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New lower speed limits on Wilson Blvd
  • novasteve July 17, 2013 - 10:56 am #80292 Reply

    How much revenue does the board expect this to pull in? What will the money be used for?

    Anonymous July 17, 2013 - 10:58 am #80293 Reply

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    Razbo Oscar July 17, 2013 - 11:04 am #80294 Reply

    Good morning Steve!
    I’m not sure.  What about YOU? How much revenue does the board expect this to pull in? What will the money be used for?

    Captain_Obvious July 17, 2013 - 11:05 am #80297 Reply

    I would expect there to be anywhere between no revenue to some revenue.  Also the money will probably be used for something, hopefully in Arlington.

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    Anonymous July 17, 2013 - 11:26 am #80303 Reply

    Yes, I think there could be revenue generated from speeding tickets. This revenue will probably be in U.S. dollars, and paid mostly by check or credit card. I also speculate that it will go to the County and spent on stuff, like they do with tax revenue and revenue from other criminal and traffic fines. That spending will also probably be in U.S. dollars. The tickets will probably be handed out by police officers.

    More questions, steve?

    Dezlboy July 17, 2013 - 11:27 am #80304 Reply

    It is estimated that the lower speed limits will raise $4,500 in collected fines by calendar year end.  The funds will be distributed thusly: 45% to general transporation fund, 25% to general Arl Co expenses, 15% to school system, %15 to homeless shelters. 

    It is estimated that next calendar will bring in less funds (pro-rated) due to better compliance.  If the revenue drops by 10% in the third year, the Co Board may according to current regulations (laws?) consider raising the traffic fine.

    newty25 July 17, 2013 - 2:46 pm #80345 Reply

    I hardly ever see anyone pulled over on Clarendon and Wilson Blvds. Also, the traffic is so congested most of the time that people rarely go fast anyways.

    This doesn’t sound like a revenue generating move. It’s more of a safety move that will generate very little revenue for Arlington.

    If they wanted to generate revenue, they could pull a DC and lower the speed limit on 66 to 40 mph and then setup speed cams. What a freakin’ joke that is.

    novasteve July 17, 2013 - 3:05 pm #80347 Reply

    So if there is so much traffic and people can’t go that fast anyways, why waste the time to lower it and the expense of putting up new signs? The only reason why there are no speedcams in Arlington is becausce Richmond won’t allow it. Thank God.

    Anonymous July 17, 2013 - 3:27 pm #80349 Reply

    So if there is so much traffic and people can't go that fast anyways, why claim it’s about revenue, and why whine about it on comment board?

    Dezlboy July 17, 2013 - 3:32 pm #80352 Reply

    @NS, per 8 July ARLnow article, “The Department of Environmental Services conducted studies…. Information was gathered regarding factors such as vehicle speeds, collisions, traffic volumes, pedestrian and bicyclist activity and development patterns.”

    Thus, apparently there are times when excessive speed lead to collisions with cars, pedestrians, and bicyclists.  And, even if heavy traffic forces a driver to limit their speed, there will always be drivers who weave in and out of lanes at unsafe speeds.

    The lowering of speeds is to increase safety. The signs will pay for themselves.

    Dezlboy July 17, 2013 - 3:37 pm #80353 Reply

    @sansabelt wrote, “…why claim it's about revenue, and why whine about it on comment board?”

    novasteve in training replies, “we didn’t need 25 mph limits when I was a kid. We knew to stay out of the street. What’s wrong with parents these day? They coddle their kids and turn them into whimps! And meanwhile the liberals love it because lowering the speed allows the government to intrude into our lifes.  Liberals only complain when it affects others! Stop denying reality.

    esmith69 July 17, 2013 - 3:39 pm #80354 Reply

    It seems to me that most of the people that tend to complain about speed cameras, speed limits, etc. are people who are habitual speeders and thus violators of the laws.  I’ve been driving for 15 years and have only received one speeding ticket, which I went to court for and was able to get repealed.

    I’m not trying to brag or anything, I’m just saying it really isn’t rocket science.  Avoid going more than 15 over the limit on a highway, 50 in a 40 zone, and over 30 in residential neighborhood and you will be just fine.

    novasteve July 17, 2013 - 6:15 pm #80390 Reply

    I’ve been driving since 1991 and I’ve been pulled over once and got my only speeding ticket that time for doing 67 in a 65 in Ohio. in Fact, the Michigan attorney general at the time said that you shouldn’t pay these tickets because they were targetting only out of state drivers and there was a big fight in the mid 1990s about this thing. So my only speeding ticket was basically because I was a non resident being targetting most likely. If speed cams were about safety, then why start them at 1 mph over the limit in DC? That could easily be within the margin of era. it’s about revenues. That’s why they put them on commuter routes, put them at the bottom of hills, etc.

    mrteapots July 17, 2013 - 6:29 pm #80391 Reply

    They’re going to use the revenue to start a county gay rehabilitation center.

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