NOTE: Motorists should never attempt to stop, confront, and/or follow an aggressive driver while awaiting police response.
Dial #77 on a cellular telephone. This is the most effective means to report a reckless and dangerous driver to the Virginia State Police. Provide a vehicle description, license number, location and, if possible, direction of travel. Every effort will be made to dispatch a trooper to the location to witness the driver’s behavior and take appropriate enforcement action.
If a cell phone is not available, Virginia State Police maintain toll-free telephone numbers (Office Locations) throughout the state for use by travelers to notify our Emergency Communication Centers/Dispatch of incidents and significant events including dangerous drivers on the highway.
Under Virginia law, a police officer must witness a misdemeanor aggressive/reckless driving offense or has reasonable suspicion to stop a vehicle. You may need to give your name and additional information to a dispatcher in order for a law enforcement officer to take appropriate enforcement action if the law enforcement officer does not witness the driving behavior firsthand. If you are the only witness, any action taken against the driver of the other vehicle must be initiated by you. Taking this action would require that you secure a warrant for the person who committed the violation of Virginia’s traffic laws. In order to accomplish this, you must first be able to identify the driver of the other vehicle and be willing to testify in court regarding the violation.
What to do if you encounter an aggressive/reckless driver:
Smooth Operator Program - a public safety initiative, which aims to provide education, information and solutions for the problem of aggressive driving. http://www.smoothoperatorprogram.com/materials/2005/Brochure.pdf
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Aggressive Drivers Brochure:
Virginia State Police employees cannot give legal advice, nor interpret the law for members of the public. Information within this Web site is provided for general guidance purposes only and may not apply to all factual situations. Persons needing legal advice may contact the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service at 1-800-552-7977 for referral to a private attorney for consultation at a nominal fee.