New road signs will keep drivers aware of reckless driving law along Interstates 81, 95
The Virginia Department of Transportation will install signs along Interstates 81 and 95 to remind drivers that they can be charged with reckless driving if they are going more than 80 mph in a 70 mph zone.
Signs will be installed in an effort to increase compliance with the speed limit and reduce crashes. Through the use of traffic sensors, VDOT identified areas on I-81 and I-95 with 70 mph speed limits that have more drivers going over 80 mph and also have higher crash rates.
Under Virginia law, drivers can be charged with reckless driving if they are driving 20 mph or more over the speed limit or driving over 80 mph regardless of the speed limit. Reckless driving charges can be made for other driving behaviors in addition to speeding.
More information about reckless driving laws can be found
. Penalties for reckless driving can vary from a $250 fine to jail time.