VA Police Issue Hundreds of Speeding Tickets
Did you happen to notice more Virginia State Police issuing speeding tickets on the interstates this past weekend? Operation Air, Land, and Speed is an enforcement campaign launched several times a year by the Virginia State Police aimed at catching traffic violators on Virginia’s interstates.
Saturday, June 23, 2012 marked the 37th campaign of Operation Air, Land, and Speed, which focused on Interstate 81 and Interstate 95. Police issued a total of 2,412 court summons and speeding tickets this weekend. That’s down from the 6,400 citations issued last time state police ran the project simultaneously on both interstates in May 2011.
Along Interstate 95, which runs from the North Carolina border to Maryland, cutting through the Richmond metropolitan area, police issued 1,339 citations for various traffic violations. Police arrested two drivers for DUI. Another eight arrests were made for drug or felony crimes. Police issued 487 speeding tickets during the course of the project. They also cited 207 drivers for reckless driving.
“Every year, hundreds of lives are lost in Virginia because of speed, alcohol, aggressive driving, or by an individual failing to wear a seatbelt,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Superintendent of the Virginia State Police. “Too many lives are put at risk because of irresponsible driving behavior. The intent of Operation Air, Land and Speed is to save lives and make our interstates safer through increased visibility and strict traffic enforcement.”
Money generated from speeding tickets issued by the Virginia State Police goes towards court fees and the Virginia Literary Fund. Operation Air, Land, and Speed is funded through the federal highway safety budget.
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