Virginia DOT’s determination to increase speed limits upsets King George officials

As King George Board of Supervisors’ member Cathy Binder described her reaction to a state plan to raise speed limits—despite the concerns of local officials—she invoked an image often seen in road-rage incidents.

“I’m very disappointed in VDOT,” said Binder, who lives along one of the affected areas. “To be blunt, they’re putting their finger up to King George, and they’re not considering the residents.”

Her comment came as county officials opened a public hearing on the Virginia Department of Transportation’s proposal to raise the speed limit from 55 mph to 60 mph on certain sections of State Route 3 and U.S. 301. But before hearing from the public, King George County Administrator Neiman Young clarified that it wouldn’t really make much difference what residents or county officials said.