Virginia lawmakers approve use of speed cameras in work zones

Virginia lawmakers have approved legislation to allow the commonwealth’s first speed-camera program, a significant shift for the state, which has been slow to embrace technology that has long been used by law enforcement in neighboring Washington, D.C., and Maryland, along with elsewhere in the nation.

The legislation, if signed by Gov. Ralph Northam, would allow Virginia State Police troopers to use the cameras only in highway work zones. A trooper’s vehicle would have to have its blue flashing lights activated and signs warning of camera use would have to be placed within 1,000 feet of the work zone.

Tickets would be issued by mail for vehicles traveling at least 12 mph over the posted speed limit. Sen. Bill Carrico, R-Grayson, the legislation’s sponsor, said drivers would be able to contest the $125 fine.