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F*ck Virginia and their $2M magic mile
MY MONDAY RANT
Just got a ticket for doing 80mph in a 70mph on I-95 northbound outside Richmond, VA (Hopewell, to be exact).
So much for setting the cruise control and getting a bye for driving 10mph above the speed limit and maintaining traffic flow in the far right lane. I was in very light traffic, clear skies, dry pavement, not driving recklessly and cars were PASSING ME in the right lanes. I was the only one in the group with out-of-state tags.
I'm hoping points don't transfer to MD (does anyone know if they do?)
It's just a money grab for the local towns -- see article:
Hopewell Deputy Sheriff Travis Stanley monitors traffic
Posted: Sunday, February 5, 2012 12:00 am by Mark Bowes
Hopewell's so-called million-dollar mile is now pushing the $2 million mark in annual revenue for the cash-strapped city of smokestacks.
A traffic-enforcement program that runs 14 hours a day, seven days a week along a 1- to 2-mile section of Interstate I-95 through the city has drawn the attention — and in some cases, ire — of some Virginia legislators and officials within the Virginia State Police.
The Hopewell Sheriff's Office, whose primary function is to provide courtroom security and serve civil-process papers, has carved out a special unit — complete with its own dispatching system — to focus solely on catching motorists who exceed the 70 mph speed limit as they pass briefly through Hopewell.
Eleven sheriff's deputies, all but one of whom are part time, wrote 14,778 tickets in 2011 with $2,056,387 in assessed fines, with more than $1.6 million of that being collected, the Sheriff's Office said. Seventy-five percent of those cited were from out of state.
The program, which Sheriff Greg Anderson started as a one-officer operation a year after he took office in 2006, has expanded over the past five years in personnel and revenue generated for the city.
The $26,665 in fines assessed in 2007 grew fivefold to $160,646 in 2008, tripled to $634,655 in 2009, nearly doubled to $1.1 million in 2010 and passed the $2 million mark last year.
"It's not about the money to me," Anderson said forcefully and repeatedly during a recent interview. The purpose, the sheriff said, is to slow people down and save lives.
"I'm actually corny enough to think that I can send a message in that (section of I-95) that might resonate and have an impact on people for a long stretch of that highway," he said.
The cash pouring into city coffers as a result of the fines, Anderson explained, "is the punishment piece" for breaking the law, and nothing more.
"It's astonishing to me that these people still come blowing through there at these high rates of speed," added Anderson, who takes umbrage at the suggestion that the sums being collected appear excessive.
"Is there a cutoff?" he said pointedly.
Unbelievable. I WILL NEVER live in, or purchase any products or services from this state. Ever.
Last edited by 360 Modena; 02-02-2015 at 06:29 AM.