David L. Parker, P.C. defends clients’ rights in Harrisonburg traffic violations cases. When charged with a Harrisonburg traffic violation ticket, you receive demerit points, fines, and in more serious cases, jail time.
In Virginia, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has a demerit point system that assigns points for traffic violations. The demerit system has six point, four point, and three point violations tied to the severity of traffic violations.
Examples of six point violations include:
- Reckless driving—speeding in excess of 80 mph (miles per hour) or 20 mph over the posted speed limit, racing, passing a school bus, and more.
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Vehicular manslaughter
- Driving on suspended license or while license is revoked
- Driving commercial motor vehicles while disqualified, or under the influence of drugs or blood alcohol at .04 or higher
Examples of four point violations include:
- Reckless driving—speeding 10 to 19 mph above the posted limit
- Failure to stop or yield the right of way to a police or emergency vehicle or pedestrian with a white cane
- Failure to keep to the right
- Following too closely Improper signal use
- Failure to obey railroad crossing lights or stop signs, or to slow when indicated
- Failure to stop at the scene of a crash involving more than $500 in damage
Examples of three point violations include:
- Speeding 1-9 mph above the posted speed limit
- Impeding traffic with slow speed Improper passing
- Failure to obey highway signs
- Driving without lights or with excessive lights
- Driving without a Virginia license or license plate—for in-state residents
Harrisonburg traffic violation penalties Within a three-year period, 18 or more demerit points result in 60-day license suspension and 24 or more points result in a 120-day suspension. Six point violations stay on your record for 11 years, four point violations for five years, and three point violations for three years. A Harrisonburg auto accident caused by a traffic violation can result in serious consequences. Some reckless driving charges are misdemeanors, and some are felonies with prison sentences. All violations carry processing fees and other fines.