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Leesburg Police looking to crack down on speeding

The Leesburg Police Department announced Thursday it will be participating in a new speed enforcement effort called “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.”

"The intensified enforcement effort against speeding drivers underscores the severity of the problem, both locally and nationally," Leesburg Police Department officials said in an announcement.

According to a statement released by Leesburg Police, 17 percent of all speeding-related traffic fatalities occurred on local roads where the posted speed limits were 55 miles per hour or under. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a crash on a road with a speed limit of 65 mph or greater is more than twice as likely to result in a fatality than a crash on a road with a speed limit of 45 or 50 miles per hour and nearly five times as likely as a crash on a road with a speed limit of 40 miles per hour or below. About 15 percent of the country’s speeding-related fatalities occur on interstate highways each year.

The NHTSA also says that a major proportion of fatal, speeding-related single-vehicle crashes occur on rural roads.

There is also the weather to consider. Nationally, speeding was a factor in 17 percent of all fatal crashes on dry roads and in 21 percent of those occurring on wet roads. In wintry conditions, speeding was a factor in 34 percent of the fatal crashes when there was snow or slush on the road, and in 43 percent of the fatal crashes that occurred on icy roads.

NHTSA considers a crash speeding-related if the driver was charged with exceeding the posted speed limit or if the driver was driving too fast for conditions at the time.


A limit of 25 mph is silly for major roads like Market, King, Catoctin Circle, etc.

Sounds like a money-making plan for the town, so it might as well go whole-hog and let the police get commissions.

You really want to get people to slow down?  If so, hand out community service instead of a ticket.  Having your free time impacted will really hit home.  But, you can’t raise money that way.

My gripe is the DUI/DWIs by drivers multiple times and all those that text and drive. They need a better way to track someone that has had a DUI since many continue to drive while license is suspended. Also, I’d be curious to see numbers of drivers pulled over and given a ticket for texting while driving.

My thesis is that the police have absolutely no methodology to enforce “distracted/inattentive” driving regs.  The only tool is like the old saying “if you only have a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.”

Monitoring speeding alone will never solve the problems we face.  It is however, a “feel-good” response that has the side benefit of generating income.  Pity.

If it weren’t for privacy laws, I bet the police could have equipment that could tell whether a driver was using hands free or not.  Of course, we’d still be left with the make-up appliers, newspaper readers and eat-while-driving threats.

Long overdue. I drive Market Street in Leesburg everyday and 90% of drivers blow past me as if the 25 MPH speed limit means nothing. From Mom’s Apple Pie all the way to Advance Auto Parts, most drivers are completely oblivious to the 25 MPH speed limit or they simply don’t care. I’m glad to see LPD increasing enforcement, preferably on speeding minivans and all those out-of-state plates.

The Leesburg Police Department announced Thursday it will be participating in a new speed enforcement effort *renamed*, “How to raise revenue for the town without hiking taxes and upsetting voters.”

A web search doesn’t do much to pull up any fatal crashes in Leesburg.  The only ones that I can even recall are two instances of inattentive idiots slamming into motorcycles stopped at red lights. At Battlefield Pkwy in 2010 that killed James Boice. 
The other time, November 13, 2006, eastbound at River Creek Pkwy prior to that interchange being constructed. That occurred just moments after I passed through there.  I turned on to Rt7 from Battlefield and passed through there before that light turned red. 
The driver that hit and killed the rider, Jeff Barclay, claimed he fell asleep.  Fell asleep over the course of accelerating from Battlefield Pkwy and then negotiating the right-left bend prior to the intersection?  Yeah right!  Of course, the driver was only charged with improper driving.
Naturally, since the victims were motorcycle riders, the punishment for such was negligible and the incidents received no attention.  It’s kind of ironic to see the attention and outrage when someone kills child due to inattention while driving.
Stop the focus on speed and start paying attention to inattention. That’s the real cause to pretty much any crash that isn’t the result of an instantaneous mechanical failure.  It doesn’t matter if it’s messing with a phone or the radio, chemical impairment or yapping with your passengers; it’s all inattention.  It’s not speed that is causing people to routinely plow into the car in front them westbound on Rt7 at Battlefield.

Maybe we can raise all the speed limits by 15 mph and save our local police from this effort.

The article focuses on fatalities, so is that what Leesburg police are trying to cut down on with new enforcement?

What the article doesn’t say is how many fatalities occurred within Leesburg city limits last year so we know what necessitates the crackdown.  Or are we being mislead….that there are other causes or problems to be solved?  Revenue perhaps?

Outside of short stretches of Rtes 15 and 7 most of Leesburg is 25 mph.  Traffic crawls through the town as far as my experience goes, so what’s happening here?

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