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Virginia to Collect Speeding and Reckless Driving Fines

Virginia Speeding and Reckless Driving Ticket Fines

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Hopewell police patrol Interstate 295 in Virginia

Virginia is attempting to curb the number of speeding tickets some cities and counties are issuing to drivers on the state’s roadways.

The Virginia General Assembly included a provision in the state budget declaring that if the amount of money a jurisdiction collects from speeding ticket and reckless driving fines exceeds 40 percent of its total revenue, the state will appropriate half of the money. Those funds will then be placed into the state’s literary fund which pays for school construction projects and teacher retirement plans.

The provision comes after motorist group AAA Mid-Atlantic reported that the Hopewell Sheriff’s Office was using “heavy-handed enforcement tactics” on a section of Interstate 295 in Hopewell, VA. The group calls the two-mile stretch of road the “Million Dollar Mile.” Approximately 1,000 speeding tickets are issued per month on I-295 in Hopewell.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Hopewell’s revenue from speeding and reckless driving tickets has increased from $160,000 a year when the I-295 project began to about $2 million last year.

Martha Meade with AAA Mid-Atlantic believes that the provision will allow police “to continue upholding the law and continue to collect … the appropriate amount of revenue.”

The Hopewell Sheriff’s Office has responded to the allegations by stating that officers only ticket drivers who speed over 81 miles per hour, which is considered reckless driving in Virginia.

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DUI for Henrico Pastor

Pastor Charged with DUI and Reckless Driving in Henrico, VA

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Jay Bertrand is charged with DUI in Henrico County

The pastor of a Varina church is charged with DUI in Henrico County, Virginia. He also faces a reckless driving charge for an accident that occurred earlier that day.

Police say Jay Bertrand, co-pastor of Varina Baptist Church, was arrested for DUI just hours after he was released from the hospital for injuries he received after running into a Krispy Kreme store.

The first accident occurred when Bertrand crossed three lanes of oncoming traffic, hit a sidewalk and rammed into the Krispy Kreme on Broad Street.

According to Bertrand’s family, he suffers from serious back problems and the crash was a result of a medical emergency. They say his back seized up while he was driving and he could not move. Bertrand was taken to an area hospital but refused treatment.

Hours after leaving the hospital, Bertrand was involved in another accident. Police say he failed to move when a stoplight on Patterson Avenue turned green, causing the woman behind him to drive around his vehicle. When the driver stopped at the following intersection, Bertrand ran into her. The driver was not injured. Bertrand told police he did not remember what happened.

Bertrand takes medications for his back problems. His family says that all the medications he takes are prescribed by a doctor and that the doctor had given him full liberty to drive and operate machinery. They emphasize that this was not a case of alcohol or drug abuse.

Bertrand is charged with reckless driving in the Krispy Kreme accident and driving under the influence of drugs (DUI) for the second incident in Henrico, VA.

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Guilty of Reckless Driving in Dinwiddie

Woman Guilty of Virginia Reckless Driving

A woman pled guilty to reckless driving in a multi-vehicle accident that killed three people on Interstate 85 in Dinwiddie, Virginia.

Louise M. Vanloan pleaded guilty to reckless driving in the Dinwiddie General District Court. Vanloan was fined $200 as a result. The Court also suspended her license to drive for six months.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Vanloan was driving a Coach America bus carrying 49 students from North Carolina A&T State University. The bus was heading northbound on I-85 when the accident occurred.

The bus crashed into the pickup truck from behind, sandwiching it between the two larger vehicles. Three passengers in the pickup truck died; a fourth passenger was taken to a local hospital and later released. Vanloan was treated for minor injuries.Virginia State Police say the accident occurred as traffic along the interstate was diverted to the left lane due to road repairs. A logging truck, the first of the three vehicles involved in the accident, was stopped on the highway due to traffic, followed by a pickup truck carrying four passengers, including the three victims.

The Dinwiddie Commonwealth’s Attorney reviewed the state police investigation of the crash and chose not to charge Vanloan with manslaughter, stating there was no indication of criminal wrongdoing. However, reckless driving is a misdemeanor in the Commonwealth of Virginia and carries the potential of hefty fines, jail time and driver’s license suspension (Dinwiddie reckless driving).

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Reckless driving accident in Prince George, VA

Virginia Reckless Driving Crash

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Emergency crews shutdown I-95

Police charged Michelle Witzel with reckless driving after a serious accident in Prince George County,Virginia, just south of Petersburg. The accident injured four people, and Interstate 95 northbound was temporarily shut down to allow a medical helicopter to land. No other vehicles were involved.

Witzel and her 11-year-old-son were flown to VCU Medical Center with serious injuries. Police shut down I-95 in Prince George for an hour to allow the helicopter to land and transport the patients to the hospital.

According to eye-witness reports, the single-vehicle crash occurred when Witzel, who was driving a 2002 Toyota Sequoia, tried to switch lanes but overcorrected to avoid hitting a vehicle in her blind spot. The SUV ran off the right side of the road and flipped over several times.

Witzel and her son both suffered serious injuries and were flown by helicopter to VCU Medical Center. Their injuries are said to be non-life threatening. Witzel’s two daughters, who were also passengers in the vehicle, were both taken by ambulance to Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, Virginia. They suffered only minor injuries.

Police say all the passengers in the vehicle were wearing seat belts. Due to the accident, Witzel is now charged with reckless driving in Prince George County, Virginia.

Click here for the full story from CBS6.

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