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In Due Course - Dan the Serene
June 24th, 2010
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In Due Course
2010 Changes to Virginia's laws.

Changes take place July 1st.


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Date:June 24th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks for posting this. I knew about the relevant firearms statutes, but did not know many of the other odds and ends. I especially liked the part about making it such that a HOA can't dictate whether you can display the American Flag or not.
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Date:June 25th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
They produce this document every year in mid-June. If you want to see the earlier ones, go to:

I find it very helpful and invariably end up poking around the VSC to find the actual text of the more interesting changes. For example, I will definitely read more about the "secured container" in the car.
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Date:June 25th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, I should probably read up more on that as well.
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Date:June 25th, 2010 05:24 am (UTC)
I am particularly excited about 46.2-300 where those who have a prior conviction for driving without a valid license end up getting the car they're driving impounded for 3 days. In our area the number of unlicensed/trained/insured and suspended/revoked or all of the above is fairly staggering. I'd say that about 10-20% of the driver's on the road with you at any given moment meet the above criteria.

Hopefully those who don't belong behind the wheel will start getting the message once the cars they're using start racking up huge tow and storage fees.

Take this guy yesterday, passes me by straddling a 3-foot deep ditch at a fairly good speed. Squeezing his car between mine and others by about 1-foot. I invited him to the disco and lo' and behold he has SIX previous No Valid Operator's License convictions, TWO reckless driving charges, and a myriad of other violations.

He was begging me for "one more chance" (after six chances, I'm not sure how many he'll need before the message sinks in).

Had it been July 1 I could have removed him from the road and made things a bit safer for at least three days.
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Date:June 25th, 2010 09:43 am (UTC)
That sounds like a real improvement. I don't like the idea of seizing property permanently for an offense like that, but taking it for a few days and charging them money to get it back sounds like a more effective disincentive than another ticket and send them on their way.

Are there any studies of the ratio of warnings to tickets? While the subject above has certainly racked up the charges, I imagine he got a certain number of warnings as well, particularly in his early days before his convictions started to climb.
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