Virginia Code Ann. §46.2-862 is a reckless-driving law that allows as court to impose a sentence of up to twelve (12) months in jail; to suspend driving privileges for up to six (6) months; and a fine of up to $2,500. A conviction for reckless driving is a Class One (1) misdemeanor which is just one level below a felony.
While the potential punishment appears to be unduly burdensome it would come as a surprise to many drivers that reckless driving under the aforementioned statute is defined as driving in excess of 80 miles per hour on an interstate highway. Therefore, driving 81 miles per hour in a seventy mile per hour zone could result in a conviction under this statute.