AAA Criticizes Va. Sheriff's Speed Enforcement Tactics

April 5, 2012

Motorist group AAA Mid-Atlantic says the Hopewell Sheriff's Office is using "heavy-handed traffic enforcement tactics" on a section Interstate 295.

The group calls the roughly 2-mile section the "Million Dollar Mile" because of the number of speeding tickets issued by Hopewell deputies.

An average 1,000 speeding tickets are issued per month.

Spokeswoman Martha Meade tells The Progress-Index that AAA isn't against enforcement. She says this enforcement effort appears to be about more than safety.

The I-295 project began in 2007. The city's revenue from traffic fines has increased from $160,000 in 2008 to about $2 million last year.

Hopewell Sheriff Greg Anderson says I-295 isn't a speed trap. He says his deputies don't ticket anyone traveling under 81 miles per hour. The speed limit is 70 miles per hour.

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