Most of Virginia’s traffic laws are found in Title 46.2 of the Code of Virginia except for a few offenses, like driving while intoxicated (a.k.a. DWI/DUI) which snuck into Title 18.2 with other criminal offenses.  Below is a list some of the more common traffic laws for which people receive tickets.  The attorneys at Lee Lopez Law handle all of the different offenses listed below as well as others not listed here that are more uncommon.

The links below will take you to the Virginia Legislative Information System where you can read the law on the charge or charges you may be facing.  Reading the law, unfortunately, is usually not enough because the elements of the offense listed in the statute have been given special, and sometimes unexpected, meanings.  These not-so-obvious meanings make it difficult or impossible to know how a court will view an issue unless you have done legal research first.

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Miscellaneous Driving Violation

§ 46.2-802 Drive on right side of highways; penalty

§ 46.2-803.1 Commercial motor vehicles limited to use of certain lanes of certain interstate highways

§ 46.2-805 Lane-use control signals

§ 46.2-806 One-way roadways and highways

§ 46.2-812 Driving more than thirteen hours in twenty-four prohibited

§ 46.2-814 Driving through safety zone prohibited

§ 46.2-815 Hauling certain cargoes through tunnels in violation of posted signs; penalty

§ 46.2-816 Following too closely

§ 46.2-817 Disregarding signal by law-enforcement officer to stop; eluding police; penalties

§ 46.2-818 Stopping vehicle of another; blocking access to premises; damaging or threatening commercial vehicle or operator thereof; penalties


Right of Way Violations

§ 46.2-820 Right-of-way at uncontrolled intersections, generally

§ 46.2-821 Vehicles before entering certain highways shall stop or yield right-of-way

§ 46.2-829 Approach of law-enforcement or fire-fighting vehicles, rescue vehicles, or ambulances; violation as failure to yield right-of-way


Failure to Obey Signs, Lights, Etc.

§ 46.2-830 Uniform traffic control devices on highways; drivers to obey traffic control devices; enforcement of section

§ 46.2-830.1 Failure to obey highway sign where driver sleeping or resting

§ 46.2-833 Traffic lights; penalty

§ 46.2-833.1 Evasion of traffic control devices

§ 46.2-835 Right turn on steady red light after stopping


Violations When Passing

§ 46.2-837 Passing vehicles proceeding in opposite directions

§ 46.2-838 Passing when overtaking a vehicle

§ 46.2-841 When overtaking vehicle may pass on right

§ 46.2-844 Passing stopped school buses; penalty; prima facie evidence


Turning & Signaling Violations

§ 46.2-845 Limitation on U-turns

§ 46.2-848 Signals required on backing, stopping, or turning

§ 46.2-850 Change of course after giving signal

§ 46.2-851 Signals prior to moving standing vehicles into traffic


Reckless & Improper Driving

§ 46.2-852 Reckless driving; general rule

§ 46.2-853 Driving vehicle which is not under control; faulty brakes

§ 46.2-855 Driving with driver’s view obstructed or control impaired

§ 46.2-856 Passing two vehicles abreast

§ 46.2-857 Driving two abreast in a single lane

§ 46.2-859 Passing a stopped school bus; prima facie evidence

§ 46.2-860 Failing to give proper signals

§ 46.2-861 Driving too fast for highway and traffic conditions

§ 46.2-862 Exceeding speed limit

§ 46.2-863 Failure to yield right-of-way

§ 46.2-864 Reckless driving on parking lots, etc.

§ 46.2-865 Racing; penalty

§ 46.2-865.1 Injuring another or causing the death of another while engaging in a race; penalties

§ 46.2-866 Racing; aiders or abettors

§ 46.2-867 Racing; seizure of motor vehicle

§ 46.2-868 Reckless driving; penalties

§ 46.2-868.1 Aggressive driving; penalties

§ 46.2-869 Improper driving; penalty


Speeding Violations

§ 46.2-870 Maximum speed limits generally

§ 46.2-871 Maximum speed limit for school buses

§ 46.2-872 Maximum speed limits for vehicles operating under special permits

§ 46.2-873 Maximum speed limits at school crossings; penalty

§ 46.2-873.1 Maximum speed limit on nonsurface-treated highways

§ 46.2-873.2 Maximum speed limit on rural rustic roads

§ 46.2-874 Maximum speed limit in business and residence districts

§ 46.2-878.1 Maximum speed limits in highway work zones; penalty


Stopping on Highways & Accidents

§ 46.2-888 Stopping on highways; general rule

§ 46.2-890 Stopping in vicinity of fire or emergency

§ 46.2-894 Duty of driver to stop, etc., in event of accident involving injury or death or damage to attended property; penalty

§ 46.2-895 Duty of certain persons accompanying driver to report accidents involving injury, death, or damage to attended property

§ 46.2-896 Duties of driver in event of accident involving damage only to unattended property

§ 46.2-897 Duty of certain persons accompanying driver to report accidents involving damage only to unattended property


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