Traffic crimes; mandatory minimum fines. (HB161)

Introduced By

Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield) with support from co-patrons Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), and Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Liquidated damage fees paid by abusive drivers. Repeals civil remedial fees and replaces with liquidated damage fees to be paid by all abusive drivers on Virginia highways rather than solely Virginia residents. The bill specifically enumerates those offenses for which the fees shall be paid. The bill also requires the payment of liquidated damage fees on the basis of the accumulation of driver demerit points. The bill provides that a court may suspend the payment of such fees when a person is convicted of driving on a suspended license and the suspension was a result of a failure to pay a fine, DMV fee, or liquidated damage fee. Read the Bill »


03/03/2008: Failed to Pass in Committee


12/21/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 080317404
12/21/2007Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/07/2008Reported from Transportation with substitute (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/07/2008Committee substitute printed 080534404-H1
02/08/2008Reported from Courts of Justice (19-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2008Read first time
02/11/2008Read second time
02/11/2008Committee substitute agreed to 080534404-H1
02/11/2008Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB161H1
02/12/2008Read third time and passed House (82-Y 17-N)
02/12/2008VOTE: --- PASSAGE (82-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Communicated to Senate
02/13/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2008Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/21/2008Rereferred from Transportation (15-Y 0-N)
02/21/2008Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/22/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB161H1)
03/03/2008Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)


Waldo Jaquith writes:

It's noteworthy that bill aims to accomplish precisely the opposite of what so many others are shooting for this session. Albo doesn't seek to eliminate abuser fees but, rather, seeks to broaden their application.

stefan weldon writes:

its a smart bill, it establishes the fact that no matter where you are from, if you come to virginia and break the law you will be punished like everyone else. it doesnt favor anyone and i believe this is how it should be.

Jamie Selden writes:

I plan on putting this info in writing on the back of my car window so the people know what the General Assembly is up to again. I cant believe such lies. They make everyone think that this issue is over and they try to sneak it in again. Everyone needs to speak up now before we go through this mess all over again.

Lumen writes:

I wrote a post on this topic at The Virginian Federalist. I would be interested in seeing what everyone else has to say about this bill.