June 4, 2022

Speeding

What are the different types of speeding violations in Virginia?

Speeding tickets are no fun. If you find yourself holding a speeding ticket, you may want to simply pay the fine or explore other options. Driving Defense Law will help you navigate these options so that your speeding ticket doesn’t result in a long-term consequence.

Virginia defines several types of speeding violations. Including:

Speeding Generally over the Speed Limit$6 per
Speeding School Buses over the Speed Limit $6 per
Speeding Special Permit Vehicles over the Speed Limit $6 per
Speeding in School Zone over the Speed Limit $7 per
Speeding in Business/Residential Districts per mph over the Speed Limit $6 per
Speeding Passenger Vehicles with Trails over the Speed Limit $6 per
Exceeding Speed Limit Set by DOT over the Speed Limit $6 per
Speeding in a Work Zone over the Speed Limit $7 per
Speeding Certain Residential Zone (+ $8 per) $200
Speeding in Certain Bridges/Tunnels over the Speed Limit$6 per

Processing Fees/Court Costs of Speeding in Virginia

  • $62.00 for the first charge
  • $11 for each additional charge with the same court date
  • The worst maximum fine is $250 in addition to the $62 processing fee.
  • If the driver does not prepay the speeding ticket and does not appear in court there is an additional $35 fee.

A conviction on a basic speeding ticket normally amounts to a fine and a court fee. The fines are broken down above. However, you should know that a speeding ticket will also get you demerit points on your driving record. The number of points depends on the severity of speeding.

Demerit Points – Virginia DMV

Demerit points are assigned when you are convicted of a traffic violation. Each time that you commit a traffic offense, the DMV adds demerit points to your record. Different violations amount to different point assignments.

If you are convicted of a traffic violation, the court will notify the Department of Motor Vehicles who then:

  1. Posts the conviction to your driving record
  2. Assigns demerit points
  3. (if applicable) issues an order of suspension
  4. (if applicable) issues an order requiring the completion of a driver improvement clinic
  5. Notifies your insurance company

Note: Demerit points can also be added to your record for traffic convictions incurred in other states

Breakdown of Demerit Points

(the number of years that the conviction stays on your DMV record is in parentheses)

Speeding 1-9 mph above the posted speed limit (5 years) 3 points
Impeding traffic – slow speed (5 years) 3 points
Speeding 10-19 mph above the posted speed limit (5 years) 4 points
Speeding more than 20 mph over the limit (can stay for up to 11 years)6 points

Virginia Code

46.2-870 Maximum Speed Limits Generally – § 46.2-870. Maximum speed limits generally (virginia.gov) 
46.2-878.3 Prepayment of fines for violations of speed limits – § 46.2-878.3. Prepayment of fines for violations of speed limits (virginia.gov)
  • Fine of $6 per mile per hour in excess of posted speed limits
  • Fine of $7 per mile per hour in excess of posted speed limits for violation of 46.2-873 (school crossing zone) and 46.2-878.1 (highway work zone)
  • Fine of + $8 per mile per hour in excess of posted speed limits for a violation of 46.2-878.2 (the maximum speed limit in certain residence districts of counties, cities, and towns). The $8 per is an addition to a $200 fine.
  • Any person who drives in excess of 80 miles per hour but less than 86 miles per hour on any highway having a speed limit of 65 miles per hour is subject to an additional $100 fine
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