DC Council Approves Changes to Reckless Driving Consequences

Some D.C. residents have lost their licenses for speeding tickets issued in other states, especially Virginia

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    The D.C. Council has approved a bill that would prevent residents from getting their driver's licenses revoked for what they say are simple speeding tickets in other states.

    Some District residents have lost their licenses for speeding tickets issued in other states, especially Virginia. Some highways in the Commonwealth have 70-mph speed limits, but the state considers driving over 80 mph to be reckless driving.

    Proponents of the new bill say that the previous situation could result in drivers losing their licenses for driving as little as 11 mph over the limit.

    The new bill bars the District from automatically revoking licenses after a reckless driving citation. It brings D.C.'s penalties for reckless driving in line with other jurisdictions.

    It was approved Wednesday on an emergency basis, which means it will be effective for 90 days after Mayor Vincent Gray signs it. A hearing is scheduled for Friday on a bill to make the changes permanent.