Speeding Ticket and DUI Checkpoints in Chesterfield, VA

Virginia Police Conducting Traffic Enforcement Campaign

DUI lawyers Chesterfield, VirginiaPolice are out in force this week in Chesterfield County, Virginia, issuing speeding tickets and catching drunk drivers.

The holiday weekend sees thousands of motorists pass through Chesterfield County’s roadways, especially through Interstate 95 and Route 288. Fourth of July celebrations also include alcohol and may increase the potential for drunk drivers on the streets.

In an effort to combat traffic violators, the Chesterfield County Police Department is participating in the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign. The enforcement campaign, which kicked off Tuesday night, will take place through the Fourth of July holiday and into the weekend. Motorists will see police checkpoints set up in various locations throughout the county. Police will be stopping motorists suspected of driving under the influence. County police are also targeting drivers who are speeding, running red lights and caught not wearing a seat-belt.

If you come across a police checkpoint in Chesterfield this week, slow down and obey the officer. While you may be worried about receiving a DUI charge, don’t make matters worse by eluding police or receiving other related charges. Virginia police are committed to keeping the roads and highways safe for everyone this week.

If you happen to receive a summons for court, on a traffic related charge, call our law firm. We are committed to assisting you with your Virginia speeding ticket or DUI.

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Virginia Storms Cause Traffic Issues

Following the Storm: VA Traffic and Speeding Tickets

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Storm damage behind the Law Office of Weiland Upton

Thousands of people in the metro Richmond area are still reeling from the effects of this weekend’s powerful thunderstorms. In fact, here at Weiland Upton, we are suffering from the aftermath of the severe weather as well. While Dominion Power attempts to restore electricity to Virginia residents, large blackouts can cause major traffic headaches. Summer in Virginia brings heavy storms and the occasional hurricane. If you find yourself out on the roads during a major blackout, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Police officers are out in force: During any emergency situation (including power outages), there are likely to be more police on the roadways keep order and enforcing the rules of the road. Slow down so that you don’t receive a speeding ticket and pay attention to your surroundings. Police may have to divert traffic if trees or power lines are down, or if traffic lights are not functioning.

Stop lights may not work: If you encounter a stoplight that has lost power, Virginia law says you must treat it as a stop sign. We receive numerous calls after power outages from clients who received a ticket for failing to obey a stop sign. Many people have never encountered or received a ticket for going through a non-working traffic light and are unsure what to do. So next time you come across one after a storm, make sure you stop.

Report all traffic incidents: Unfortunately, the chaos during a blackout or after a major storm also creates chaos on the roads. Downed trees, changes in traffic patterns, and non-functioning stop lights can lead to lots of confusions among drivers and plenty of accidents. Always report any traffic incident to the police. This will help you avoid being charged with other crimes such as hit-and-run.

And if you ever find yourself facing a traffic violation or crime in the state of Virginia, call our office. Major storms and prolonged power outages can be a confusing time for drivers. We are always a call or an e-mail away, ready to assist you in attaining the best possible result in your Virginia traffic case.

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Police Conclude Virginia Traffic Safety Campaign

VA Police Issue Hundreds of Speeding Tickets

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On Saturday, Virginia State Police issued 487 speeding tickets on Interstate 95

Did you happen to notice more Virginia State Police issuing speeding tickets on the interstates this past weekend? Operation Air, Land, and Speed  is an enforcement campaign launched several times a year by the Virginia State Police aimed at catching traffic violators on Virginia’s interstates.

Saturday, June 23, 2012 marked the 37th campaign of Operation Air, Land, and Speed, which focused on Interstate 81 and Interstate 95. Police issued a total of 2,412 court summons and speeding tickets this weekend. That’s down from the 6,400 citations issued last time state police ran the project simultaneously on both interstates in May 2011.

Along Interstate 95, which runs from the North Carolina border to Maryland, cutting through the Richmond metropolitan area, police issued 1,339 citations for various traffic violations. Police arrested two drivers for DUI. Another eight arrests were made for drug or felony crimes. Police issued 487 speeding tickets during the course of the project. They also cited 207 drivers for reckless driving.

“Every year, hundreds of lives are lost in Virginia because of speed, alcohol, aggressive driving, or by an individual failing to wear a seatbelt,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Superintendent of the Virginia State Police. “Too many lives are put at risk because of irresponsible driving behavior. The intent of Operation Air, Land and Speed  is to save lives and make our interstates safer through increased visibility and strict traffic enforcement.”

Money generated from speeding tickets issued by the Virginia State Police goes towards court fees and the Virginia Literary Fund. Operation Air, Land, and Speed  is funded through the federal highway safety budget.

Let us know if police issued you a reckless driving or speeding ticket in Virginia.

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Don’t Speed in Norway! Speeding Fines Around the World

Beyond Virginia: Speeding Ticket Fines

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Police impounded this Mercedes SLS AMG after its driver was caught traveling at 184 mph. The owner faces a fine of $800,000.

If you have ever received a speeding ticket in Virginia, you’re first concern is probably how much it’s going to cost you. Aside from the fine and court costs, you also have to think about increased insurance premiums. In the United States, you’re likely to face no more than $2,500 in fines in the most EXTREME speeding cases. Speeding in a different country, however, may be detrimental to your wallet. Here are some examples of the highest speeding fines from around the globe.

