Vladimir Putin, the Russian President joked that Russia will meddle in 2020 US elections. He said that Russia will definitely interfere in the 2020 US elections and requested everyone to not let the news out in a stage whisper. Putin was making jokes about the ongoing political crisis in the US sitting on a panel at Russian Energy Week. He shared the stage with the OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo among others.
Putin clearing the air said that Russia has enough problems of their own. “We are engaged in resolving internal problems and are primarily focused on this,” he added. Commenting on the Trump-Ukraine scandal he said that he has not been a president all his life but he knows that any of his conversation from previous life can become public anytime and he proceeds from this. He mentioned that when attempts were made to launch a scandal regarding his meeting with Trump in Helsinki, he directly told the administration to just publish it. “If somebody wants to know something — just publish it, we don’t mind,” he said.
Putin assured that there was nothing that would have compromised President Trump and as far as he understands, there is nothing done out of principle, yet there are certain things that shouldn’t be public. He weighed in the impeachment inquiry repeating Trump’s previous unverified claim of being wiretapped. “They began with this impeachment proceeding. Nixon’s team was wiretapping, listening to their rivals,” Putin said.
The Russian president was also asked how he viewed the last month’s attacks on Saudi Arabian Oil Infrastructure which he condemned but mentioned that they are against shifting the blame on Iran. “We condemn this, but we are against shifting blame on Iran, as there is no evidence for that,” he replied.
Reckless Driving in the State of Virginia
The state of Virginia is strict in its enforcement of laws against reckless driving. According to section 46.2-852 of the Virginia Code, reckless driving is listed as a criminal offense. In addition, the Virginia Code categorizes all driving that endangers the life and property of others as reckless.
Several behaviors that motorists exhibit while behind the wheels can qualify as reckless driving in Virginia. “Reckless driving causes nearly a third of all deaths involving major car accidents, which are more than 13,000 each year,” explains attorney Karin Riley Porter. As a result, you can be charged by an officer and can be found guilty or not guilty by a judge.
Types of Reckless Driving
Reckless driving is in different forms and includes:
1. Driving a vehicle with a mechanical fault
Va. Code § 46.2-853 considers driving a vehicle with faulty brakes as a reckless driving offense. Therefore, if a driver cannot maintain proper vehicle control, the driver will be held liable for reckless driving. However, if a driver could prove that they didn’t have prior knowledge that the vehicle was faulty, it would be possible to avoid conviction.
2. Not giving out the right signals when required
Not giving out a signal while driving on Virginia road is an offense under section 46.2-860 of the Virginia Code. Motorists are required to start signaling 50 feet away from the place they would be turning where the speed limit is not above 35 mph. In situations where the speed limit is above 35 mph, drivers are required to signal 100 feet away from where they would take a turn.
3. Driving alongside another vehicle on a single lane road
In Virginia, driving two vehicles abreast on a one-lane road is considered a reckless driving offense. This rule, however, only applies to vehicles and has no implications on motorcycles and bikes. If found liable, the offender will face charges.
Different Virginia roads are subject to variable speed limits. A driver can face charges for reckless driving if they exceed the speed limit specified by law on each road network. According to the Va. Code §46.2-862, a driver can face convictions for reckless driving if they exceed the specified speed limit by 20 mph or drive above 80 mph.
5. Driving with an impaired view
Some drivers overload their cars or carry passengers who prevent them from seeing all sides of the road. Overloading is most common in trucks. If the passenger’s sitting position in any way obstructs the driver’s view, then the driver can be charged for reckless driving.
6. Racing on Public Property
Section 46.2-865 of the Virginia Code considers car racing on any property that is open to the members of the public without authorization as reckless driving. If found guilty, the state can withdraw the license of the driver for up to six months.
Penalties for Reckless Driving in Virginia
A reckless driving conviction may attract different penalties to the offender, some of which may include:
- A suspension of the driver’s license for six months or more
- Up to one-year jail term
- Fine amounting to $2,500
- Increase in auto insurance
- Ineligibility for car rentals
- Possibility of permanent seizure of vehicle if found guilty of unauthorized car racing
Reckless driving is a severe offense in Virginia. If you are charged with the crime and convicted, it can stay in your driving records for up to 11 years. However, with the help of an experienced Virginia traffic attorney, you can get a lesser charge for the offense.
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