Often completing a Driver Improvement or Driving School class is important for your Reckless Driving or Speeding case. Sometimes you may want to proactively complete a Driving School case in anticipation for trial and other times a judge may order that you complete a class in order for your case to be reduced or dismissed.
In Virginia, there are two types of Driving School classes that may be appropriate: a regular eight (8) hour class and an aggressive twelve (12) hour course.
This eight (8) hour class can be completed either in-person or online. However, certain jurisdictions may have a requirement that the course be completed in-person so give us a call if you have questions about which option to take for your case.
The course covers a wide range of topics including traffic laws, driving safety, the points system, DMV guidelines, and safe driving techniques. At the end of the class, you will be required to take a test that covers what you learned.
Courts typically do not have a preference on which course to take as long as it is a DMV-approved course and is eight hours long. When you complete an online class, you do not have to take the entire class in one sitting.
If you are an out-of-state driver looking to take a class for your case here in Virginia, make sure that you select a Virginia course, not the course for your home state.
The class I typically recommend for online completion is Safe2Drive.
Reckless / Aggressive Driver Education Program (RADEP) is a twelve (12) hour in-person aggressive driver improvement class offered through Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP).
The course is located at VASAP office throughout Virginia and typically consists of two separate courses, one eight hour regular driving school component and one four hour aggressive driving component.
Classes are usually held on the weekends and evenings. If you are required to register for the class by the court, I highly encourage you to sign up as soon as the judge refers you to RADEP. The courses are offered infrequently and have limited spots available. Typically the judges do not grant continuances for more time to complete RADEP.
This is a twelve (12) hour course offered by the National Traffic Safety Institute (NTSI) out of Florida. Most courts here in Virginia will accept this version of aggressive driving school unless you are specifically referred to RADEP by the court.