WHAT IS RECKLESS DRIVING IN VIRGINIA?

What is the Reckless Driving law in Virginia? Reckless Driving is a criminal traffic offense in Virginia, punished as a Class 1 Misdemeanor.

Under Virginia law 46.2-862, anyone driving in Virginia is guilty of Reckless Driving when operating a motor vehicle on a Virginia road either: at a speed of 20 MPH or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit, or at a speed of more than 85 MPH (regardless of the applicable maximum speed limit).

The maximum penalties in Virginia for Reckless Driving include:

  • a 12-month jail sentence
  • a $2,500.00 fine
  • 6 months suspension of your driver’s license
  • 6 points on a Virginia DMV record

Virginia Reckless Driving Ticket

If your speed was either 20 miles over the speed limit, or if you were going at a speed over 85 miles per hour, then your “speeding ticket” may actually be a Virginia Uniform Summons for Reckless Driving – a Virginia misdemeanor offense. What appears to be a regular speeding ticket at first glance may be much more than just points on your driving record. That yellow ticket that you signed may actually be an alternative version of an arrest for reckless driving. RECKLESS DRIVING ISN’T YOUR EVERYDAY SPEEDING TICKET. In Virginia, Reckless Driving is punished as a Class 1 Misdemeanor – that’s the same level of penalty in Virginia as a DUI, Assault charge, or Larceny charge.


ALEXANDRIA, FAIRFAX, AND ARLINGTON

Criminal Reckless Driving may be alternatively charged as:

While it appears that the numbers are different, they all point to the same penalties and criminal designation.


FIRST OFFENSE RECKLESS DRIVING

First-time reckless driving offenders get consideration for being first-time offenders, their lack of speeding history during sentencing and plea bargaining negotiations between the defense attorney and prosecutor. However, it is important to understand that prior speeding tickets and poor driving records, even though non-criminal in nature, are considered by the prosecutors and judges to elevate penalties. Please consult with an attorney about your particular case factors to better gauge an appropriate sentence range expectation.


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This article is written by award-winning Virginia Reckless Driving defense attorney Marina Medvin, who defends Reckless Driving charges in Alexandria, Fairfax, Arlington, Vienna and Falls Church. Please call for a reckless driving attorney consultation request. 

Ms. Medvin is also a co-author of Defense of Serious Traffic Cases in Virginia, a Virginia law text for practicing attorneys, encompassing the defense of Virginia reckless driving offenses

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Penalty Table for Reckless Driving Charges in Virginia

OffenseCrimeMax JailMax License
Suspension
Max Fine
Reckless Driving
Va 46.2-852
Misdemeanor12 months6 months$2,500
Reckless Driving
Va 46.2-862
Misdemeanor12 months6 months$2,500
Federal
Reckless Driving
Misdemeanor6 months12 months$5,000
Reckless Driving by Speed 100 MPH Results in $100 Fine, No Jail

Fairfax, Virginia Reckless Driving Defense Attorney Case Result A misdemeanor charge of Reckless Driving, Va Code 46.2-862, for speeding 100 MPM in Fairfax County, VA resulted in no jail time and no license suspension, only a $100 fine. Related felony drug charge resulted in dismissal and related DUI with elevated [...]

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Reckless Driving 108 MPH in Fairfax VA Results in No Jail Time

FAIRFAX, VA RECKLESS DRIVING DEFENSE ATTORNEY CASE RESULT: A misdemeanor charge of Reckless Driving, Va Code 46.2-862, for speeding over 100 MPM (108 MPH by pace) in Fairfax County, VA resulted in no jail time, a $250 fine, and 3 months loss of driving privileges. Read more about Fairfax Reckless [...]

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Misdemeanor Reckless Driving 92 MPH Charge DROPPED for Insufficient Evidence

FAIRFAX, VA RECKLESS DRIVING DEFENSE ATTORNEY CASE RESULT: A misdemeanor charge of Reckless Driving, Va Code 46.2-862, for speeding 92 MPH in Fairfax County, VA resulted in dropped charges for insufficient evidence to prosecute. All penalties were accordingly avoided. Read more about Fairfax Reckless Driving Law here: Virginia Reckless Driving [...]

