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New Virginia Driving Laws You Need To Know

The Smith Firm PLLC has been one of Northern Virginia's top traffic attorney experts for enough time to understand the importance of knowing the traffic laws and how they affect us as Virginia drivers. As of July 1st 2019, there were several new laws passed that are important for to know for safe driving and to avoid any violations that can occur from not following Virginia driving laws.



1) Unpaid Court Fees No Longer Result in Suspended License


On July 1st, 2019, driver’s who are unable to pay their court fees will no longer have their licenses suspended. In addition, the budget amendment reinstates driving privileges for the more than 627,000 Virginians who currently have their licenses suspended because of unpaid court fees.


2) Children Must Remain in Rear-Facing Car Seats Until Age 2


Children in Virginia must remain in rear-facing car seats until the age of 2 or the minimum weight limit called for by the car seat manufacturer. If your car does not have a back seat, the child may sit in the front passenger seat but only when the passenger seat airbag is deactivated. The law does not apply to taxis, school buses, or limousines. The fine for a first offense is $50.


3) Fines for Holding a Cell Phone in A Work Zone


Holding a cell phone while driving in a Virginia road work zone will now be against the law. Violators will face a $250 fine.


4) Failure to Move for Emergency Vehicles = Reckless Driving


Failing to move over or slow down for police, fire, EMS and similar vehicles stopped with flashing lights will now be reckless driving, similar to speeding over 80 mph. Penalties for reckless driving in Virginia include up to a year in jail or a fine up to $2,500.  


If you are in need of an experienced and knowledgeable traffic attorney in Northern Virginia, contact The Smith Firm PLLC today!

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