Newport News Traffic Lawyer
Anthony Montagna, III is the preeminent Newport News traffic lawyer. He has practiced law for close to 22 years. During Anthony’s legal career, he has handled many simple and complex traffic cases. Anthony is particularly skilled in the defense of DUI, reckless driving, suspended operator license, speeding, hit and run, and habitual offender charges.
WHAT IS RECKLESS DRIVING?
I. VA Code Ann. § 46.2-852
Irrespective of the maximum speeds permitted by law, any person who drives a vehicle on any highway recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person shall be guilty of reckless driving.
II. VA Code Ann. § 46.2-853
A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives a vehicle which is not under proper control or which has inadequate or improperly adjusted brakes on any highway in the Commonwealth.
III. VA Code Ann. § 46.2-854
A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who, while driving a vehicle, overtakes and passes another vehicle proceeding in the same direction, on or approaching the crest of a grade or on or approaching a curve in the highway, where the driver’s view along the highway is obstructed, except where the overtaking vehicle is being operated on a highway having two or more designated lanes of roadway for each direction of travel or on a designated one-way roadway or highway.
IV. VA Code Ann. § 46.2-855
A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives a vehicle when it is so loaded, or when there are in the front seat such number of persons, as to obstruct the view of the driver to the front or sides of the vehicle or to interfere with the driver’s control over the driving mechanism of the vehicle.
V. VA Code Ann. § 46.2-856
A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who passes or attempts to pass two other vehicles abreast, moving in the same direction, except on highways having separate roadways of three or more lanes for each direction of travel, or on designated one-way streets or highways. This section shall not apply, however, to a motor vehicle passing two other vehicles when one or both of such other vehicles is a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped; nor shall this section apply to a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped passing two other vehicles.
VI. VA Code Ann. § 46.2-857
A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives any motor vehicle so as to be abreast of another vehicle in a lane designed for one vehicle, or drives any motor vehicle so as to travel abreast of any other vehicle traveling in a lane designed for one vehicle. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit two two-wheeled motorcycles from traveling abreast while traveling in a lane designated for one vehicle. In addition, this section shall not apply to (i) any validly authorized parade, motorcade, or motorcycle escort; (ii) a motor vehicle traveling in the same lane of traffic as a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped; nor shall it apply to (iii) any vehicle when lawfully overtaking and passing one or more vehicles traveling in the same direction in a separate lane.
VII. VA Code Ann. § 46.2-858
A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who overtakes or passes any other vehicle proceeding in the same direction at any railroad grade crossing or at any intersection of highways unless such vehicles are being operated on a highway having two or more designated lanes of roadway for each direction of travel or unless such intersection is designated and marked as a passing zone or on a designated one-way street or highway, or while pedestrians are passing or about to pass in front of either of such vehicles, unless permitted so to do by a traffic light or law-enforcement officer.
VIII. VA Code Ann. § 46.2-859
A person driving a motor vehicle shall stop such vehicle when approaching, from any direction, any school bus which is stopped on any highway, private road or school driveway for the purpose of taking on or discharging children, the elderly, or mentally or physically handicapped persons, and shall remain stopped until all the persons are clear of the highway, private road or school driveway and the bus is put in motion; any person violating the foregoing is guilty of reckless driving. The driver of a vehicle, however, need not stop when approaching a school bus if the school bus is stopped on the other roadway of a divided highway, on an access road, or on a driveway when the other roadway, access road, or driveway is separated from the roadway on which he is driving by a physical barrier or an unpaved area. The driver of a vehicle also need not stop when approaching a school bus which is loading or discharging passengers from or onto property immediately adjacent to a school if the driver is directed by a law-enforcement officer or other duly authorized uniformed school crossing guard to pass the school bus. This section shall apply to school buses which are equipped with warning devices prescribed in § 46.2-1090 and are painted yellow with the words “School Bus” in black letters at least eight inches high on the front and rear thereof. Only school buses which are painted yellow and equipped with the required lettering and warning devices shall be identified as school buses.
The testimony of the school bus driver, the supervisor of school buses or a law-enforcement officer that the vehicle was yellow, conspicuously marked as a school bus, and equipped with warning devices as prescribed in § 46.2-1090 is prima facie evidence that the vehicle is a school bus.
IX. VA Code Ann. § 46.2-860
A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who fails to give adequate and timely signals of intention to turn, partly turn, slow down, or stop, as required by Article 6 (§ 46.2-848 et seq.) of this chapter.
X. VA Code Ann. § 46.2-861
A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who exceeds a reasonable speed under the circumstances and traffic conditions existing at the time, regardless of any posted speed limit.
XI. VA Code Ann. § 46.2-862
A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives a motor vehicle on the highways in the Commonwealth (i) at a speed of twenty miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit or (ii) in excess of eighty miles per hour regardless of the applicable maximum speed limit.
XII. VA Code Ann. § 46.2-863
A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who fails to bring his vehicle to a stop immediately before entering a highway from a side road when there is traffic approaching on such highway within 500 feet of such point of entrance, unless (i) a “Yield Right-of-Way” sign is posted or (ii) where such sign is posted, fails, upon entering such highway, to yield the right-of-way to the driver of a vehicle approaching on such highway from either direction.
XIII. VA Code Ann. § 46.2-864
A person is guilty of reckless driving who operates any motor vehicle at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person:
1. On any driveway or premises of a church, school, recreational facility, or business or governmental property open to the public; or
2. On the premises of any industrial establishment providing parking space for customers,
3. On any highway under construction or not yet open to the public
Anthony Montagna, III is trial tested in traffic, DUI, and criminal defense, protecting thousands of people over the years with traffic, DUI, and criminal charges. Anthony and his partners are conveniently located near the courthouses in Norfolk and Newport News, Virginia. Montagna Klein Camden LLP, including Anthony L. Montagna, III, have the experience and knowledge to aggressively defend you in DUI, traffic, or criminal matters. Anthony is determined to provide you the best traffic, DUI and criminal defense. The Norfolk traffic lawyer, Anthony Montagna, III is tough as nails. Anthony will leave no stone uncovered in defending you to the fullest extent of the law, he will provide you with advice that you can trust. When you need a fighter as your Newport News DUI lawyer, traffic or criminal lawyer, call Anthony today at 757-625-3500.
OVER 100 YEARS OF COMBINED LEGAL EXPERIENCE
As a Newport News traffic lawyer, Anthony appears regularly in the Newport News General District Court and Newport News Circuit Court. The clerk for the Newport News General District Court is Kare Routtan. The clerk’s phone number is 757-926-3520, and the facsimile number is 757-926-7024.
The Newport News Circuit Court clerk is Rex Davis. The telephone number for the clerk is 757-926-8561.
While every case is different, the disposition in one case does not guarantee the same disposition for your current case, and the below examples are for information only, some of my recent results are the following:
- Client charged with reckless driving following a motorcycle accident, client found not guilty.
- Client charged with reckless driving, speed over 100 mph, charge reduced to improper driving and a $250.00 fine.
- Client charged with DUI, client found guilty of “wet” reckless driving.
- Client charged with second offense DUI, client found guilty of first offense DUI with no active jail sentence.
- Client charged with suspended operator’s license, client found not guilty.
As a top Newport News traffic lawyer, Anthony Montagna will impress you with his smooth court room presence and skillful command of the case. When you need, the best hire the best. Contact Anthony Montagna, III today. The firm phone number is 757-625-3500.