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Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 03/ 6/2010

Va. police to crack down on speeders this weekend

By Washington Post Editors

Virginia State Police are conducting a two-day traffic safety campaign along Interstates 81 and 95 this weekend.

Officials say Operation Air, Land and Speed comes as Virginia continues to experience record decreases in traffic-related deaths. As of Friday, 83 traffic fatalities have been reported to the Virginia State Police, compared with 104 at the same time last year.
The first operation of 2010 will begin Saturday and conclude Sunday night. Police will target aggressive drivers, speeders and impaired drivers.

Since the operation's inception in 2006, there have been nearly 114,200 summonses and arrests along Virginia interstates.

--Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | March 6, 2010; 10:52 AM ET
 
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This is also conveniently the weekend that the majority of Virginia Universities have gone on Spring Break. Nothing more than the state trying to get money out of college kids whose schools they're cutting the funding for.

Posted by: adbro2 | March 6, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

again in saint raphael control my comment or mails sending expect help immediat;;;of the city mayor police or population stolen everything without any rules is not acceptable,,,more my face destroy and provocation of extreme right;;;;ask my cousin député rudy salles to come to saint raphael immédiately or go to the court enought this country dont respect human rights;;;;Joelle esther BENYAYER

Posted by: joellestherbenyayer | March 6, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

And the decrease in fatalities is probably as much from the snowfalls across the entire state than from safety programs....

Posted by: jkuchen | March 6, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

the VSP should also focus on distracted drivers as well... why is it that the local law enforcement agencies have to conduct special operations to enforce the various traffic laws?

Posted by: shaisdadraw1 | March 6, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

People who complain about something like this have either been caught before and feel they are entitled to break the law

OR

They would never break the speed limit and cause problems for other drivers by blocking traffic and only complain to complain. I don't understand these people who complain about something that doesn't affect them or won't affect them if they follow the rules.

Posted by: dj1123 | March 6, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

This is just a thinly veiled way for the Commonwealth to soak people who don't have any money to spare. BTW: stay away from Wytheville if possible; those hayseeds high-five each other at the end of their shifts.

Posted by: wm1322 | March 6, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

adbro2 and wm1322,

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time...

Posted by: hisroc | March 6, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

No, this is a way for Virginia to get those people who think they can drive 70-80 in a 55 zone. On 95, I regularly get passed when I'm doing 10 miles above the speed limit. The problem is that in Virginia they don't bother ticketing until it's closer to 20 miles above the limit. In Texas, 10 miles above doesn't get you pulled over, 12 does. So you don't see people doing 15-20 miles over like you see here.

As for this weekend being Spring Break, maybe that will get those college kids to obey the law. It's probably the only thing that would get them to obey the speed limit- they think they're immortal, remember? And if they don't have money to spare, they shouldn't speed, it's as simple as that.

Try and remember, this is breaking the law, no matter how minor, it is breaking the law. Just like those 20% of HOV cars that are not hybrids, motorcycles, or carrying 3 or more during HOV times. Or do you think they shouldn't be ticketed either? Without ticketing, everyone would use the HOV lanes, which would make them worthless.

And the decrease in traffic deaths is more likely due to fewer people having jobs to drive to than to the snow.

Posted by: barbaramusser | March 6, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Raising revenue with ticket violations is preferable than cutting $600 million out of the education budget (as proposed by the Va. Governor). After all, they are breaking the law.

Posted by: NewThoughts | March 6, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

114,200 summonses, with at least $100.00 in fines and court costs.

The Royal Crown's tax collectors would be proud.

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | March 6, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

All that is not compulsory is forbidden!

Great way to generate revenue....make the speed limits unacceptably slow, issue more tickets, and make sure there is no way for the population to change the rules in their favor.

Sieg heil, indeed.

