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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 09/21/2010

2,700 speeding tickets issued in Va.

By Washington Post editors

A weekend enforcement effort by the Virginia State Police on Interstates 95, 81 and 85 resulted in more than 4,800 summonses and arrests.

More than 2,700 of the tickets were for speeding. State police also said in a release Monday that troopers charged 618 reckless drivers and 19 drunk drivers. A total of 175 safety-belt violations were cited, and troopers made 17 felony drug arrests.

The crackdown Saturday and Sunday was part of the state police's “"Operation Air, Land and Speed” initiative on highly traveled highways in Virginia. The program uses troopers in cruisers and on motorcycles, along with aviation teams.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | September 21, 2010; 10:50 AM ET
Categories:  Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  
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Comments

Thank you, troopers, for helping make the Commonwealth a safer place.

Posted by: krickey7 | September 21, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

thank you troopers for going after out-of-state-drivers on virginia's interstate highways to help raise money for virginia.

Posted by: MarilynManson | September 21, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

That works, too.

Posted by: krickey7 | September 21, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Sometime I wonder if the NY/NJ drivers are aware of that over 80 mph is an automatic reckless driving ticket as they fly past me on 95. Certainly doesn't hurt the Commonwealth's coffers, thats for sure.

Posted by: slydell | September 21, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

@slydell

NY doesn't count out of state tickets. No insurance hit, no points, no mandatory appearance - just mail in a check (as long as you don't get arrested). So as long as they can afford or are willing to pay the fine, they're free to fly.

NJ does count out of state violations however.

Posted by: nocando | September 21, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Screw the VA State Revenue Troopers. They do nothing but slow up the natural flow of traffic and ultimately cause more accidents than they prevent. Get off the roads!

Posted by: dgrover15791 | September 21, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Screw the VA State Revenue Troopers. They do nothing but slow up the natural flow of traffic and ultimately cause more accidents than they prevent. Get off the roads!

Posted by: dgrover15791 | September 21, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

So of these 2700 tickets, how many were issued to members of the law enforcement community, whether on duty or in their POV? Yeah, you got it, the big goose egg. They are far and away the worst offenders of speed limits in any jurisdiction, whether it be on the Interstate or local roads. Follow one sometimes and see how often they speed and don't use turn signals. And they are serious offenders of the drinking and driving rules because they know they are untouchable. I've known way way too many of them for anyone to tell me otherwise, from VA to DC. Cop parties and functions are alcohol fueled and trust me these guys don't flap their angel wings and fly home.

Posted by: mickeyconnie | September 21, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

It was about Money NOT Safety.

Posted by: Special_One40 | September 21, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

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