Posted by Phil Riggan - email
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Motorists traveling through the Powhite Parkway Toll Plaza witnessed stepped-up law-enforcement patrols this week leading up to the July 4th holiday.
Virginia State Police, along with the Richmond Metropolitan Authority (RMA) Police and City of Richmond Police, participated in a three-day enforcement project in an effort to curb speeding through the toll plaza. The traffic safety initiative began Tuesday and ended Thursday.
Virginia State Police issued a total of 357 summonses and arrests during the specialized enforcement project. State Police cited the majority of drivers for speed violations.
"This enforcement effort was not about issuing tickets, but rather reminding motorists traveling through the toll plaza of the need to make their travels safer by complying with the reduced speed zones," said Captain Steven L. Chumley, Richmond Division Commander for Virginia State Police. "Speed limits are posted to save lives and prevent crashes."
The enforcement effort concentrated on the SmartTag and Exact Change/Full Service lanes where lower speed limits are posted. The speed limit is 45 mph in the SmartTag lane and 35 mph as drivers approach the Exact Change/Full Service lane. The enforcement hours were between 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.