As traffic violation attorneys we want to keep people in the Hampton Roads well informed of the latest traffic laws to help keep you safe and in the know. It is extremely important to be aware of all new laws affecting drivers in our state of Virginia.
You may not be aware these four new traffic laws were passed by the Virginia General Assembly went into effect on July 1st.
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.
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.
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.
Unpaid Court Fees No Longer Result in Suspended License
On July 1st, 2019, drivers 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.
If you need additional information about traffic law violations in the state of Virginia, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 757-547-5555. We are ready to assist you!