Speed cameras could be coming to Virginia soon

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Speed cameras could be coming to Virginia for the very first time.

This comes as the Virginia Senate backs legislation that would allow officers to use hand-held speed cameras in work zones. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities for two decades, and was a contributing factor in 26 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2017. 

The speed cameras would help to increase work zone safety, which continues to be an issue in Northern Virginia. 

“Within Northern Virginia we have a lot of cars, a lot of traffic and we have a lot of construction going on. When you put all those together you get a work zone especially when you have vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed on interstate work zones,” Ellen Kamilakis, spokesperson for VDOT said.

If approved by Governor Ralph Northam, anyone caught going at least 12 miles over the speed limit would be fined $125. 

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