D.C. Council to consider reckless driving changes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council is back to work following a 2-month recess and will take up bills including a change in the way the district punishes residents for reckless driving.

Some residents have lost their licenses for what they consider simple speeding infractions committed in other states, especially Virginia.

Some highways in Virginia have 70-mph speed limits, but the state considers driving over 80 mph to be reckless driving.

In Virginia, motorists cited for reckless driving get a fine and points on their license.

But the district treats reckless driving as a much more serious offense that triggers automatic revocation of a driver's license.

The bill being considered at Wednesday's legislative session would bring the district's penalties for reckless driving in line with other jurisdictions.