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Va. police step up wknd. patrols

If you received a ticket on Interstate 66 this past weekend, you were caught in a traffic safety initiative by the Virginia State Police.

The effort increased the presence of troopers on both I-66 and Interstate 64. On I-66, troopers cited 348 people for speeding; 82 for reckless driving; 2 for driving drunk; 17 for safety belt violations; and 6 people were arrested for drugs offenses or felonies.

Even more people were ticketed on Interstate 64, which crosses the central part of the state: Police said there were 1,809 drivers cited for speeding; 312 ticketed for reckless driving; seven people cited for drunk driving; 135 cited for safety belt violations; and 19 arrested for felonies or drug charges.

"By stepping up our presence on selected interstate corridors, we know it directly affects drivers' behaviors and actions," said Col. W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police superintendent.

The campaign is known as Operation Air, Land and Speed. Authorities said it was the fifth such effort this year. Troopers last targeted the two interstate corridors in
December 2009, they said.

By Michael Bolden  | August 24, 2010; 3:24 PM ET
Categories:  Highways, Northern Virginia, Virginia  
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I wonder if the any of the 82 reckless driving violations were issued for driving in the shoulder lane when the red "X" was displayed. I've had too many near misses when exiting 66 and then seeing someone racing down shoulder lane on my right and me having to swerve back into traffic to avoid getting hit.

Posted by: jmichaelharris1959 | August 24, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

jmichaelharris1959, use your mirrors. If someone is coming up behind you illegally, get over and brake.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 25, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

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