DRIVING WITH OBSTRUCTED VIEW AS RECKLESS DRIVING IN LOUDOUN, PRINCE WILLIAM, and FAIRFAX COUNTY
If you cannot fully control your vehicle, or you cannot see out of the front or sides of your vehicle you could be charged with Reckless Driving in Fairfax, Loudoun, or Prince William County. Virginia Code Section 46.2-855 makes it illegal to drive when your view is obstructed or your control over the vehicle is impaired.
Because this is considered to be a Class One Misdemeanor it can have serious consequences for driving record, criminal history, your license, your career and your insurance. Reckless Driving lawyers at The Gordon Law Firm have helped more than 3000 people accused of driving offenses like the obstructed view charge under Virginia Code Section 46.2-855. Call the reckless driving attorneys Alex Gordon or Carlos Wall at 703.218.8416 or text us a copy of your ticket to 703.591.6682 for a free consultation.
Virginia Code Section 46.2-855 reads:
A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives a vehicle when it is so loaded, or when there are in the front seat such number of persons, as to obstruct the view of the driver to the front or sides of the vehicle or to interfere with the driver's control over the driving mechanism of the vehicle.”
DRIVING WITH TOO MANY PEOPLE IN YOUR VEHICLE MAY BE A MISDEMEANOR IF IT OBSTRUCTS THE DRIVER'S VIEW
Virginia law saws that you cannot drive a vehicle when there are enough people in the front seat that it obstructs the view of the front or sides of the vehicle by the driver. As a result, if the charge is based on having "too many" people in the back seat, it will not violate this code section.
DRIVING WITH AN OBSTRUCTED OR IMPAIRED VIEW IS A MISDEMEANOR
Nothing in this law makes it reckless driving just because you cannot see out of the rear of the vehicle. Rather, it penalizes drivers that have their view obstructed in the front and/or sides of the vehicle. If the Prince William County Officer charged you for Reckless Driving for only having a large object in the back of your vehicle, it would be improper. As long as you can see out of the front and the sides of your vehicle it would not be a violation of 46.2-855.
Contact us today for a Free Consultation with a Reckless Driving Attorney
While it is unlikely that a driver would serve jail time unless there were injuries or death caused by a violation of this code section, the Reckless Driving charge is a misdemeanor and could result in fines and points on your driving record. The Gordon Law Firm looks forward to speaking with you about your case. Together we can develop strategies to try to avoid a conviction for Reckless Driving under 46.2-855 by either reducing the charge to a regular traffic infraction or obtaining a dismissal of the charge at trial. Call Alex Gordon or Carlos Wall today at 703.218.8416 or text us a copy of your ticket to 703.591.6682.