HB2304: Speed limits; maximum in certain residence districts, penalty.


HOUSE BILL NO. 2304
House Amendments in [ ] – February 9, 2015
A BILL to amend and reenact § 46.2-878.2 of the Code of Virginia, relating to maximum speed limits in certain residence districts; penalty.
Patron Prior to Engrossment--Delegate Lingamfelter

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That § 46.2-878.2 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 46.2-878.2. Maximum speed limits in certain residence districts of counties, cities, and towns; penalty.

Operation of any motor vehicle in excess of a maximum speed limit established for a highway in a residence district of a county, city, or town, when indicated by appropriately placed signs displaying the maximum speed limit and the penalty for violations, shall be unlawful and constitute a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of $200, in addition to other penalties provided by law. No portion of the fine shall be suspended unless the court orders 20 hours of community service. The Commissioner of Highways or any local governing body having jurisdiction over highways shall develop criteria for the overall applicability for the installation of signs. Such criteria shall not exclude highways, that [ are not part of the Interstate System and are either functionally classified as major arterials or functionally classified as have a federal functional classification of other principal arterials or have a federal functional classification of ] minor arterials, serving areas that either (i) were built as residential developments or (ii) have grown to resemble residential developments, provided, in either case, (a) such highways are experiencing documented speeding problems and (b) the local governing body requests the application of this section to such highway. Such signs may be installed in any town and shall not require the approval of the county within which such town is located. Any such signs installed in any town shall be paid for by the town requesting the installation of the signs, or out of the county's secondary system construction allocation.

HOUSE BILL NO. 2304

Offered January 21, 2015
A BILL to amend and reenact § 46.2-878.2 of the Code of Virginia, relating to maximum speed limits in certain residence districts; penalty.
Patron-- Lingamfelter

Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That § 46.2-878.2 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 46.2-878.2. Maximum speed limits in certain residence districts of counties, cities, and towns; penalty.

Operation of any motor vehicle in excess of a maximum speed limit established for a highway in a residence district of a county, city, or town, when indicated by appropriately placed signs displaying the maximum speed limit and the penalty for violations, shall be unlawful and constitute a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of $200, in addition to other penalties provided by law. No portion of the fine shall be suspended unless the court orders 20 hours of community service. The Commissioner of Highways or any local governing body having jurisdiction over highways shall develop criteria for the overall applicability for the installation of signs. Such criteria shall not exclude highways, that are not part of the Interstate System and are either functionally classified as major arterials or functionally classified as minor arterials, serving areas that either (i) were built as residential developments or (ii) have grown to resemble residential developments, provided, in either case, (a) such highways are experiencing documented speeding problems and (b) the local governing body requests the application of this section to such highway. Such signs may be installed in any town and shall not require the approval of the county within which such town is located. Any such signs installed in any town shall be paid for by the town requesting the installation of the signs, or out of the county's secondary system construction allocation.