RICHMOND – An effort to amend the state’s reckless driving law died this afternoon in a House subcommittee meeting.
Del. Joe Morrissey, D-Henrico County, sponsored a bill (HB1371) to strike the part of the legal code that makes driving faster than 80 mph reckless driving. He said it seems unfair that where the speed limit is 70 mph – such as on sections of Interstate 64 connecting Hampton Roads to Richmond – a driver could face a class 1 misdemeanor for driving as little as 11 mph over.
The change would have meant someone would have to be driving at least 20 mph above the speed limit to face a reckless driving charge, a part of the law that is already in effect.
The Criminal Subcommittee of the House Committee on Courts of Justice voted 7-2 against the bill. Opponents cited several concerns, including a possible fiscal impact and that faster speeds lead to more crashes.
“The department has concerns with the bill,” Dan Wilson, of the Virginia State Police, told the committee, “because faster speeds tend to lead to more crashes and more injuries.”
-Kathy Adams, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot