Police Plan I-95 Enforcement
Henrico Citizen Staff Reports 02.APR.08
Motorists on a 13-mile stretch of I-95 should expect to see triple the number of Virginia State Police Officers tomorrow. Officers will be patrolling the stretch between Bells Road (Exit 70) and Parham Road (Exit 83) tomorrow, targeting aggressive drivers. That stretch of I-95 is designated as a Highway Safety Corridor, which brings enhanced penalties for traffic violations.
Troopers will be conducting “saturation” patrols in the corridor to promote traffic safety through stringent enforcement and increased visibility in an area that experiences a high volume of traffic and numerous interchanges. In 2006, 696 traffic crashes occurred. Of the 696, 175 resulted in injury and two deaths. In 2007, there were 759 of which 196 resulted in injury and four deaths. During a one-day enforcement project in November, 2007, troopers issued more than 150 summonses for traffic violations.
This Highway Safety Corridor is the second stretch of highway to be designated for increased enforcement and fines under the Highway Safety Corridor Program. The most recently named Highway Safety Corridor is located on Interstate 95 near Quantico in Northern Virginia. The only other corridor in the Commonwealth runs along Interstate 81 near Salem.
Highway Safety Corridors originate only after a detailed traffic engineering study is conducted which is followed by a public comment period. Crash frequency, overall vehicle crash rate, truck-involved crash rate, enforcement considerations, and roadway characteristics are factors that are considered.
Enforcement initiatives are funded jointly by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and troopers assigned to the projects are in addition to normal allocations.