Virginia Ranks 7 on List of Most Driving Citations Issued in USA

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Virginia Ranks 7 on List of Most Driving Citations Issued in USA

We are usually proud when our institutions, sport teams, cities or states rank nationally in polls. However, in this instance, being listed in the Top 10 for Most Traffic Citations Issued to Drivers in the US is definitely not something to get excited about.

In a recent national review of data and statistics from, Virginia was listed among the top 10 states that issue the most driving citations or tickets. Data was sourced as of September 2016.

Will Virginia rank in the top 10 for this ominous statistic in 2017 as well?

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The overall all top 10 for 2016 Most states to issue Traffic Citations list was

#1 Ohio
#2 Pennsylvania
#3 New York
#4 California
#5 Texas
#6 Georgia
#7 Virginia
#8 North Carolina
#9 Massachusetts
#10 Connecticut

That is a lot of states on the east coast. Traveling for work through multiple states or road tripping on the major interstates of the east coast could net you several of these states (and traffic tickets, if you aren’t careful). Problems that can occur when traveling in unfamiliar areas include:

  • Not knowing the local speed limit
  • Not realizing when the speed limit has changed and continuing at a too-fast speed
  • Unfamiliarity with roads which results in making sharp turns, running red lights or driving too quickly through residential areas and school zones

Driving citations can include Reckless Driving, DUI, Speeding or other minor driving infractions. Each citation, ticket or summons comes with its own set of circumstances to deal with. While speeding tickets or failure to obey a stop sign will add DMV points to your license, (as well as a fine for the court cost and penalty), other cases can result in the loss of your drivers license, significant fines or even jail time. It is recommended if you have received a reckless driving, DUI, or speeding ticket that your contact an Attorney to discuss your case.

Each state has different procedures. If you are not local and get a traffic ticket in Virginia, the state will notify authorities in your state of these traffic violations. A lawyer can advise you on how to best fight the ticket, perhaps without having to return to Virginia. And if you are a Virginia resident and you get a traffic ticket, would you be willing to travel back to that VA area to contest it? Let’s say you live in Winchester but get a reckless driving ticket in Williamsburg; that is an 8-hour drive roundtrip. Or you live in Roanoke and you get a DUI in Richmond; you need a team that will support you on your day in court. Be prepared and know how the charges against you could impact your driving status and your wallet.

If you are faced with a summons, it is in your best interest to consult a knowledgeable and experienced Traffic Attorney. Call one of our experienced traffic lawyers at (804) 355-8037.

Other useful information:

Will my license be suspended if I get convicted of a DUI/DWI?
Is Reckless Driving a Misdemeanor or a Felony in Virginia
How Long with DMV Points remain on my record
How Much will Car Insurance Rate Increase from Emporia Va Traffic Violations
Reasons Why a Lawyer Should Fight Your Emporia VA Traffic Ticket