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Virginia to Strictly Enforce “Stopping” at Stop Signs, Among Others

Recently traffic violation rates have been increasing and the Stop sign violation rate has been increasing in Northern Virginia. According to Fairfax County Government News, new traffic laws have taken effect from July 1, 2023. “Drivers must stop for pedestrians at clearly marked crosswalks, any regular pedestrian crossings, or any intersections where the speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less. In 2020, the General Assembly passed legislation requiring drivers in Virginia to stop for pedestrians in these areas, stating “yield” now means “stop”. This law clarifies this language and makes it clear that localities authorized to install such signs can do so, helping to avoid confusion among drivers (who are required to stop for pedestrians under state law, but are confronted by street signs that continue to say “yield”). SB 1069

The “Move Over” law was expanded so drivers must now change lanes or slow down, when possible, for all stopped vehicles on the side of a road with flashing lights or flares. HB 1932

This law adds contractors to the list of those able to act on behalf of the county to remove illegal signs from the state-maintained right-of-way. HB 1587″

The state law for traffic violations differs from state to state. In some states, the speed limit is 65 mph, some state is 70 on the freeway. It varies depending on where you live. The strictest traffic violation laws are in Alaska and Oregon. In Virginia, ignoring the Stop sign, failing to obey the Stop sign, or violating red lights can lead to a fine of $250 and $350 maximum. If you are a convicted motorist, $101 for a red light citation and $88 for a stop sign ticket.
In Virginia, failure to obey the Highway sign will add a demerit point to the driver’s record, and insurance premiums will go up. Some drivers who make a living from driving may lose their jobs due to the demerit points on their record for at least 2 years at the DMV.

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