The annual traffic enforcement assault in Virginia known as Operation Land, Sea, and Air resulted in 6000 traffic and criminal citations being recorded.
As reported by WHSV-TV this past weekend, the Virginia State Police were out in force on interstate’s across the Commonwealth, notably I-64. The result was thousands of traffic tickets and almost 900 criminal reckless driving citations.
In addition, there were a number of drunk driving and other criminal and felony arrests. Also caught up in this police effort were hundreds of people cited for seat-belt violations.
The VSP states that these publicized enforcement efforts are meant to make the public aware of the need to be careful on the roads, and promote driving safety. No doubt that is at least partially true, but it can’t be overlooked that these aggressive traffic enforcement campaigns also bring in lots of money in fines and fees that is a real boon to Virginia’s difficult state budget problems.