If you think there are too many lawyers in politics it may be time to think again, at least where the Virginia General Assembly is concerned.
That story and one that exposes a loophole in the state’s new texting-while-driving law were at the top of the hit list on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link this past week. Fred Echols reports .
VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at vpap.org.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has cleared another speed bump in its drive to build a bypass to Route 29 through Albemarle County.
Those who oppose the 29 bypass have made many arguments. Some think the project, which VDOT predicts will cost about $240 million is too expensive for the limited time drivers would save. Others worry about the impact on health from a six-mile road that would pass by six schools, while a third group feared trucks with hazardous cargo could pass too close to the city’s water supply.
The passage of Virginia’s transportation-funding bill was not the only change of heart that took place in the General Assembly this session. Another was tackling a growing traffic-safety hazard that did not even exist a generation ago—and making it a primary offense. It not only toughens current state penalties against texting while driving, but it targets similar communications.
The Virginia Senate has voted for a transportation-funding bill that increases the gas tax, removes most of Governor McDonnell’s proposals, and allows Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads to raise extra revenue.