DISCLAIMER: I am a lifelong New England Patriots fan. I don’t like the New York Giants, especially since 2007 when the Giants beat the greatest football team ever despite Eli Manning. So when I saw that Kyle Lauletta was charged in New York I did some quick digging since he played football in Virginia. Also, I cannot say with 100 percent certainty that the Kyle James Lauletta (from Exton, PA) convicted in Fairfax General District Court in 2017 is the SAME Kyle Lauletta who plays for the New York Giants. On the Fairfax court website it lists the birthday as “03/17/****” and while MANY websites list Kyle Lauletta’s birthday as March 17, 1995 others such as NFL.com list it as November 27, 1995 as well as ESPN.com.
Kyle Lauletta was Charged with Reckless Driving by Speed 84 mph in a 55 mph zone, but Convicted of Fail to Obey a Highway Sign
Let’s keep this in context, 84 mph is not a very high speed and Mr. Lauletta was not convicted of that charge. He was technically charged with reckless driving by speed, which is a misdemeanor. Under Virginia law, anything OVER 80 mph, or 20 mph or more over the limit may be charged as reckless driving by speed.
Mr. Lauletta was charged with that offense. That is not a very high speed compared with other athletes like former Washington Nationals player Jason Werth who was convicted of driving 105 mph in a 55 mph zone in Fairfax. Jason Werth was convicted and spent time in jail for doing that.
Mr. Lauletta was presumed innocent prior to trial and he was only found guilty of a minor traffic infraction, fail to obey a highway sign. Fail to obey a highway sign is a minor traffic infraction and not a misdemeanor and not reckless driving. That said, take it easy on the roads Kyle Lauletta. If paying court fines and costs doesn’t slow you down, the NEW ENGLAND DEFENSE WILL.
Here is the text of the law:
§ 46.2-830. Uniform traffic control devices on highways; drivers to obey traffic control devices; enforcement of section.
All drivers of vehicles shall obey lawfully erected traffic control devices.
No provision of this section relating to the prohibition of disobeying traffic control devices or violating local traffic control devices shall be enforced against an alleged violator if, at the time and place of the alleged violation, any such traffic control device is not in proper position and sufficiently legible to be seen by an ordinarily observant person.
The public Virginia website to search for case information is HERE: https://eapps.courts.state.va.us/gdcourts/captchaVerification.do?landing=landing