Is there any difference between enhanced enforcement and regular patrols? If so, what factors invoke the need for extra efforts in these safety enforcement operations that the Virginia state police is so fond of publicizing?
It is understandable that press releases make news, and may help drivers think twice about their careless driving, and the impact it will have.
But it is it just publicity, or are there actual extra patrols unleashed at certain times? Because the publicity effect and value is probably the same whether enforcement efforts are really any different.
Just an honest question.
But, from this news we did learn that:
- On 1-64, the ratio of regular speeding tickets to criminal reckless driving citations is just under 7 to 1 (1700/251).
- While on I-66, the speeding to reckless citation ratio is 5 1/2 to 1 (680/123).
- Some small percentage of traffic stops result in felony drug charges.
What does it all mean? Does any of this really inform a driver’s behavior? Or is it column filling pseudo info for newspapers, and busywork for the state police public relations department.
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