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Speeding on One Reston Street Will Cost You More

by Karen Goff February 25, 2015 at 9:30 am 3,368 14 Comments

Map of Thunder Chase Drive

A stretch of road in Reston is about to get a lot pricier should you be caught speeding.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors last week approved a resolution to install “$200 additional fines for speeding” signs on Thunder Chase Drive, which runs from Sunrise Valley Drive to Colts Brook Drive.

The markup in speeding fees in the residential area — where the speed limit is 35 — come as part of a the county’s Residential Traffic Administration Program (RTAP).

As part of the RTAP, roads are reviewed for traffic calming changes when requested by a board member on behalf of a homeowners or civic association. In November and December of last year, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation received written verification from Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins confirming community support, according to county documents.

The supervisors also approved the same signage and increased fees on Broadwater Drive from Paynes Church Drive to James Halley Drive in the Braddock District.

From the county:

Section 46.2-878.2 of the Code of Virginia permits a maximum fine of $200, in addition
to other penalties provided by law, to be levied on persons exceeding the speed limit on
appropriately designated residential roadways. These residential roadways must have
a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less.

In addition, to determine that a speeding
problem exists, staff performs an engineering review to ascertain that additional speed
and volume criteria are met. Broadwater Drive from Paynes Church Drive to James
Halley Drive (attachment II) and Thunder Chase Drive from Colts Brook Drive to
Sunrise Valley Drive (attachment III) meets the RTAP requirements for posting of the
“$200 Additional Fine for Speeding Signs.”

  • FULL TIME BOJANGLER

    Cathy Hudgins sure is a great leader.

    • John Galt

      The free market should really determine the speed limit.

  • Slooow Dooown

    Need this on Fairway.

    • FULL TIME BOJANGLER

      Yes we do. Fairway Dr. has a park where children play soccer and baseball. Cars parked on both sides of the street create a narrow roadway and people go too fast. Hudgins, get on it!

  • WW

    Unfortunately this only works if all neighbors agree that speeding is an issue. And when some of your own neighbors are the offenders, good luck getting that through. We have a major problem on Rosedown Drive, yet some of the neighbors on that street refuse to accept traffic calming measures because they’d be “inconvenienced.”

    I can’t count how many times I’ve been passed on that street – a narrow residential street – by cars inconvenienced by the 25 MPH speed limit. Most recently, it was a gray Acura, license plate XJV 8803.

    • Mike M

      It only works if enforced and enforcement at this level is almost impossible.
      By the way, note that your other post implies that you want to go faster in a neighborhood where others want you to slow down, if I read it correctly.
      That’s the thing. Wagging your finger at your neighbor is fun for some righteous folk, until they start inconveniencing you right back.

      • John Galt

        So what you are saying is that socialists with their speed limits are keeping you down and wagging their liberal fingers at your freedom to drive as fast as you damn well please? After all you bought a car that can go faster than 25mph and you should damn well be able to drive it as fast as it can go, assuming market forces don’t dictate another speed?

        • Mike M

          I am looking at my comments and your interpretation and I want to know where you get your crack. (I must have burned you in some political-economic discussion.)

  • CS

    I agree that Fairway drive needs this.

    At the same time, i think the speed limit on whiele between RP and FCP should be bumped up to 40 or 45. It’s classified as a residential road, but, the travel lanes are more open and have less proximity to housing, and fewer pedestrians traveling near the street than RP, which has a higher speed limit. It almost seems like an intentional speed trap for cops to sit at and collect money, as its easy to go 40 mph and not even realize do to the double-lane and openness of the road.

    • WW

      There are a number of large, open roads with artificially low speed limits that appear designed for maximum revenue generation (i.e. speeding tickets). On the other hand, there are a lot of neighborhood streets where speeding is a regular occurrence, but where the police never enforce because they can’t get that 4-point $100+ ticket like they can on a street with a 35MPH limit where traffic generally moves safely at 45PMH plus. Sunrise Valley between Wiehle and Hunter Mill comes to mind.

      • Mike M

        Sunrise Valley between Wiehle and Hunter Mill has a major blind entrance called Oldfield where people will die someday soon because they cannot see the traffic coming from the left (west) and it is usually speeding. I don’t agree that 45 mph is safe there unless they open up visibility.

      • Mark Leone

        Frying Pan Rd. between Centerville Rd and Monroe is another example. It’s two lanes each way, with a wide shoulder, and non residential. The posted speed limit is 35 mph. You can do 45 mph and feel like you’re actually being a bit careful, and you’re actually 10 mph over the limit. That precise thing happened to someone I know. She complained politely to the cop that it was a speed trap, and he replied something like “Yeah, I suggest you find another route to use”.

  • Max

    Fairway drive is a disaster waiting to happen. First they should not let people park on both sides of the road. Essentially it makes it a one lane road with cars speeding down it. The same goes with the damn school buses parked along North shore drive by Lake Anne school.

  • Michael P. McHugh

    It only works if enforced and enforcement at this level is almost impossible.

    By the way, note that your other post implies that you want to go faster in a neighborhood where others want you to slow down, if I read it correctly. That’s the thing. Wagging your finger at your neighbor is fun for some righteous folk, until the neighbors start inconveniencing you right back.

    I live in a neighborhood where a small handful of neighbors banded together to buy and post ugly and not very readable “Slow Down” signs all over the place. They are an eyesore and the people (offenders) at whom they are aiming them wouldn’t moderate their behavior even if they could read them. So, ugly and ineffective signs are of what value? I’d like to know how many years they intend to keep the signs up. Until their kids go to college? Will they replace the ones destroyed by snow and plows?

    Ultimately these signs are all about the people who like to wag their fingers and not about anyhing else. One of these signs has been posted to Sunrise Valley right where you say you should be able to go faster and not be “inconvenienced.”

    These busy body neighbors have among them a couple who have trained their kids to take their time getting out of the way of cars as they play constantly in the middle of a through street.

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