“Operation Air, Land and Speed” Results in Over 3,000 Summonses and Arrests

Did you receive a traffic ticket in Virginia on September 22, 2012?

If you did, don't worry - you're not alone. The Virginia State Police conducted a one-day traffic program called "Operation Air, Land and Speed" that targeted violators on the Virginia roadways. At the end of the day, 3,033 people had received a summons or been arrested. Troopers patrolled major Interstates like 81, 95, 64, 66 and 85, making it the first time that many Interstates were targeted simultaneously in the Commonwealth.

The 10-hour initiative ended with police citing 1,460 speeders, 455 reckless drivers, three drunk drivers and 103 individuals not wearing seat belts. There were also 11 felony and drug arrests. Interstate 81 had the most speeders (594) and it was also the only highway where drunk drivers were found. Interstate 95 had the most reckless drivers (181), safety belt violations (53) and drug/felonies (7). Interstate 85 had the fewest total violations with 126, though Interstate 66 did have the fewest reckless drivers with 46.

This was the 39th enforcement program the Virginia State Police have conducted since 2006. Since then, 191,736 people have received a summons or have been arrested. All of the money made from the summonses issue by state police go directly to court fees and the state's Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.

If you received a ticket for reckless driving or a traffic violation, contact Virginia attorneys Jarrell Hicks & Waldman toll free at 888-783-9701. To learn more about your rights and traffic offenses in Virginia, order a complimentary copy of our book, A Law-Abiding Citizen's Guide to DUI and Serious Traffic Offenses in Virginia.

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