Virginia Cities Raise Speeding Fines
Virginia allows individual cities to increase the cost of a speeding ticket by $200. Traveling with the flow of traffic earns $355 fine.
Extra $200 fineWith speeding penalties in Virginia already topping out at a maximum of $3550, at least one city has decided its own cut has become too low. Charlottesville is one of many cities now taking advantage of a 1996 law that authorized jurisdictions to tack an extra $200 fine onto selected speeding tickets handed to drivers accused of exceeding the limit by 1 to 20 MPH.
To take advantage of the law, the city only has to post a small warning sign on affected roads. So far, Charlottesville has put up the signs on Altavista Avenue, Avon Street and Old Lynchburg Road. The city also plans to add signs to Brandywine Drive, Elliott Avenue and Rugy Avenue.
Charlottesville is well-positioned to take in substantial revenue from the change. According to the city's own data, the speed limits have been set far below the speed at which 85 percent of traffic is safely traveling along the roads. Altavista Road is underposted by 16 MPH, Old Lynchburg Road by 18 MPH and Avon Street by between 16 and 26 MPH. This means that 85 percent of area drivers are eligible for tickets that will now cost at least $355. On Avon street, those who miss the sign signaling a drop in speed limit from 35 to 25 MPH (traffic is flowing at 51 MPH), face a maximum court imposed fine of $2500 plus the mandatory civil remedial fee of $1050.
A copy of Charlottesville's ordinance is available in a 450k PDF file at the source link below.
Source: PDF File Additional $200 Speeding Fine Signs (City of Charlottesville, Virginia, 9/14/2007)