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Reckless Driving in the Pentagon Reservation on Boundary Channel Drive DISMISSED

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Fairfax Virginia Reckless Driving Charge DROPPED

FAIRFAX, VA RECKLESS DRIVING DEFENSE ATTORNEY CASE RESULT: A misdemeanor charge of Reckless Driving, Va Code 46.2-862, for speeding 85 MPH in a 55 MPH in Fairfax County, VA resulted in DROPPED charges. Read more about Fairfax Reckless Driving Law here: Virginia Reckless Driving 46.2-862 / 46.2-852 Misdemeanor Speeding Laws, [...]

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Reckless Driving 108/55 in Fairfax County – No Jail time

FAIRFAX, VA RECKLESS DRIVING DEFENSE ATTORNEY CASE RESULT: A misdemeanor charge of Reckless Driving, Va Code 46.2-862, for speeding 108 MPH in a 55 MPH in Fairfax County, VA resulted in no jail time for a first-time offense. The offense was punished by an agreed-upon fine and temporary loss of [...]

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Virginia Reckless Driving 118/55 Results in NO JAIL

FAIRFAX, VA RECKLESS DRIVING DEFENSE ATTORNEY CASE RESULT: Repeat offender charged with class 1 misdemeanor Reckless Driving for speeding 118 MPH in a 55 MPH area was able to walk away without a jail sentence. Read more about Fairfax Reckless Driving Law here: Virginia Reckless Driving 46.2-862 / 46.2-852 Misdemeanor [...]

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Arlington VA Reckless Driving Charge REDUCED to Citation

ARLINGTON, VA RECKLESS DRIVING DEFENSE LAWYER CASE RESULT: First offense, class 1 misdemeanor Reckless Driving for speeding more than 20 MPH over the limit was REDUCED to Improper Driving, a non-criminal traffic violation with minimum DMV points, punished with a $75 fine. Read more about Fairfax Reckless Driving Law here: [...]

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Alexandria VA Reckless Driving by Speed Charge DISMISSED

ALEXANDRIA, VA RECKLESS DRIVING ATTORNEY CASE RESULT: Reckless Driving by Speed 24 MPH over the limit was DISMISSED. City of Alexandria General District Court at 520 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. Read more about Virginia Reckless Driving Law here: Virginia Reckless Driving 46.2-862 / 46.2-852 Misdemeanor Speeding Laws, Penalties and Defenses Read [...]

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Misdemeanor Reckless Driving 100 MPH REDUCED to Citation, NO JAIL

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Virginia First Offense Reckless Driving 20+ MPH Over The Limit REDUCED

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City of Alexandria Reckless Driving Over 20 MPH REDUCED

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Reckless Driving Charge 46.2-852 DISMISSED

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Misdemeanor Reckless Driving 82/55 on I495 REDUCED to No Point Infraction

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Reckless Driving General For Collision REDUCED To No-Point Citation

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Misdemeanor Reckless Driving 89/55 in Fairfax Virginia REDUCED to Ticket

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA DEFENSE ATTORNEY CASE RESULT: Class 1  misdemeanor charge of Reckless Driving 89 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, a jailable criminal offense under Va Law 46.2-862, resulted in a REDUCTION and AMENDMENT of the charge to a speeding citation for at a reduced speed, punished by a fine, [...]

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Federal Reckless Driving on GW Parkway DISMISSED

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Reckless Driving 30 MPH Over REDUCED to Speeding 1 Mile Over

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA MISDEMEANOR charge of Reckless Driving 75 MPH in a 45 MPH zone, 30 MPH over the limit, a jailable misdemeanor offense under Va Law 46.2-862, resulted in a REDUCTION and AMENDMENT to a speeding citation for 1 MPM over the limit. Read more about Virginia Reckless Driving Law [...]

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Misdemeanor Reckless Driving Charge REDUCED to non-criminal Traffic Infraction in Alexandria Virginia

ALEXANDRIA VIRGINIA CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY CASE RESULT: Class 1 Misdemeanor Reckless Driving by speed 77/55  (Virginia Code 46.2-862) was reduced to a 3 point driving infraction – improper driving with a $75 fine. An additional charge of Operating an Uninspected Vehicle was dropped. Read more about Virginia Reckless Driving Law here: [...]

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Virginia Misdemeanor Reckless Driving By Speed 90/55 REDUCED to non-criminal Traffic Infraction

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Reckless Driving 46.2-859 Stopped School Bus Charge REDUCED

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA Class 1 misdemeanor charge of Reckless Driving for Passing a Stopped School Bus, a jailable offense under Virginia law 46.2-859, was REDUCED to a traffic infraction. § 46.2-859. Passing a stopped school bus; prima facie evidence. A person driving a motor vehicle shall stop such vehicle when approaching, from [...]

