In the state of Virginia, traffic violation offenses can include speeding, running a red light or a stop sign, expired registration, distracted driving, and improper lane changes. Penalties include traffic violation fines, demerit points, increased auto insurance rates, and license suspension.
An accumulation of traffic tickets and demerit points on your record may increase your auto insurance rates and put your driving privileges at risk. If you received a ticket for traffic violations or any other type of moving violation, seek the help of a knowledgeable Virginia traffic violations attorney immediately. Attorney Gordon Peters will fight to protect your rights and driving privileges.
Gordon Peters, Jr., Attorney at Law, is proud to serve clients in Lynchburg and Blackstone, Virginia, and the surrounding counties of Amherst County, Campbell County, Bedford County, and Nottoway County.
Understanding Traffic Violations in Virginia
Traffic violations occur when a driver or motor vehicle operator violates any law that regulates vehicle operation on highways and streets. Such traffic infractions or violations include speeding, reckless driving, running red lights, DUI, distracted driving, and driving with a suspended license.
Moving Violations vs. Non-Moving Violations
In Virginia, traffic violations are categorized as either a moving violation or a non-moving violation.
Moving violations include all crimes, infractions, and violations committed while the vehicle is in motion. For example, speeding, tailgating, reckless driving, running a stop sign, failure to yield, hit and run, and improper lane changes.
Non-moving violations are crimes, infractions, and violations that occur while your vehicle is not in motion. These infractions are usually related to parking violations, paperwork violations, and vehicle safety (faulty equipment) violations.
- Parking Violations: Examples of parking violations include parking in a no-parking zone, too close to the curb, in front of a fire hydrant, or in front of an expired meter.
- Paperwork Violations: An officer may pull you over for expired tags, an expired inspection sticker, driving with a suspended license, or without being licensed.
- Vehicle Safety or Faulty Equipment Violations: Examples include excessive muffler noise, broken mirrors, damaged head or tail lights, overly tinted windows, and taped-up windows.
Moving violations often carry much higher penalties than non-moving violations because these infractions may put pedestrians, other drivers, and road users at risk.