Posted by: bobiv | March 6, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

This is just stupid and a gross waste of taxpayer dollars. They use airplanes with high paid pilots etc to help issue frigging speeding tickets? With the price of gas for these planes added in, it's totally a waste and something we taxpayers should have a say in. We sure as hel! never voted or approved the VSP purchasing airplanes, hiring pilots etc, but we should be allowed to nix it now. This has zero to do with safety and everything to do with raising revenue. STOP IT NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. Put these officers to work in stopping real crime, not some driver who's going 12 mph over the limit. Makes no sense to me.

Posted by: capone1 | March 6, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

adbro2 Wrote:
"Nothing more than the state trying to get money out of college kids whose schools they're cutting the funding for."

Or, just maybe, these children will live to see another year...

Posted by: waxtraxs | March 6, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Fools - you will pay your taxes, one way or another. Because of Republican greed and Democratic spinelessness we now live in a Police-State, where Moronic Republicans steal money from our kid’s future. Bush started it and Uncle Obama continues it.

They steal money that was supposed to go to our kid's education to hire more cops, build more prisons create more criminals. The penal system is now Big Business. They claim to want less government interfere would and the rubes swallow it hook, line and sinker. Than they enact more and more laws designed to tax and incarcerate Americans.

Posted by: question-guy | March 6, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

adbro2 Wrote:
"Nothing more than the state trying to get money out of college kids whose schools they're cutting the funding for."
--------------------------------------

The Republicans would rather send these kids to war - but this will do in a pinch.

Posted by: question-guy | March 6, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Revenue grab and statistics building - enhancing safety? No.

Posted by: maus92 | March 6, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I always thought posted speed limits were suggestions anyway, considering how people treat them.

I disagree with selective enforcement like this. But that's okay, Monday will be back to business as usual except that the Commonwealth's coffers will be a little fuller.

Posted by: grobinette | March 6, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

barbaramusser moseyed on down and done did wrote:

The problem is that in Virginia they don't bother ticketing until it's closer to 20 miles above the limit. In Texas, 10 miles above doesn't get you pulled over, 12 does. So you don't see people doing 15-20 miles over like you see here.
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In Texas you don't have artificially low speed limits. Highways are automatically 70 unless otherwise noted. As an fyi, my last time there I maintained 90 from Houston to College Station (and back) and was getting passed. No one got pulled over.

Posted by: 1fasthoo | March 6, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

There are ways to slow down those agressive drivers and reduce the fatalities but dont involve ripping off people with tickets in this economy, and use taxpayer money elsewhere. Put more automatic speed readers along the roadsides is one of those...

Posted by: oldguy6 | March 6, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Here's the key fact in this discussion: 40,000 people die on American roads every year.

Maybe the cops are doing this ludicrously named "Operational Air Land Sea" for all the wrong reasons (e.g. to raise revenue, to earn overtime pay, whatever). I'm still OK with it, because, unlike much of what cops spend their time doing, enforcing traffic safety rules is completely legal and unquestionably saves lives.

Posted by: targusowlkiln | March 6, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Best way out of a ticket when they pull you over; tell the trooper you saw 5 black men raping a white jelly donut 2 miles back on the highway.

Posted by: nuke41 | March 6, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Saving lives or saving their jobs with tickets ?

Posted by: metroman76 | March 6, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Great way to generate revenue....make the speed limits unacceptably slow, issue more tickets, and make sure there is no way for the population to change the rules in their favor.

Posted by: bobiv | March 6, 2010 3:12 PM
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Um, the General Assembly passed a law and the Governor signed it raising the maximum speed limit to 70. So much for your argument....

Posted by: jkuchen | March 6, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Is the Post charging the Virginia State Police for the advertisement or is it considered a public service announcement? For sure it is not news.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | March 6, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Translation: The State Thieves are out collecting money!!!

Posted by: lek91091 | March 6, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Telling people they're going to do it ahead of time is hard to argue with. I think it's a decent idea to do this that way.

Word is out, they're being very *obvious* about the whole thing after all. If you manage to get popped for speeding this weekend, you really only have yourself to blame.

