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Virginians Face $3,000 Traffic Ticket
By Dennis Cauchon,
USA Today
Posted: 2007-07-01 15:18:05
Filed Under: Law, Nation
(July 1) - Virginia is for lovers, or so the state slogan has declared since 1969. Starting today, Virginia also will be the home of the $3,000 traffic ticket. In an effort to raise money for road projects, the state will start hitting residents who commit serious traffic offenses with huge civil penalties.

Photo Gallery: New State Laws
Seth Perlman, AP

A patrolman walks from his car in Illinois last September. Virginia issued new traffic penalties Sunday charging resident drivers exhorbitant fees for severe traffic violations.
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Beginning Sunday, Virginia is adding new civil charges to traffic fines. They range from $750 to $3,000 and will be added to existing fines and court costs. The civil penalty for going 20 mph over the speed limit will be $1,050, plus $61 in court costs and a fine that is typically about $200.

The new civil charges range from $750 to $3,000 and be added to existing fines and court costs. The civil penalty for going 20 mph over the speed limit will be $1,050, plus $61 in court costs and a fine that is typically about $200.

Virginia's traffic law is one of several thousand new state laws that take effect Sunday. Jan. 1 and July 1 are the most popular dates for state laws to become official.

July 1 is especially popular for new taxes and fees because it's the start of the budget year in 46 states. For example, Arkansas will cut its sales tax on groceries from 6% to 3% Sunday.

Virginia's new traffic penalties are expected to raise $65 million a year and are part of an effort to improve the state's roads without raising taxes.

A first-time drunken driver will face a $2,250 civil penalty, plus fines and court costs that typically run about $500 or more. Driving without a license? That's a mandatory $900 civil penalty, in addition to the ordinary $100 for a fine and court costs.

"It's outrageous," says traffic court attorney Thaddeus Furlong of Springfield, Va. "When Mr. and Mrs. Middle Class find out what they have to pay, there's going to be a backlash like you've never seen."

Some other states impose extra civil penalties for traffic offenses, but the cost is usually $100 or $200, Furlong says. "What sets this apart is the Draconian size of the civil penalties," he says.

Another difference: The civil penalties apply only to Virginia residents, not out-of-state drivers. Virginians must pay in three installments over 26 months or lose their licenses. The state Legislature didn't think it could enforce the extra penalties in other states.

Motorist club AAA Mid-Atlantic supports the new penalties.

"These penalties are harsh, but normal fines haven't gotten people to drive sanely. Maybe this will," says Lon Anderson, spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic.

He says the new law will help reduce the nearly 1,000 traffic deaths the state records annually.

"We wish motorists didn't have to pay more, but the fact is Virginia's transportation trust fund is broke," Anderson says.
 

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Yes, it does suck to live in this God forsaken state. When I leave this state, it will be the last time I ever live in a Commonwealth state.

From my understanding, this new legislation affects motorists with a bad driving record(-8 points). Granted, these penalties, or fees, target the bad drivers, the fees themselves are quite extreme in some cases and not heavy enough in other cases.

I'm not going to get political because debates bore me, however, a few other sections in the new legislation scares me. For example, the creation of the Hampton Roads Authority. This panel or group has the power to make any major highway a toll road in an effort to pay for the maintenance or expansion of said highway. There is nothing like having to pay to drive on a freeway.

I can't wait to get back to TX.
 

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just seems excessive to me. except that I think the drunk driving is still cheaper than here in NY. weird they know they cant get people from other states to pay so they only charge locals
 

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Suck my dick, $3000 traffic ticket

only one offense should cost enough to ruin your finances for years... and that's a DUI
or maybe pulling out in front of someone.
 

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i'll have to find a list of the "new laws"

it's now over $1000 for not properly using a turn signal, and things of that nature. redliculous.

fuck this state. i'm moving ASAP. somewhere south, where it's warm all year, and i can wrench and ride all year.

hey Tundra, what's Texas like :D ?? better yet, does Texas DMV communicate with VA DMV? maybe i can even get a drivers lisence, lol.
 

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Suck my dick, $3000 traffic ticket

only one offense should cost enough to ruin your finances for years... and that's a DUI
or maybe pulling out in front of someone.
just yesterday somebody pulled the cager classic "left turn in front of a bike move" on my buddy. he got off a broken toe and some stitches (super lucky) but what a fucking dick. some kind of motorcycle education course should be required for a driver's license. a license is a privilage, not a fucking right! (same goes for girls who giggle and say "I just can't back up this big SUV"
 

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hey Tundra, what's Texas like :D ?? better yet, does Texas DMV communicate with VA DMV? maybe i can even get a drivers lisence, lol.
Texas is good. I can't wait to move back. As far as the DMV's talking to each other, it doesn't happen, although I don't know how to work around your current situation. With the scene the way it is in D-Town, it wouldn't be long before you could support yourself working on bikes without a shop. Another good thing, you don't have personal property taxes, city taxes, or state income. Before I moved to VA, I did some research and you can basically live in TX at the same level as you do in VA with 10% less income.

Jessi and I are looking to be back in TX by X-mas hopefully. We'll see how things go...
 
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