In Fairfax County it is nearly impossible to drive anywhere without coming across a traffic light. Virginia Code §46.2-833 has multiple provisions articulating the laws for traffic lights. Running a red in Fairfax County can be dangerous and it is a common charge. For DMV purposes, it is a 4-point offense and remains on the driving record for 3 years. As a result, to avoid DMV demerit points and increased insurance rates, hiring an attorney can help you avoid these consequences.
Right Turn on Red in Fairfax County
Unless there is a "No Turn on Red" sign, it is legal to make a right turn on red provided a full stop is made. It should be noted, however, that a steady red arrow requires a full stop until the light turns green. Many people come to a Red Light and make a "California Stop" or "Running Stop" thinking there is no traffic approaching. However, many people get cited under §46.2-835 because they do not come to a complete stop before making their right turn on red. This offense is 3-points for DMV purposes and remains on your driving record for 3 years.
You Can Make a Left Turn on Red in Fairfax County (sometimes)
In most cases, a left-turn on red is prohibited in Virginia. However, Virginia Code §46.2-836 allows a left turn on red after coming to a complete stop if the direction you are going is a one-lane highway. Many people do not realize this and simply wait for the red light to turn green. Unless the direction you are going is a one-lane highway, making a left-turn on red is a 3-point offense and remains on your driving record for 3 years.
An Attorney Can Help
We are in traffic court everyday and routinely handle these types of cases. While traffic light offenses are prepayable, most can be negotiated down to a no-point non-moving violation that won't affect your driving record or insurance rates. Remember, prepaying is a guilty plea to the charge and points will be assessed accordingly. Feel free to reach out to us and we would be happy to discuss your case and your available options. In most cases, we can appear for court on your behalf so that you won't have to miss work or other obligations. Our aim to make the case as easy as possible for you while achieving your desired outcome.