idiot".

you have no idea how many times that has worked. its not a con, its just the simple fact that EVERYONE lies to the police and most officers just flat out appreciate not being lied to.
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I own the cobra, I speed a lot, both on the Garden State Parkway and on local roads, it hasnt failed me once, and has saved me countless times. Without evidence a cop cant give you a ticket unless you are going like visibly faster like 140... and if it doesnt go off.... well theres no evidence now is there?? The passport is the better one... but I got the cobra for 160 bucks on amazon one day... that was quite a deal... shop around, people are selling them for better deals than the MSRP.
i thought radar detectors were illegal in virginia...? oh well lol

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there are 2 things you need:

1. blinder extreme laser jammer
2. valentine 1

get those and you'll be in good shape.

oh and the best way to avoid a ticket altogether is this. when a cop asks you "do you know why i stopped you?" and you actually KNOW you were doing something wrong just simply tell the nice officer "because i'm an idiot".

you have no idea how many times that has worked. its not a con, its just the simple fact that EVERYONE lies to the police and most officers just flat out appreciate not being lied to.
Check out the penalties for getting caught with a radar detector in VA.

Nobody likes to get caught and have to pay up, including me, but you are only making it worse trying to buck the system. As we all have to pay more for services as health care costs and everything else go up, the average citizen can expect to get bent over in court when busted for a moving violation.

Until we 'take back' our state legislatures, expect more of the same from other states that will follow VA's lead.

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owell things happen... I can't say anything positive about this.

I don't speak often but when I do, I don't have clue what I am talking about. I just repeat things that I once heard and do not repeat them correctly... My doctor told me it was an ID 10 T problem and it was incurable.
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Check out the penalties for getting caught with a radar detector in VA.

Nobody likes to get caught and have to pay up, including me, but you are only making it worse trying to buck the system. As we all have to pay more for services as health care costs and everything else go up, the average citizen can expect to get bent over in court when busted for a moving violation.

Until we 'take back' our state legislatures, expect more of the same from other states that will follow VA's lead.

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VA cops are tough, if you mod your car exhaust they will stop you. No radar detectors in VA, they are illigal. I live in MD edgewater and go over to VA every now and again. Very tough state for traffic.

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Yes, reckless driving is a court required offense and will KILL your driving record and insurance. It is the same here in Texas. I was pulled over doing 90 in a 60 in my old Mustang. Fortunately, the cop was cool and only gave me a ticket. Anything over 20 over could be recless driving. That ticket cost me $350, plus $250 for an attorney to keep it off my record. Be careful!
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thanks for all the good advice, and yes we all should slow down and be very mindful of speeding laws. I think I will now invest in a radar detector. I know my car is screaming GIVE ME A TICKET!


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