While a speeding ticket is unlikely to cost you more than $1,000 in most of Canada, fines are determined by province. A motorcyclist was caught going 164 mph in the province of Alberta and paid a $12,000 fine in a deal made with prosecutors that allowed him to retain his license. The maximum possible fine is $25,000 in Alberta , a province known for its straight and typically empty highways. Ease off the pedal next time you visit our neighbor to the north.

Do you make an annual income of $30,000 a year? If you’re caught speeding in Norway, expect to pay a $3,000 fine on your ticket. Norway levies a fine of 10% of your annual income for speeding tickets. Alongside the fine, Norwegian law imposes a mandatory minimum 18-day jail sentence for speeds deemed excessive.

Finland levies speeding fines based upon the annual income of the speedster in question. Jussi Salonoja, heir to a European meatpacking company, earned $11.5 million in 2002. After being caught speeding 50 mph in a 25 mph zone, Salonoja was fined $200,000.

The fine imposed for a speeding ticket in Switzerland is not only based on income, but factors in the velocity at which the offender was traveling. A 37-year-old man was driving his $200,000 Mercedes SLS AMG when he was clocked traveling 186 mph. The driver had not been clocked by numerous speed cameras along the highway because they were incapable of clocking any speed higher than 125 mph. The vehicle was impounded and the driver now faces a fine of over $800,000. That’s four times the value of the car!

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CDL Driver Charged with Reckless Driving in Richmond

Virginia Reckless Driving Accident in Richmond

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Venable is charged with reckless driving for an accident on I-95 at exit 74A in Richmond, VA

State Police have charged a driver with reckless driving following a single-vehicle tractor trailer accident on Interstate 95 in Richmond, VA. Police were forced to close the exit ramp to the Downtown Expressway at exit 74 for almost eight hours while the wreck of an overturned tractor trailer was being cleared from the roadway.

The accident occurred around 11 PM when the driver of a 2002 International tractor trailer carrying dual trailers lost control of the vehicle, causing the truck to hit the jersey wall on the ramp. The second trailer then flipped on its side. The driver, fifty-six year old Wiley F. Venable, Jr. was not injured in the crash. No other vehicles were involved.

Virginia State Police say that speed was a factor in the wreck. Cautionary signs along the exit ramp advise drivers to slow down to 25 miles per hour when exiting the interstate.

The contents of both trailers had to be loaded onto a second truck before the flipped trailer could be turned upright. The ramp was reopened the next morning around 7 AM, causing slight delays in commuter traffic heading northbound into downtown Richmond.

Mr. Venable, of Midlothian, faces a reckless driving charge and must appear in court in the City of Richmond, Virginia.

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Reckless Driving Accident on I-95 in Chesterfield, VA

Reckless Driving Crash in Chesterfield County, Virginia

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Scene of the reckless driving accident in Chesterfield County, VA

A man has been charged with reckless driving following an accident in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Robert M. Krill was charged with reckless driving after running a rented U-Haul truck into a vehicle stationed on the shoulder of Interstate 95, killing one man and shutting down I-95 southbound for hours.

Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 95 southbound at mile marker 64 in Chesterfield County, VA.

Steven Ridley, 35, of Richmond, VA had stopped his 2010 Chrysler 300 M on the right shoulder of the interstate and activated his hazard lights. He was in the process of changing a flat tire. Krill’s U-Haul truck ran off the right side of the interstate, hitting both Ridley and the Chrysler.

Ridley died at the scene. His 14-year-old son was also outside of the vehicle helping his father change the tire. He was uninjured. Ridley’s daughter was seated in the front passenger seat at the time of the accident and suffered minor injuries.

Krill was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries.

The Virginia State Police say the investigation is ongoing. They are working with the Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney to determine if they will press further charges against Krill.

Robert M. Krill is charged with reckless driving in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

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Deadly DUI in Hanover County, Virginia

Man Charged in Deadly Hanover, Virginia DUI

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The wreckage of Lawrence’s SAAB following the DUI crash

Police in Hanover County, Virginia have charged a man with DUI. Fifty-six-year old Richard E. Lawrence, Jr. was arrested in connection with a deadly accident occurring in Mechanicsville on Saturday night.

The accident occurred shortly before 9 PM. Lawrence was driving a 1999 Saab on Pole Green Road in Hanover County, VA when his vehicle crossed the center line, colliding head on with a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer in the opposite lane. The Chevy Blazer was occupied by a woman and three children, ages two, six and seven.

When emergency crews responded to the accident, the Saab was on fire. The victims were rushed to the hospital. A female victim in Lawrence’s vehicle was pronounced dead at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, VA. Her name has not been released. Lawrence remains at VCU Medical Center. The remaining four victims who occupied the other vehicle were treated at VCU Medical Center and released. Police say the surviving victims are recovering well.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Hanover County Police are continuing their investigation and speaking with witnesses. A police spokesman has said that additional charges against Lawrence are being evaluated in conjunction with the Hanover Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Richard E. Lawrence, Jr. is charged with DUI in Hanover County, Virginia.

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