Speed limits; fines doubled for speeding on certain highways. (SB379)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Maximum speed limits; fines doubled. Allows a county to provide by ordinance that fines for speeding on a nonlimited access highway having four or more lanes in such county are doubled. Read the Bill »

Status

01/27/2016: Failed to Pass in Committee

History

DateAction
01/11/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103692D
01/11/2016Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/26/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB379)
01/27/2016Continued to 2017 in Transportation (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Comments

Scott Filling writes:

I fully support SB379. Having lived in Fauquier County for 15 years and directly along Rte 17 in Scott District (Northern Fauquier), it is a VERY dangerous road to pull onto, off of and travel along with statistics from VDOT showing over 1 million tractor trailers per year and four times as many automobiles as well as high speed motorcycles, school buses slow moving farm equipment and livestock trailers. The majority of Rte 17 from Marshall to Warrenton bypass (8.5 Miles) is 90% without proper wide enough shoulders for law enforcement to pull over large vehicles, yet along automobiles. Fauquier County has a serious issue with Deputy turnover to go to higher paying counties which in combination of rising demands by law enforcement, has led to over 12 years of out of control speeding as supported by VDOT statistics. Tractor trailers speeding and swerving around automobiles that obey the 55mph speed limit are a main concern by citizens and especially of parents with children who ride public school buses that must stop on Rte 17. SB 379 will help dramatically to control the speeding problem, save lives and reduce serious injuries.

Thank you
Scott Filling
4568 Belvoir Road
The Plains, VA 20198

Cynthia Hancock writes:

I support SB379 100% because it will seriously reduce the out of control speeding, erratic swerving by tractor trailers, and accidents occurring along Rte 17 in Northern Fauquier County between Marshall and Warrenton. We have a new Sheriff Bob Mosier that is full support of traffic calming on Fauquier's main roads such as Rte 17, but also understands the limited shoulder widths along the majority of Rte 17 makes it unsafe for his Deputies to pull over vehicles safety and must travel many miles just to find a safe location to pull the violator over. Doubled speeding fines will help control the problem much better and is cost affective. This topic has gone to the local county transportation committee over the last 10 years many times and discussed every viable option but cost was always a factor. Doubled speeding fines is the correct answer. A reputation of doubled speeding fines along a busy highway like Rte 17 will spread quickly and enforce itself with the scare of higher fines.

The Plains, VA

marycolemarquis writes:

Driving on route 17 has become a scary proposition. Speeding tractor trailers have caused numerous casualties and death. Too often proactive solutions, such as increased speeding fines are not put into place unti a 17 mile traffic accident occurs. Let's not allow this to happen. Vote for this bill. So it is written. So it is done.

M.C. marquis.
Charlottesville, Virginia.
St. Augustine, Florida

William R. Corley writes:

Born and raised in Virginia, I have experienced route 17 to be a treacherous road. I don't understand why people are allowed to speed willy-nilly. I have almost been hit at least a dozen times. Fines need to be implemented. Thank you for considering public safety over partisan politics.

William "Randy" Corley.
North Garden, Virginia.