Roads and Traffic Enforcement in Loudoun County
Below, Loudoun County reckless driving lawyer Thomas Soldan discusses traffic violations and how they are treated in Loudoun County. Those accused of a traffic violation, such as reckless driving, should consult with an attorney to help minimize the harm of their charge. Call today and schedule a free consultation.
Where is Loudoun County, Virginia in Relation To Other Major Counties in The Area?
Loudoun County, Virginia is located in the north to northwest portion of Virginia. It is due west from the District of Columbia. It is approximately 40 miles from Leesburg to Washington, DC. To the north Loudoun County is bordered by the Potomac River and West Virginia, to the west it is bordered by Clarke County, and eventually Frederick County and the City of Winchester. To the south Loudoun County is bordered by Fauquier County and Prince William County.
Are There Highways That Go Through Loudoun County?
There are actually no interstate highways that travel through Loudoun County. This is in direct contradiction to our neighbors Fairfax County and Prince William County. Both of those counties have the privilege of interstate 95 and Interstate 66 traveling through large portions of them. Loudoun County, however, does not have any interstate highways but does have some major state highways such as State Routes 7, 15, 28, and 50. In addition, Loudoun County has the private road known as the Dulles Greenway, which connects the city of Leesburg to Dulles International Airport. It also has the Loudoun County Parkway which is currently being built in increments and it connects Route 7 in Sterling to Route 50 in South Riding.
Are Traffic Laws Heavily Enforced in Loudoun County?
Yes, traffic laws are heavily enforced in Loudoun County. Despite not having any interstate highways, Loudoun County still has some of the most traveled roads in the Commonwealth. Because Loudoun County is largely made up of suburbs and small planned communities and towns, the traffic congestion can be quite serious and therefore traffic laws such as speeding, driving without a license, driving under the influence, and aggressive driving are all heavily enforced.
What is Reckless Driving in Virginia?
Reckless driving is a general term that encompasses up to 13 different types of driving behaviors that are not traffic infractions. Reckless driving code sections can be found under Virginia Code Section 46.2-852 all the way through 46.2-868. This can include “general” reckless driving defined as driving in any manner as to endanger life, limb, or property of yourself or another. It can also include the other most common reckless driving offense of “reckless driving by speed” which is exceeding 80 miles an hour on any highway of the Commonwealth or exceeding 20 miles an hour above the posted speed limit.
What Are The Different Reasons An Individual Can be Charged With This Offense?
In addition to the general rule (46.2-852) and reckless driving by speed (46.2-862), there are many other ways in which an individual could be charged with reckless driving. Some of the common examples include passing a school bus that is unloading or loading children, spinning tires, even burning rubber on private property. Specifically, that is cited as driving in a manner that is not being in control of the vehicle. Also, passing on the curve of a hill and driving too fast for the road conditions regardless of the person’s speed limit. Also, a situation where someone crosses the double yellow line, generally failing to maintain control of your vehicle and driving with improper brakes would all be considered instances of reckless driving.