I'm not going to complain about them collecting taxes from lawbreakers. Really, slow down a little, and you don't have anything to worry about.

Posted by: Nymous | March 6, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

lek91091 wrote:
"Translation: The State Thieves are out collecting money!!!"

So if you are STUPID enough to break the law, the police are supposed to look the other way?

And if you disagree with a law, just go ahead a violate it, without consideration of the consequences of breaking the law?

I guess most of those complaining about the police enforcing the law would not want bank robbers arrested, not want murderers arrested, and the police to wink and wave at terrorists, and let them keep on keeping on being terrorists? After all, they are law breakers also.

Posted by: critter69 | March 6, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Gay speeders beware

Posted by: notthatdum | March 6, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

If the police would only tickets the jackarses backing up traffic while cruising (unlawfully) in the passing lane, preventing traffic from going around and causing accidents and angry people. The left lane on the interstate is indeed a PASSING lane; get over, pass, and get back right. ALWAYS allow faster cars to pass. In Germany, failure to yield the left lane can be a jailable offense. It should be here as well.

Posted by: Greenwaver | March 6, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of cry babies. Try living in a state where the speed limit gets enforced. Guess what happens? People are less inclined to behave like jackasses when they drive.

Want to know why your MPGs don't match up with the EPA rating? Because even in a small car, when you drive with your foot to the floor, you are losing 2-3 gallons per tank, compared with driving your car like a reasonable person.

Posted by: bikes-everywhere | March 6, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Darn, I don't get to speed and drive recklessly this weekend?? I know, let me blame the state for my dangerous driving. It's their fault I get busted, not mine.

Posted by: schrute | March 6, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

when did we start disrespecting individuals pledged to protect us? show a lil more respect and dignity to police officers. they're our friends and neighbors. they ticket speeders and drunk drivers so our kids won't become a paraplegic by a reckless a-hole on their way home.

and let us not kid ourselves into thinking that we don't drive a wee bit slower after receiving a nice fat ticket. it does the job. slow the eff down.

Posted by: ikicbutt | March 7, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

40,000 people die each year on US roads. Something needs to be done.

Posted by: Emmetrope | March 7, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

40,000 people die each year on US roads. Something needs to be done.

Posted by: Emmetrope | March 7, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Aggressive driving? HA! Anyone who commutes in NOVA regularly deals with some of the following:
1. Slow drivers in the left lane. Furthermore, if you have a beater that shakes when you're doing 40mph, it should be obvious that the left lane isn't for you.
I've driven behind people doing 45mph in a 65mph zone in this lane. Get the hell out of my way! There's a serious problem when you're in the right lane passing people in the left lane.
2. Drivers who don't know how to merge (i.e. brake nearly to a complete stop while on the highway instead of slowing their speed while veering onto the ramp)
3. Drivers who don't know how to allow merging traffic onto the highway (Route 234!!!)
4. Drivers who high beam other drivers. Usually this happens when the driver who has been high beamed had to get around the idiot in front of them. See #1-#3
5. People who drive without a purpose. Are you a meandering stream or a person driving to a destination?
6. Drivers who speed up when they see that another driver either wants to pass them or get in their lane. Usually this results in a "box-in" or lanes on both sides are blocked so you can't go anywhere.
This clumped driver effect happens quite a bit in the Stafford/Fredericksburg area.
7.Rubber necking. It's a flashing light. Maybe it's a smashed car. Get over it. Quit staring and keep driving.
8. Drivers who brake to nearly a complete stop when they see a cop in a speed trap or a cop traveling on the highway. Quite staring and keep driving. If the cop is driving alongside you, it's ok to pass him/her. Really. Unless you go past him at an excessive speed or there's something illegal going on with your car, he won't pull you over.

We're not aggressive, we're just frustrated. Stupid drivers kill too. If you're afraid of the highway or you want to go slow enough to enjoy the scenery, find an alternate route or stay in the right lane. As the ol' military motto goes: 'If you can't hang with the big dogs, get off the porch'

Posted by: linrob778 | March 7, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

It's about time. These days, if you're not going 80, you get run over..

