A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who fails to bring his vehicle to a stop immediately before entering a highway from a side road when there is traffic approaching on such highway within 500 feet of such point of entrance, unless (i) a yield sign is posted or (ii) where such sign is posted, fails, upon entering such highway, to yield the right-of-way to the driver of a vehicle approaching on such highway from either direction.
Under this law, the police officer must be able to prove that you were driving on a side road and failed to stop or yield before entering a road with another vehicle on it approaching you within 500 feet. This law punishes you for cutting off another vehicle when entering from a side road. If you are entering from a side road and there is another vehicle on the road you intend to turn onto and that vehicle is within 500 feet of you, you must either stop or yield. If the side road does not have a stop or yield sign, you must come to a complete stop before entering that road. If the side road has a stop sign, you must come to a complete stop no matter what, even if no other vehicle is approaching you. If the side road has a yield sign, you must simply yield to the right-of-way before entering the road.
For example, it is considered Reckless Driving By Failure To Stop/Yield To Right-Of-Way in Virginia if you are on a side road that does not have a stop or yield sign and you fail to stop when turning onto a road with another vehicle on it approaching you 250 feet away.
By Michael Huff, Esq.
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