Virginia is know for the toughest reckless driving penalties in the country, and Virginia judges certainly do issue jail sentences for offenses that would probably just be traffic citations in other states.
But that doesn’t mean some driving isn’t truly reckless, and may well warrant criminal charges and penalties, as one New Jersey man recently found out.
According to Delmarvanow.com he was sentenced to 10 days in jail for driving 110 mph on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel at 2am, with his wife and small child in the car.
The 17 mile long Chesapeake Bay bridge and tunnel is very narrow, and crosses a large opening of the Chesapeake Bay, between Maryland and Virginia. It can be frightening to drive on at posted speed limits, especially when it is windy.
Doing a buck ten on this narrow bridge, at 2am, sounds terrifying, and extremely dangerous. I think it is reasonable to assume that criminal penalties, and even jail time could be the result, even under New Jersey reckless driving laws, which are nowhere near as strict as Virginia.
I think most people who’ve driven on this bridge before would have to agree that driving that fast there sounds crazy.