Loudoun County Virginia Reckless Driving

Loudoun County Sheriff Touts “100 Days” Accomplishments

April 17, 2012

Loudoun County Sheriff, Michael Chapman as sent out a list of notable accomplishments since he took office on January 1st 2012. Check out the full list at VivaLoudoun.com.

Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman

Virginia Woman Pulled Over For Reckless Driving in Citizens Arrest

April 16, 2012

Agnes Cox pulled over in late January for someone she believed to be a police officer.  Instead the many who pulled her over was Portsmouth Fire Marshall, Ricky McLeod.  He asked Cox a few questions and for a look at her driver’s licence, noting that she had been swerving and reminded her to put on her seatbelt.

McLeod didn’t issue a citation and Cox was soon on her way but local police were concerned to find out about McLeods, well, initiative.  So the Suffolk police initiated their own investigation on to the Fire Marshall’s conduct, pondering whether he should be charged with “impersonating an officer.”

Commonwealth’s Attorney Phil Ferguson ultimately ruled that McCleod did nothing wrong. What you might be surprised to discover is that the legality of his actions had nothing to do with his status as a Fire Marshall. In fact, according to Virginia law you could do the same.

In a 2003 case the Virginia Supreme Court found that an off duty police officer who made a traffic stop for reckless driving had the right to do so as a citizen’s arrest. If McLead had chose to take Cox into custody he could have done so under his rights as an ordinary citizen.

Legal or not, police are loath to support this kind of activity.  They warn that traffic stops made without a fire-arm can be highly dangerous. Likewise those without law enforcement training may not be clear on proper grounds to detain another individual, meaning that they may end ups facing charges themselves.

 

Hopewell, Virginia Sheriff Unrepentant on Town’s “Million Dollar Mile” Speedtrap Fame

April 16, 2012

Astoundingly, the small community of Hopewell, Virginia collects nearly $2 million in revenue from traffic violations – primarily from a 2-mile stretch of Interstate 295 that passes through the town. And that’s just fine according to Hopewell Sheriff, Greg Anderson. Here’s the city’s charming welcome message to Virginia travelers:

A recently released report from AAA Mid-Atlantic put Hopewell in the national spotlight.  According to the state auditor figures shared by AAA, the tiny community of Hopewell leads all Virginia municipalities in speeding ticket revenue, which state-wide reached $100 million in 2011.

For more on Hopewell’s speed trap, including Sheriff Anderson’s own explanation of how his highly vigilant speeding enforcement came into being (in 2011 11 Hopewell deputies wrote more than 14,000 tickets!) check out the full article at the Progress-Index.com.

 

 

Popular Mechanics Runs Down the How and the Why of Increased Numbers of Bus Accidents

April 10, 2012

New motor coach players sporting cheaper fares have disrupted existing North East Corridor train and bus service. These once-fringe services operating out of big-city Chinatowns have gone mainstream but many don’t realize that the safety, personnel and operational standards of these new companies don’t always measure up. National fatalities have grown substantially over the last few years and the DC area has not immune to these tragedies. Check out Popular Mechanics for more on the story.

 

Leesburg Man Gets Three Years on Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction

April 9, 2012

Michael Rollison was involved in an alcohol-related crash in April of last year that killed his stepfather. Rollinson had two previous DUIs on his record at the time of the crash.

Pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter an felony DUI, Rollinson, was recently sentenced to just under three years in jail, followed by ten years of probation. He had also been ordered to pay a $1000 fine.

Rollinson has acknowledged years of problems with alcoholism. Echoing this, Loudoun County Court Judge, Burke McCahill said that jail time was warranted to ensure Rollinson stayed sober.

“When all is said and done, you took another person’s life,” McCahill said.

Via The Loudoun Times

Virginia Crossed $100 Million in Speeding Ticket Revenue in 2011

April 4, 2012

So reported AAA Mid-Atlantic, based on the motorist association’s research. Reckless Driving was the second most common traffic offense reported, after speeding, with Reckless Driving generating nearly $30 million dollars in ticket revenue.

The most lucrative area for the state? A non-quite-a-mile stretch of I-295 near Hopewell, Virginia. This “Million Dollar Mile” alone generates many millions of dollars in speeding ticket revenue, mostly from out-of-state visitors passing through the area.

AAA Mid-Atlantic’s John B. Townsend calls these skewed statistics ”enforcement for money, not safety,” something that potentially, “undermines the credibility of law enforcement.”

For further details, check out FairfaxNews.com which has posted a lengthy story on the AAA report.

 

 

Seriously Scary Towing, An 18 Wheeler Tumbles Down Cliff in Norway

April 4, 2012

Reckless driving indeed!

There are definitely some hilly parts of Loudoun that can look this way in the winter time. Scary! Luckily no one was hurt.

Via BoingBoing:

 

Commercial Driver Faces Loudoun County Reckless Driving Charge After Truck Overturns

March 28, 2012

A driver for CDC transport based in Newark, New Jersey had a bit of trouble exiting Route 28 in Sterling. The truck was needing southbound on the ramp to Sterling Boulevard when it overturned, ending up tipped onto the guard rail.

The driver was treated for minor injuries and cited for reckless driving and failure to properly secure his load. Police indicated that a safety inspection of his vehicle may yet result in additional charges.

Three Speeding Tickets, $2000 In Fines – All in One Hour

March 28, 2012

That’s what happened to Las Vegas, Nevada resident, Jose Romero-Valenzuela, who was rushing to apparently make a court date in Oregon on a meth possession charge, getting pulled over by police three times in the process.

Romer0-Valenzuela was clocked going 105 mph, then at 98 mph and again at 92 mph (at least he was slowing down?).  Police later clocked Romero-Valenzuela again at a more leisurely 65 mph.

He faces a 90-day license suspension, among other penalties, if he is found guilty of speeding at over 100 miles per hour.

Welcome to RecklessDrivingLoudoun.com

March 28, 2012

This website is provided as a service of the Gordon Law Firm. We’ve helped thousands of Virginians protect their driving privileges across Loudoun, Fairfax and Price William Counties.

We hope this website (and blog), focusing on our Loudon County practice will be of help and comfort to you should you find yourself facing a reckless driving charge.

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