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Virginia Reckless Driving 46.2-862 Charges DROPPED for Insufficient Evidence

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA: Reckless Driving by Speed over 20 MPH in Old Town Alexandria, a traffic misdemeanor charge under VA Law 46.2-862 and Alexandria Code 10-3-862, resulted in DROPPED charges due to insufficient evidence. Client was able to walk away with a completely clean record. City of Alexandria General District Court [...]

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Alexandria Federal Reckless Driving on GW Parkway Charges DISMISSED

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA Clients who were represented by Federal Reckless Driving defense attorney Marina Medvin this month all received DISMISSALS of their Reckless Driving charges. All clients had speeds above 70/40 on the GW Parkway in Alexandria, with some clients reaching speeds of 89. Clients walked away with speeding tickets and [...]

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Alexandria Reckless Driving Charges DROPPED

ALEXANDRIA, VA: RECKLESS DRIVING by Speeding 65 MPH in a 25 MPH zone in Old Town Alexandria, a traffic misdemeanor charge under VA Law 46.2-862 and Alexandria Code 10-3-862, resulted in DROPPED charges. Client was able to walk away with a completely clean record. City of Alexandria General District Court [...]

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Arlington VA Reckless Driving 94 MPH results in NO JAIL Time

ARLINGTON, VA RECKLESS DRIVING DEFENSE ATTORNEY CASE RESULT: A misdemeanor charge of Reckless Driving by Speeding 94 MPH in Arlington County, a criminal jailable offense under VA Law 46.2-862, resulted in NO JAIL time. Arlington County judges normally order 1-2 days in jail for every mile that a driver speeds [...]

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Alexandria Reckless Driving 62/25 REDUCED to Speeding 1MPH Over

ALEXANDRIA, VA: RECKLESS DRIVING by Speeding 62 MPH in a 25 MPH zone in Old Town Alexandria, a traffic misdemeanor charge under VA Law 46.2-862 and Alexandria Code 10-3-862, resulted in an amendment and reduction of the charge to a speeding infraction at the reduced speed of 1-9 MPH over, [...]

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VA Reckless Driving 100MPH – NO JAIL

FAIRFAX, VA: Reckless Driving 100 MPH over the limit, a jailable misdemeanor offense under Va Law 46.2-862, resulted in NO JAIL TIME. Instead, client’s driving privileges in Virginia were suspended for 3 months, but his out-of-state driver’s license was unaffected outside of Virginia. Client was also sentenced to pay a [...]

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VA Reckless Driving REDUCED & AMENDED to Speeding 1 MPH Over

ALEXANDRIA, VA: RECKLESS DRIVING by Speed, for driving 20 MPH over the speed limit in Old Town Alexandria, a traffic misdemeanor charge under VA Law 46.2-862 and Alexandria Code 10-3-862, resulted in an amendment and reduction of the charge to a speeding infraction at the reduced speed of 1-9 MPH [...]

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VA Grand Larceny Auto Results in NO JAIL TIME

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA: Felony Grand Larceny Auto charge for stealing a vehicle in Virginia, and related Reckless Driving charge for crashing that vehicle while going the wrong way on a one-way road, resulted in NO JAIL TIME. The client was sentenced to probation and probationary conditions. Read more about Virginia Larceny [...]

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Out of State Drivers Charged in Virginia

Out of state drivers are charged with a Reckless Driving misdemeanor in offenses in Virginia no differently than Virginia drivers. While criminal and traffic laws vary from state to state, each driver is responsible for knowing and following the criminal and traffic laws of every state that he/she drives into. Thus, having an out of state driver’s license or being from out of state is not a defense to Reckless Driving in Virginia.Virginia Reckless Driving

WILL I GO TO JAIL FOR RECKLESS DRIVING?

It depends on your speed and on the city or county in which you are charged. Going above 90 MPH will usually make you a candidate for jail time. Driving above 100 MPH is usually a sure thing for jail time. In a famous case in 2006, a law student who was driving 126 MPH went to jail to 12 days (full story on Washington Post web site). Other factors which may lend you in jail would be your behavior with the police officer, other circumstances leading up to ticket, and your criminal record and traffic history. Prior speeding tickets on your record will usually indicate a general and escalating disregard for the law and may result in jail time on a reckless ticket. Some examples of our clients avoiding jail time and some having to serve jail time for high-speed offenses can be found here.