Posted by: wewintheylose | March 7, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

As they pull these spring breakers over I hope the police are checking to see if they're drinking or smoking dope. $150 for a speeding ticket is nice but we should be soaking these punks for a couple grand each.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | March 7, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

40,000 people die each year on US roads. Something needs to be done.
Posted by: Emmetrope
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People die all the time. All you can do is pray to the lord almighty and be thankful for every day he gives you.

Posted by: AlbyVA | March 7, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Consider yourselves lucky to be driving here and not in Emporia, VA, the speed trap capital of the world. I got a ticket when I was going exactly the speed limit, on cruise control, and hadn't touched the gas for 30 miles. People were passing me going at least 80 (speed limit was 65) and this local yahoo cop pulled in behind me and pulled me over. I had a witness in the car who told him I wasn't going over the speed limit and didn't break the speed limit anywhere I drive, and he ticketed me anyway. Lesson learned.... stay OUT of Emporia, VA, because everyone in that one-horse crappy town are in on the scam... the police, the judges, everybody. It cost me a bundle and I didn't even do anything wrong. I'll take the law enforcement around here any day.

Posted by: Fairfaxresident3 | March 7, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Fairfaxresident3 - I had a witness in the car who told him I wasn't going over the speed limit and didn't break the speed limit anywhere I drive, and he ticketed me anyway.

Wow, I just can't believe the cop wouldn't believe your "witness."

Posted by: ajsmithva | March 7, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for your input, ajsmithva. Considering my "witness" was a law enforcement officer with considerably more credentials than the idiot who pulled me over, I couldn't believe it either. Have a nice day.

Posted by: Fairfaxresident3 | March 7, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

These comments are just so funny. Speeding is pretty much a cultural thing. The Germans haul bu tt on the highways. Yet, in Puerto Rico, the overwhelming majority of drivers drive at or below the posted speed limit even when there's open road in front of them. While it was annoying to run into the odd cretin doing 25 in a 45 zone in the left lane, it was refreshing to find that most everybody was doing 5 mph LESS than the speed limit. And, to be honest, I saw far fewer cops working the major thoroughfares than you see in Va.

So, to the whiners and complainers about having to drive the speed limit, I think I'm going to start driving liking a Puerto Rican: slow and in whatever lane happens to be open.

Posted by: JoStalin | March 7, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I am moving out of this state. As a minority - I can no longer subsidize the state’s white residents. In Virginia, like in many Republican states, many of the white folks, for some reason feel that they should no longer have to pay their fair share of taxes.

Besides if the GOP continues to raid the education budget to fund this police-state, Virginia will be well on it’s way to becoming a haven for idiot cops, poorly educated felons and ex-felons. You can keep all that for yourself.

Posted by: question-guy | March 7, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

"I don't understand these people who complain about something that doesn't affect them or won't affect them if they follow the rules."

Simple, the rules are draconic.

Maybe you should spend 3 hours driving through VA at 65MPH then come back and talk about this.

Posted by: dubya1938 | March 7, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

...what I think should be done, one day, is for someone to ride up and down 95 in the right lane at 65MPH and just film the crap that goes on in the left two lanes.

That video would speak for itself.

Posted by: dubya1938 | March 7, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

That's the problem, dubya. If you stayed in the right lane, you'd be too far down the highway to capture anything in the left lane.
The left lane has become the area for slow drivers, specifically, people who drive about 10-15mph BELOW the speed limit. I'd love for you to tell me that isn't dangerous. If you're driving 70 in the left lane (designated for higher speeds) and you come upon idiots like that, it causes major problems.
If we drove like they do on the Autobahn, we wouldn't be dealing with the accordion effect AND Darwinism would take care of those who can't drive.

Posted by: linrob778 | March 7, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

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