There was a time when a license plate simply identified a car, its owner and, in many cases, if it was on the road legally. But now, with advancing technology, it's much more—and a lot of people don't like it.
Recent published reports indicate that police departments are using license plate scanners without the public’s knowledge—and even when people haven't committed an infraction.
Lawmakers are trying to decide exactly what police departments and other agencies can do with that information.
State Police continue their investigation of a crash that claimed the life of one Washington and Lee University student and injured seven others.
Three remain in the hospital, and the university held a vigil Tuesday evening.
The tragedy occurred on a rural road outside Lexington.
“Around 1:30 this morning, on Turkey Hill Road, which is in Rockbridge County, a 2006 Tahoe was traveling southbound when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway, hit a tree stump and overturned," said Sgt. Robert Carpentieri.
When the Virginia General Assembly approved new transportation funding this year, it also allocated 2-and-a-half billion dollars more than VDOT's previous six-year transportation improvement plan. That is allowing the agency to focus aggressively on some badly needed construction projects statewide to relieve congestion, make repairs, and build new lanes. But it will also mean some headaches for motorists traveling on some of the busiest stretches of Virginia.