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.
Virginia has recently joined other states that want to reduce distracted driving accidents by passing a ban on texting while behind the wheel. But some drivers still don't get it and perform the act daily.
Just how safety advocates can help change that was the focus of the first annual Distracted Driving Summit in Richmond.
With heavy rainfall like we have had this year we have seen flooding throughout the area that has inundated cars. Many of these end up as salvage and are auctioned off to automobile recycling centers where not all are dismantled and sold as parts but resold to go back on the road. Flooded cars could be a good value for a wise car buyer.
George Aznavorian runs East Coast Auto Source in Bedford County and he looks for “Flood Cars".
Now that the state’s new transportation package is in effect, a State Senator from Northern Virginia is vowing to repeal one controversial part – a fee for hybrid vehicles.
Adam Ebbin, a Democrat from Alexandria, says it’s illogical and unfair to tax hybrid technology – forcing owners to pay $64 a year.
“Y’know we have people who are paying more for their vehicles and paying higher personal property taxes to do the right thing for the environment, and they shouldn’t be taxed just for doing the right thing.”
Americans waste an average of $818 a year sitting in traffic. A study from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute also says we’ll plan on an hour in rush-hour traffic for every 20-minutes of driving in normal traffic.
All that time adds up and that is the reason Virginia has almost 20 rideshare agencies. Jeremy Holmes is Program Director of Ride Solutions in Roanoke.