Virginia Editorial: Highway Safety Bills Get Shafted

Of the 3,332 of bills, resolutions and other pieces of legislation introduced for consideration by legislators in the 2019 session of the General Assembly, three common-sense proposals related to highway safety stand out to us: Funding for construction of safety improvements on Interstate 81 from the use of tolls to pay for the $3.3 billion in costs; Restricting the use a smartphone while operating a motor vehicle and Increased enforcement of work-zone speed limits through the use of cameras.

Sadly — and cynics would say predictably — legislators only looked positively on the use of cameras to enforce work zone speed limits and kicked the proverbial can down the road on the other two.