CONSEQUENCES OF A RECKLESS DRIVING CONVICTION

This offense has been reported as serious to their employment or work circumstances by clients in the following industries: military (Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force), civilian-military employment, students applying to Universities, college students on scholarships, individuals engaged in government contracts employment, individuals obtaining / maintaining a security clearance, admission to a state bar for lawyers, and law enforcement / police officer employment, amongst others. Individuals with these concerns should discuss the implication with their attorneys.


SHOULD I GET A LAWYER FOR MY RECKLESS DRIVING CHARGE?

While no one would plead guilty to a DUI / DWI (probably because it is a more popular or commercial crime) drivers unintentionally plead guilty to Reckless Driving, a crime of the same criminal magnitude as a DUI, on a much more frequent basis. Due to the serious nature of a VA Reckless Driving offense, it is important to fight the “ticket” for Reckless Driving in court, and not just pay it when you get home. By paying the Reckless Driving “ticket” before your court date, you are actually pleading guilty to the Class 1 Misdemeanor offense. The first thing that you should do after you get home is call a lawyer and discuss the details of your case. Your circumstances may make you eligible for various punishment reductions and charge reductions, and if you are really lucky, maybe even dismissal of the charge or a non-prosecution of the charge! Additionally, trying to represent yourself without a lawyer is strongly discouraged as the legal background that lawyers have on these laws and the experience with trial rules creates an incomparable advantage to self-representation.


WHAT ARE DEFENSES TO A RECKLESS DRIVING CHARGE?

This crime, like any other, must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a courtroom. Defenses include insufficient testimony from the police or other witnesses, improper calibration of lidar or radar, improper testing of lidar or radar, expired certification of the lidar or radar, amongst others. Plea offers include breaking down the charge to simple speeding, improper driving, or dismissing it all together.


CAR ACCIDENT RESULTING IN RECKLESS DRIVING TICKET

Police officers and state troopers who show up at the scene of an accident after it took place will frequently write Reckless Driving tickets. The problem with these in court is that officers almost never have sufficient evidence to actually get a judge to convict the accused of the offense. The evidence of a vehicle accident, on its own, is insufficient for a conviction. If this situation applies to you, make sure to consult with a lawyer immediately.


LIST OF ALL VARIATIONS OF THE VIRGINIA RECKLESS DRIVING OFFENSES

1) The most common charge is for “Reckless Driving by Speed.” This charge applies to speeding 20 miles over the speed limit and/or driving above 85 miles per hour in Virginia. This is charged under Virginia VA Code Section 46.2-862 and is explained above.

2) The second most common charge in Virginia is for “Reckless Driving Generally.” This charge applies to the manner of your driving and is evaluated by whether your driving manner endangered either a person or property. This is charged under Virginia VA Code Section 46.2-852.

3) “Reckless Driving – Driving vehicle which is not under control” is another Reckless Driving charge. This charge applies to anyone driving in Virginia who drives a vehicle which is not under proper control or which has inadequate or improperly adjusted brakes. This is charged under Virginia VA Code Section 46.2-853.

4) “Reckless Driving – Passing on or at the crest of a grade or on a curve” is another Reckless Driving charge. This charge applies to anyone driving in Virginia who, while driving a vehicle, overtakes and passes another vehicle proceeding in the same direction, on or approaching the crest of a grade or on or approaching a curve in the highway, where the driver’s view along the highway is obstructed, except where the overtaking vehicle is being operated on a highway having two or more designated lanes of roadway for each direction of travel or on a designated one-way roadway or highway. This is charged under Virginia VA Code Section 46.2-854.

5) “Reckless Driving – Driving with driver’s view obstructed or control impaired” is another Reckless Driving charge. This charge applies to anyone driving in Virginia who drives a vehicle when it is so loaded, or when there are in the front seat such number of persons, as to obstruct the view of the driver to the front or sides of the vehicle or to interfere with the driver’s control over the driving mechanism of the vehicle. This is charged under Virginia VA Code Section 46.2-855.

6) “Reckless Driving – Passing two vehicles abreast” is another Reckless Driving charge. This charge applies to anyone driving in Virginia who passes or attempts to pass two other vehicles abreast, moving in the same direction, except on highways having separate roadways of three or more lanes for each direction of travel, or on designated one-way streets or highways. This is charged under Virginia VA Code Section 46.2-856.

