Speeding on One Reston Street Will Cost You More

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.”

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