Ever seen one of those car racing movies and just got an itch to press down the gas pedal and go? Unfortunately, in real life, if you do that you’ll end up receiving a ticket, at best, or hurting someone and spending some jail time at worst. Fun as it may seem in real life, reckless driving can have catastrophic consequences on both people and roads. Virginia is one of those counties you won’t like getting caught speeding in; their rules are strict and the fines are huge. You can also easily get your license suspended for a long time.
Why people drive recklessly
Believe it or not, movies had a great impact on this specific dilemma. There were studies held that show that there was a huge increase in both the number of speeding tickets and the speed in which the drivers were going, following a Fast and Furious release. There were also cases of extreme speeding –– going 40 mph over the speed limit –– associated with the hit franchise. So can a movie franchise really affect people’s behavior? Apparently, yes it can. People get affected by what they view on the big screen, and it’s not the first time a study or theory link the dots.
“There were also cases of extreme speeding –– going 40 mph over the speed limit –– associated with the hit franchise.”
There were other studies proving that violent behavior in certain countries decreased after the release of a gory video game –– apparently people got an outlet for their violent tendencies –– and countless others of different associations. So, yes, people are that much affected by Vin Diesel’s cool character and co., and they often get involved in practices that are unrealistic as they are dangerous.
Reckless driving in Virginia
Virginia is one of the stricter counties when it comes to reckless driving offenses. If you go over the speed limit by 10 mph, for instance, you’d be most likely charged with reckless driving. In most cases, Virginia reckless driving can have legal repercussions for which you’ll need professional help to get out of fine or even worse, jail time. There’s also the possibility of having your driver’s license suspended, which for many people is as bad as spending jail time.
Is it really worth it?
You need to ask yourself this, is it really worth it to drive as fast as you do? People sometimes go over the speed limit by ridiculous numbers, but at the end of the day that would do more harm than good. You might reach your destination 10 or 20 minutes faster than you intended, but is risking your life as well as the lives of others worth being early a few minutes? You’d find the answer is always no.
“You’d also be doing yourself a favor if you reminded yourself that the driving you see in movies is choreographed.”
Take your time and drive slowly because, in this particular one, prevention is much, much better than cure. You’d also be doing yourself a favor if you reminded yourself that the driving you see in movies is choreographed. You can’t jump from one building to building using your car; that only happens in movies and no real person can do that. So drive safely and forget about all tricks and stunts you see in movies; they aren’t really. And when you get to your destination in one piece, you’ll be grateful you elected to ignore what happens in the cinema.