Virginia sets first safety enforcement zone

| 1/12/2004

A 15-mile section of Interstate 81 between Ironto and Salem, VA, has been designated Virginia's first Safety Enforcement Zone, according to WFNR News.

The zone is part of a Virginia Department of Transportation program to address safety in high crash locations. VDOT statistics show 93 people were injured in 177 crashes on this section of I-81 during 2002.

VDOT has posted bright yellow signs marking the 15-mile corridor where increased fines can apply. Traffic or criminal violations in this area could result in fines up to $2,500.

VDOT says the increased fines are part of a Highway Safety Corridor Program created by the 2003 General Assembly. Other sections of Virginia interstates could be designated safety enforcement zones later this year.