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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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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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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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Richmond Football Player Guilty of Virginia Reckless Driving

Richmond, VA Football Player Guilty of Reckless Driving

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Jimmy Speros pled guilty to reckless driving in Richmond, VA

A University of Richmond football player recently pled guilty to reckless driving in a Richmond, Virginia traffic court. James L. Speros, Jr. was charged with reckless driving and hit and run following an accident in Richmond’s West End.

Speros pled guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving and misdemeanor hit and run. The misdemeanor hit and run charge was reduced from a felony. Speros was fined $1,000 and given twelve-month suspended jail sentence.

The incident occurred in February when Speros drove his pickup truck through a stop sign, hitting an SUV and causing it to strike a brick wall. The two occupants of the SUV were injured.

Speros walked away from the scene and was arrested three days later for hit and run. According to the Richmond Sheriff’s Office, he faced a magistrate and was given a $3,500 unsecured bond before being released.

Jimmy Speros is an offensive lineman for the University of Richmond Spiders. He is also the son of noted NFL coach Jim Speros.

University of Richmond Director of Athletics Jim Miller said Speros has been allowed to continue on-campus football activities, including practice, but that no decision had been made as to reinstating him fully in the university’s football program.

Speros was found guilty of hit and run and reckless driving in Richmond, Virginia.

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Man sentenced to five years for fatal Richmond DUI

VA DUI Gets 5 Years Jail Time

A Richmond, Virginia man has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a fatal, DUI-related hit-and-run that occurred in December near the John Marshall Courts Building.

Richmond Circuit Judge Bradley B. Cavedo sentenced Andre U. Vaughan to five years for his conviction on involuntary manslaughter, ten years with all ten suspended for felony hit-and-run charge, and twelve months with all but five days suspended for the DUI.

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Vaughan has an extensive history of convictions involving domestic violence, but it was his lengthy history of substance and alcohol abuse which appears to have made the greatest impact in sentencing. Vaughan’s ex-wife was unaware of earlier convictions for driving offenses in Virginia, but did testify to Vaughan’s inability to overcome his addictions as he struggled with a life of alcohol and substance abuse.

Vaughan struck the victim, Bruce Lee Carter, near Clay 8th St in downtown Richmond VA and the incident was caught on closed-circuit TV from downtown cameras, which caught the moment of impact as Carter was sent sprawling ten feet. Vaughan initially fled the scene, but was soon spotted by police officers with a caved in windshield and damaged side mirror.

Vaughan was clearly intoxicated according to reports from officers called to the scene.

Vaughan pled guilty to all charges brought against him, including  felony hit and run and involuntary manslaughter (fatal Richmond DUI).

Click here for the full story from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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