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    Thread: What does this mean in Virginia's driving system?

    1. 06-12-2006 02:46 PM #1
      Have this on my driving record:

      Safe Driving Point Balance +02

      I had my VA license for the past 5 years, and only gotten 1 ticket for speeding about 2.5 years ago.

      Any ideas?


    2. 06-12-2006 02:48 PM #2

    3. 06-12-2006 03:04 PM #3
      Cool, thanks. I guess I better not get another ticket for a long time!

    4. 06-12-2006 05:15 PM #4
      Wow, according to this lovely system, driving 85 mph down the interstate is just as bad as killing someone while driving drunk on a suspended license from a previous drunk driving conviction. Now that makes all the sense in the world.

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      06-12-2006 06:20 PM #5
      Then again it is VA we're talking about.
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      06-12-2006 08:25 PM #6
      Quote, originally posted by g60roddo »
      Wow, according to this lovely system, driving 85 mph down the interstate is just as bad as killing someone while driving drunk on a suspended license from a previous drunk driving conviction. Now that makes all the sense in the world.

      I know, I really hate VA traffic laws and the donut holes that enforce them. I generate my fair share of revenue and had a bunch of points on my VA license so I got an out of state license, one far far away, haha.


    7. 06-13-2006 10:41 AM #7
      Quote, originally posted by askibum02 »
      Then again it is VA we're talking about.

      No kidding. I don't understand VA. Why do they need to have the worst laws on every single subject?


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      06-13-2006 11:26 AM #8
      Quote, originally posted by Washington DC »

      No kidding. I don't understand VA. Why do they need to have the worst laws on every single subject?

      Not only the worst laws but the most laws as well, they have a ton its redicoulous!


    9. 06-13-2006 12:52 PM #9
      va > md + dc

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      06-13-2006 01:45 PM #10
      Wake up bigmak, this isn't a dream. This is called real life.
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      06-13-2006 02:06 PM #11
      Had you asked me back in 2000 I would agree with bigmak that I wouldnt mind living in the republic of VA. But after housing prices, traffic, and stupid traffic and tax laws have all trippled I have to say even WV sounds like a better place to live and drive.

    12. 06-13-2006 02:58 PM #12
      dude thats totaly gay lol md needs to have something like that. Then some tickets wouldnt matter just like whatever lol

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      06-13-2006 04:05 PM #13
      why do they cap you at 5 safe driving points when you are allowed to recieve in excess of 10 demerit points in a single stop? that doesnt make sense to me, asssholes.

    14. 06-13-2006 04:49 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by NJRrado »
      why do they cap you at 5 safe driving points when you are allowed to recieve in excess of 10 demerit points in a single stop? that doesnt make sense to me, asssholes.

      I thought you could take the driving school once every 2 years, for 5 good points each time up to a total of 12+ points?


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      06-13-2006 05:05 PM #15
      Quote, originally posted by boostin2002 »
      I thought you could take the driving school once every 2 years, for 5 good points each time up to a total of 12+ points?

      correct


    16. 06-14-2006 03:21 PM #16
      Ive been to driving school 3 times but it was in a 2 year span but i think you only get 2 points back. VA does have crappy laws. 16mph over on I95 is wreckless driving which is jailable gives -6 points and stays on your record for 11 years. Lovely place to drive.

    17. 06-15-2006 10:53 AM #17
      Quote, originally posted by 15degreeburn »
      Ive been to driving school 3 times but it was in a 2 year span but i think you only get 2 points back. VA does have crappy laws. 16mph over on I95 is wreckless driving which is jailable gives -6 points and stays on your record for 11 years. Lovely place to drive.

      I am going to say this is why I moved DC and now I don't drive at all (walk to work) other than driving to Costco in Pentagon City but yeah, DC levels out lameness by its taxes and other stupid laws.


    18. 06-15-2006 11:57 AM #18
      Quote, originally posted by 15degreeburn »
      VA does have crappy laws. 16mph over on I95 is wreckless driving which is jailable gives -6 points and stays on your record for 11 years. Lovely place to drive.
      And the moral of the story is dont speed in VA. It could be worse. I have a buddy that was locked up in NC when he was 16. He was going 10 over the speed limit and didnt have any money to pay the ticket on the spot so the officer took him to the station and they locked him up because they thought he wouldnt pay the $70 fine.

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      06-15-2006 02:27 PM #19
      Quote, originally posted by boostin2002 »
      I thought you could take the driving school once every 2 years, for 5 good points each time up to a total of 12+ points?

      look at the site bigmak posted, i took this right from it:

      "You can accumulate a total of five safe driving points and you may use these safe driving points to offset demerit points."


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      06-15-2006 02:39 PM #20
      Hmmm... I have been thinking about "investing" in one of these driver improvement courses to lower my demerit points, but I have a CDL, so I think I have to take a different class that's probably more expensive. Anyone have any first-hand knowledge on this?

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      06-15-2006 02:47 PM #21
      Quote, originally posted by Washington DC »

      No kidding. I don't understand VA. Why do they need to have the worst laws on every single subject?

      You think twice about going 85+ in VA though, right?


    22. 06-15-2006 02:58 PM #22
      Quote, originally posted by e_andree »

      You think twice about going 85+ in VA though, right?


      80+ or 20 over in VA. 85 and 80 are treated the same.


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      06-15-2006 03:01 PM #23
      Yeah, thats what I meant. I keep it under 80 just for this purpose. Usually put it at 70-75, cuz theres always someone else faster than that in the left lane. (I commute from Frederick to Springfield every day)

    24. 06-15-2006 03:19 PM #24
      Yeah I keep it pegged on 75 because on the highway they dont pull you unless you are over 80.

      But they are there every morning.


    25. 06-15-2006 07:07 PM #25
      where can you look up your points?

    26. 06-15-2006 11:43 PM #26
      va sucks

    27. 06-16-2006 10:24 AM #27
      Quote, originally posted by jff24grd »
      where can you look up your points?
      You have to get a report from the DMV. I think it costs $5 and IIRC you can get it from their website.

    28. 06-16-2006 10:33 AM #28
      means its time to move to MD

    29. 06-16-2006 10:58 AM #29
      Quote, originally posted by NOVAdub »
      You have to get a report from the DMV. I think it costs $5 and IIRC you can get it from their website.

      it's free on the dmv website--just sign in and hunt around.

      and i'll say it again, va > md + dc.


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      06-16-2006 01:17 PM #30
      Quote, originally posted by 15degreeburn »
      80+ or 20 over in VA. 85 and 80 are treated the same.

      Don't go over 90, 1 mph > 90 = 1 day in jail !!!

      I can't count on my hands and feet the times I have exceeded 90 mph.

      Friend : "So you heard about the new law . . . in VA . . about 90mph"
      3uroTra$h : "Wow, so that would be, like, 78 days in jail. F that!"
      Friend : "Yep"

      Not anymore, not worth the trouble . . . .


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      06-16-2006 02:06 PM #31
      Quote, originally posted by 3ur0Tra$h »

      Don't go over 90, 1 mph > 90 = 1 day in jail !!!

      Uhh no it doesnt, it can but it doesnt have to. I always speed and have quite a few tickets. Most all of them reckless driving, highest was 138 in a 65 with just a ticket but I got my license suspended for 6 months when I went to court . Numerous 87, 90, 95, 100, racing, disregaring a highway sign (he didnt clock me but knew I was way over the limit), basically its always going to cost you $$ but not always jail time. Evading police will get you jail...


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