Drivers in Virginia are being ticketed, and even convicted, for a violation that isn’t actually a crime.
According to a story in the Virginia Lawyers Weekly, local court records show that motorists in several cities have been fined and made to pay court costs for the crime of driving without proof of insurance.
The problem is that driving without proof of insurance is not actually a crime in Virginia. It isn’t even a crime to drive withoutinsurance there if you’ve paid a $500 “uninsured vehicle” fee to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
Alternatively, of course, drivers can carry liability insurance.
Virginia has attempted to make proof of insurance mandatory several times, but a mandate doing so has never passed the state legislation.