Failure to Obey a Highway Sign in Prince William County is one of the most commonly issued tickets. Failure to Obey a Highway Sign is a 3-point offense and remains on the Virginia driving record for 3 years. As a moving violation, it does affect DMV points and can affect insurance rates. You have the option to simply prepay the ticket (a guilty plea) or you can hire a traffic lawyer to fight the ticket. We are in court everyday and offer a free consultation to discuss your case to help you decide how best to handle the ticket. Give us a call at 703-273-4100 or use the contact form below.
What is a Highway Sign?
Highway Signs are a system of traffic control devices designed for traffic control. Examples of Highway Signs are road signs such speed limit markers, signs dictating permitted turns, stop signs, etc. Consequently, failure to obey a highway sign under Virginia Code §46.2-830 is a very broad statute encompassing a wide range of driving behavior. In fact, the code simply requires that "All drivers shall obey lawfully erected traffic control devices." As a result, police officers write failure to obey highway sign charges in a wide array of driving instances.
In some cases, police officers will write a ticket for failure to obey a highway sign when someone is alleged to have been caught speeding. In most cases this is a lesser charge than a speeding ticket so sometimes we will recommend our client simply prepay the ticket. However, in those cases where our client has a clean driving record, we may still be able to help get the charge reduced or dismissed in Prince William County.
In other cases, we have seen failure to obey highway sign charges for making an improper u-turn, disregarding a red light, or cutting through private property (evasion of traffic control devices). In either case, we still have options.
Fail to Obey a Highway Sign While Resting or Sleeping
Under §46.2-830.1, it illegal to park or stop a vehicle on the shoulder or other area not used for vehicular traffic in order to sleep or rest. However, this is a no-point offense and we will use this statute sometimes in order to negotiate a reduction of the original charge. In those cases where the police officer writes you for this charge, we will generally recommend that you prepay the ticket since it a no-point offense.
If you have been cited for failure to obey a highway sign in Prince William County, feel free to reach out to us. We handle highway sign cases in all Prince William County Localities including the City of Manassas, Manassas Park, Town of Occoquan, Town of Haymarket, the Town of Dumfries. We will let you know whether you should prepay the ticket or if we can help argue for a reduction or dismissal of your charge.