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Hopewell defends speed enforcement program

Responding to a scathing report from AAA Mid-Atlantic about Hopewell’s ticket-writing program, city leaders touted the safety benefits of the sheriff’s traffic unit at a Thursday city council meeting.

Protecting lives, arresting felons and intercepting drug traffic are all advantages gained from the traffic program, according to Mayor Christina Luman-Bailey.

“How could anyone who supports safe driving possibly object to tickets being issued to speeders of 81 miles an hour [or more]?” Luman-Bailey said, reports The Progress-Index.

The AAA report brought national attention to Hopewell’s “I-295 Highway Safety Program,” with Sheriff Greg Anderson defending his speed enforcement unit to reporters from across the country. Anderson has publicly blamed Virginia State Police Superintendent Steven Flaherty for legislative efforts to undermine the program’s effectiveness as a source of revenue.

The Hopewell speed enforcement project brings in around $2 million a year for the city.

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