July 20, 2010
If you were speeding, driving recklessly or driving impaired on Interstate 81 or 95, then you were one of the thousands of motorists cited during the weekend as part of Virginia State Police’s Operation Air, Land & Speed traffic-safety enforcement effort.
During the special initiative, there were no fatal traffic crashes reported on either interstate.
From July 17 through July 18, Virginia State Police stopped a total of 3,313 speeders, 628 reckless drivers and 12 drunk drivers between both interstates. A total of 248 safety belt violations were cited, and 15 drug and felony arrests were made by state troopers. The operation yielded 6,264 total summonses and arrests. (Full report linked here)
“Unfortunately, there are still too many motorists who choose to speed, drive carelessly or drive impaired - all factors that cause crashes,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We want to ensure the safety of our interstates and this initiative helps us accomplish this goal by allowing additional troopers to patrol the targeted areas with strict highway enforcement.”
The enforcement effort targeted all 177 miles of I-95 from border to border; and all 325 miles of I-81 from border to border.
Funds generated from summonses issued by state police go directly to court fees and the state’s Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.