State police operation cites 1,264 dangerous drivers

In its continuing efforts to reinforce safe-driving behaviors and habits on Virginia’s interstates, Virginia State Police conducted its latest Operation Air, Land & Speed campaign on about 870 miles of interstate last Saturday (Sept. 14), saturating the entire lengths of interstates 81, 95, 85 and 64 during the one-day enforcement initiative.

As a result, 1,008 speeders and 255 reckless drivers were cited during the traffic-safety campaign. In addition, one drunk driver was arrested on I-81. Sixty-two drivers were cited for failing to buckle up and there were a total of nine drug/felony arrests during the operation.

The highest number of speeders, 475, were ticketed on I-81; there were 301 speeding tickets written on I-64 and 228 on I-95, according to VSP’s tally.

The comprehensive enforcement project is aimed at preventing and reducing traffic crashes and deaths on Virginia’s interstates caused by impaired, reckless, distracted and/or speeding motorists.

State police operational duties on other interstates, primary and secondary roads were not affected during the campaign. Funding for the enforcement initiative was provided through federal highway safety monies. Funds generated from summonses issued by Virginia State Police go directly to court fees and the state’s Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.

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