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Common traffic violations and the Virginia demerit system

When drivers face the criminal penalties of a significant traffic offense or see their demerit points increasing, it can often be a life-altering experience. From the loss of driving privileges and fines to potential of increased insurance premiums and mandatory driver improvement courses, Virginia motorists must take traffic violations seriously at all times.

While there are countless types of traffic violations, here are the three common categories and several infractions associated with each:

  • 3-point violations: Speeding (1-9 mph above the posted speed limit), impeding traffic, improper passing, improper U-turn, violation of intersection turns on red, driving without lights, failure to dim lights and driving with no Virginia license.
  • 4-point violations: Reckless driving, speeding (10-19 mph above the posted speed limit), passing when unsafe, failure to stop for police/fire/emergency vehicles, failure to yield the right-of-way, failure to stop for pedestrians and failure to drive on the right half of a highway or street.
  • 6-point violations: Reckless driving (speeding in excess of 85 mph), racing, passing an emergency vehicle, speeding (20 mph or more above the posted speed limit), driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, refusing a blood/breath test, or driving with a revoked or suspended license.

Drivers rely on the convenience of hopping in the car and quickly reaching even far off destinations. From simple chores like driving to school or completing household errands to crucial activities like commuting to work or taking a vacation, drivers often take this convenience for granted. Unfortunately, when confronted with the loss of driving privileges, even a simple task can become challenging.

It is wise to understand your options for fighting a traffic violation or getting demerit points on your license reduced.