US President Donald Trump has said that he will “take a look” at pardoning the whistleblower Edward Snowden. He was asked during a press conference at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club about pardoning the former US contractor. In his reply, the US President said that he will consider this subject seriously.
Edward Snowden, the former US contractor revealed in the year 2013 about the actions of the US government to spy on its citizens. Snowden fled to Russia after he made the revelations and he is staying in exile in Russia. Now, he has expressed his willingness to return to the United States with a condition to receive a fair trial.
The US president has expressed that he was not in touch with the updates on the current situation of Snowden. Further, he has expressed that he is planning to look deeply into this matter. He said that people are expressing different opinions on this subject.
He has mentioned that some people are asking the US government to give bad treatment to the former US contractor. While the other group of people is treating him differently. In addition to this, he mentioned that he will look into this matter in a strong manner.
What Donald Trump is saying right now is completely different from his statement during the 2016 presidential campaign. In the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump called Snowden a traitor and promised people to deal with him in a harsh manner.
Snowden leaked the information to show that the National Security Agency (NSA) was playing with the privacy of US citizens. After his statement, the US government accused him of endangering national security and put espionage charges against him. And he even failed to get pardoned by the former US president, Barack Obama.
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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