A video shot back in 2009 that has recently been making the rounds on YourTube has authorities in Arizona upset. The video depicts a $2 million Buggatti Veyron luxury car being driven at high speeds out on the open road near the Mexican border. How fast? The author of the YouTube clip claims that the Veyron made seven runs topping 200 miles per hour.
Now the Veyron unquestionably is made for this kind of high speed driving but Arizona police are insisting that their highways aren’t.
Bart Graves, an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman told Reuters, “We have these clowns do this from time to time… They don’t care about what could happen. They just want to toot their own horn… If he’s rich enough to own a car like this, he’s rich enough to rent a racetrack in Tucson or Phoenix… The fact is, this is a criminal act.”
While they can complain, it is not clear what other recourse Arizona authorities have in the matter. Since the taped incident took place in 2009, it is likely that the statute of limitations has run its course (in Virginia the time limit on misdemeanors like reckless driving is 1 year). The authors of the video also claims that the footage was shot in Mexico, rather than stateside making the jurisdiction of Arizon law enforcement questionable.
While it appears that no one was hurt in this particular incident (the author of the video claims “No birds, reptiles or mammals were harmed”) it is common sense that excessive speed is extremely dangerous and driving like this on roads in Virginia would put yourself and others at risk. We see plenty of young people posting pictures of speedometers pegged well over 8 miles per hour on places like Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook.
This is a bad, bad idea.
These photos can be connected to you user name or email. This information can be compelled by law enforcement and connected with your other personal details. When that happens those “bragging rights” photos that you have shared online can come back to haunt you as evidence that will be used against you if you are ever caught for speeding.
Reckless driving in Virginia is serious and severe.
Being clocked at 20 miles over the limit means a trip to court and, if convicted of a reckless driving charge, a permanent criminal record. The Gordon Law Firm has helped thousands in Virginia fight to have reckless driving charges reduced and it doesn’t help matters if your online profile is full of pictures of you exceeding the speed limit.