Reckless Driving in Virginia: The Temporary Return of Sanity to D.C.

Mike DeBonis of the Washington Post reports that on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, the D.C. Council unanimously passed emergency legislation requiring the D.C. DMV to exercise “reasonable discretion” in determining whether to suspend one of its own resident’s driver’s license for merely receiving an out-of-state reckless driving conviction.  “D.C. Council fixes DMV’s reckless driving lunacy.”  The D.C. Council’s legislation is in response to the D.C. DMV’s ridiculous practice of summarily suspending the driver’s licenses of its residents as a result of out-of-state reckless driving convictions, including those incurred in Virginia for merely going 81 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone. See our blog post on the topic at Reckless Driving in Virginia: Beware D.C. Residents.

Unfortunately, the emergency legislation only requires a temporary return of sanity to the D.C. DMV.  Indeed, that legislation will only remain in effect for 90 days after Mayor Vincent Gray signs the bill.  More legislation will be needed to permanently restore some sanity to the D.C. DMV.  So please stay tuned . . .

– Special thanks to our wonderful secretary, Veronica Adams, for her assistance in drafting this post.