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Va. police crackdown nets 7,000 tickets

Plans for police crackdowns often are announced with great fanfare. On Monday, Virginia State Police followed up by revealing the results: More than 7,000 tickets issued over the weekend on Interstates 95 and 81.

Called “Operation Air, Land and Speed,” the intensified effort netted 3,536 speeders, 717 reckless drivers and 20 drunk drivers. There also were 310 people cited for driving without a seatbelt and 35 drug or felony arrests.

There were more speeders on I-81 than I-95 (2,061 compared with 1,475) and more reckless drivers on I-95 (505 in contrast to 212). The enforcement targeted all 177 miles of I-95 and all 325 miles of I-81 in Virginia.

— Ashley Halsey III

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 8, 2010; 4:22 PM ET
Categories:  Crime Statistics , Virginia  
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I was traveling on I-95 on Saturday and witnessed several State Police officers pulling people over between Stafford and Richmond. Here are my obervations and opinion. First, I am a supporter of law enforcement and I think traffic safety is a big issue. Now after saying that, let me also say that most of what I see VA State Police do seems to be more for revenue generation than safety enforcement. Stopping people for driving 10 to 12 miles over the posted speed limit while missing the real hazards like a tractor-trailer changing lanes without signaling and almost wiping out a small truck. Why did they miss this? Because they all had speeders pulled over and were issueing speeding tickets at the time. I saw two troopers on two separate stops, pull across from the far left lane to the far right lane to pull over a car, and all the traffic in-between had to slow and brake hard to avoid colliding with the police car. How safe was that? The police officer actually created more of a risk in that manuever than the violation he was pulling the speeder over for! They wrote over 7000 tickets in one weekend. That generated a lot of money for the state. I did not see any bad accidents reported in other places were I-95 was not patrolled as aggressively this weekend. Guess their aggressive enforcement some-how effected safety all up and down the East Coast? (I doubt it)! Way to get money for Virginia, and call it safety enforcement!

Posted by: Hotelguest0 | March 9, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

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