7) “Reckless Driving – Driving two abreast in a single lane” is another Reckless Driving charge. This charge applies to anyone driving in Virginia who drives any motor vehicle, including any motorcycle, so as to be abreast of another vehicle in a lane designed for one vehicle, or drives any motor vehicle, including any motorcycle, so as to travel abreast of any other vehicle traveling in a lane designed for one vehicle. This is charged under Virginia VA Code Section 46.2-857.

8 ) “Reckless Driving – Passing at a railroad grade crossing” is another Reckless Driving charge. This charge applies to anyone driving in Virginia who overtakes or passes any other vehicle proceeding in the same direction at any railroad grade crossing or at any intersection of highways unless such vehicles are being operated on a highway having two or more designated lanes of roadway for each direction of travel or unless such intersection is designated and marked as a passing zone or on a designated one-way street or highway, or while pedestrians are passing or about to pass in front of either of such vehicles, unless permitted so to do by a traffic light or law-enforcement officer. This is charged under Virginia VA Code Section 46.2-858.

9) “Reckless Driving – Passing a stopped school bus” is another Reckless Driving charge. This charge applies to anyone driving in Virginia who fails to stop, when approaching from any direction, any school bus which is stopped on any highway, private road or school driveway for the purpose of taking on or discharging children, the elderly, or mentally or physically handicapped persons, and to remain stopped until all the persons are clear of the highway, private road or school driveway and the bus is put in motion. This is charged under Virginia VA Code Section 46.2-859.

10) “Reckless Driving – Failing to give proper signals” is another Reckless Driving charge. This charge applies to anyone driving in Virginia who fails to give adequate and timely signals of intention to turn, partly turn, slow down, or stop. This is charged under Virginia VA Code Section 46.2-860.

11) “Reckless Driving – Driving too fast for highway and traffic conditions” is another Reckless Driving charge. This charge applies to anyone driving in Virginia who exceeds a reasonable speed under the circumstances and traffic conditions existing at the time, regardless of any posted speed limit. This is charged under Virginia VA Code Section 46.2-861.

12) “Reckless Driving – Failure to yield right-of-way” is another Reckless Driving charge. This charge applies to anyone driving in Virginia who fails to bring his vehicle to a stop immediately before entering a highway from a side road when there is traffic approaching on such highway within 500 feet of such point of entrance, unless (i) a “Yield Right-of-Way” sign is posted or (ii) where such sign is posted, fails, upon entering such highway, to yield the right-of-way to the driver of a vehicle approaching on such highway from either direction. This is charged under Virginia VA Code Section 46.2-863.

13) “Reckless Driving – Reckless driving on parking lots” is another Reckless Driving charge. This charge applies to anyone driving in Virginia who operates any motor vehicle at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person: (1) On any driveway or premises of a church, school, recreational facility, or business property open to the public; or (2) On the premises of any industrial establishment providing parking space for customers, patrons, or employees; or (3) On any highway under construction or not yet open to the public. This is charged under Virginia VA Code Section 46.2-864.

14) “Reckless Driving – Racing” is another Reckless Driving charge. This charge applies to anyone driving in Virginia who engages in a race between two or more motor vehicles on the highways in the Commonwealth or on any driveway or premises of a church, school, recreational facility, or business property open to the public in the Commonwealth shall be guilty of reckless driving, unless authorized by the owner of the property or his agent. This is charged under Virginia VA Code Section 46.2-865. It is important to note the VA definition of racing, as police officers and lawyers alike tend to mistake speeding contests for actual racing as is defined by Virginia law. Racing requires a pre-defined start point and pre-defined endpoint. Just because two cars are going very fast next to each other and trying to beat the other’s speed does not mean that in fact, they are racing under this reckless driving code section.

All of these reckless driving tickets are punishes as Class 1 misdemeanor criminal offenses. The penalty is described above.


FEDERAL RECKLESS DRIVING OFFENSE

Another important factor about VA Reckless Driving is speeding along the GW Parkway in Alexandria, VA or any other Federal territory located in Virginia. Federal law punishes for Reckless Driving the way that it is defined in the Virginia code. The main difference is that the prosecution in the Federal Court in the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) is much more serious and having a Federal offense on your criminal record is considered more consequential for purposes of your criminal record. As stated before, the first thing that you should do after you get home is to call a lawyer and discuss the details of your case. Your circumstances may make you eligible for various punishment reductions and charge reductions, and if you are really lucky, maybe even dismissal of the charge or a non-prosecution of the charge! Read more by clicking here.


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