July 4 is for... speed traps
Despite sunny skies and temperatures nearing the triple-digit mark combining to create the clear visibility and bone-dry pavement evident on July 4–- not to mention a new law that has already begun giving drivers more leeway on the highway–- Virginia State Police appear to have targeted Interstate 64 for undercover enforcement action.
As this photo taken the afternoon of July 4 indicates, unmarked vehicles are part of the dragnet that is hauling in drivers along Interstate 64. While the reporter who snapped the photo didn't get a ticket, he witnessed four traffic stops in the westbound lanes of I-64 between Richmond and Charlottesville–- including this one just east of mile marker 132.
Ironically, for actions that are usually touted as safety-driven, such stings typically disappear with the arrival of rain. It's as if drivers know their own safe speed and then moderate it when they realize that traction and visibility have become diminished. (The Atlantic once published a story, "Distracting Miss Daisy," suggesting that speed limits cause more havoc than they prevent.)
In other Virginia State Police activity, the force recently announced, nearly eight months after a t-shirt belonging to Morgan Harrington was discovered, that they have used forensic evidence to link Harrington's slaying to the unknown suspect in a 2005 rape in Fairfax.
One hopes they're spending more time working the Harrington case than turning I-64 into a blue light district.