Automobiles

Preventing Auto Accidents
3:09 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Transportation Champion of Change

Tom Dingus/VTTI
Credit Virginia Tech

Traffic accidents cause more injuries than anything else in our society.  And they’re the leading cause of death for people between the ages of three and 33.

Driver distraction is the most common cause of traffic accidents.  And because vehicles are moving at relatively high speeds, what happens in one, affects many others.

The director of Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute, Professor Tom Dingus, says one solution coming down the pike, is something called ‘vehicle connectivity.’

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Virginia Public Access Project
11:07 am
Mon April 15, 2013

VaNews for 04.15.13

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.

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Hydraulic Mills Community
4:44 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Cemetery is in the Path of Route 29 Bypass

Map showing the location of the Hydraulic Mills community.
Credit African American Families Database

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. 

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General Assembly
5:26 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Distracted Driving Legislation

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.

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Transportation
2:20 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Transportation Bill Update

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.  

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