Transportation

Eyes on the Road
4:17 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Distracted Driving

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.

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Government & Politics
4:21 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Is a Toll a Tax?

State leaders say they do not have a contingency plan if the Virginia Supreme Court upholds a lower court ruling that tolls are taxes and not user fees.  

A group of Hampton Roads residents won a victory earlier this year over whether or not they are being unfairly tolled to pay for construction of a second Midtown Tunnel and maintenance of other tunnels.

Those who support VDOT's position say that if residents within that region win this lawsuit, citizens throughout the entire state will lose.

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Government & Politics
4:49 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Troops to Trucks

Virginia’s DMV is facilitating a unique relationship between the military and the transportation industry. While there is a shortage of commercially licensed drivers and fewer jobs for veterans, the DMV is making it easier for servicemen and women who have specialized driving experience to obtain their Commercial Drivers License when returning home. 

The program is part of a statewide effort to translate the skills learned in the military into the certifications needed for civilian jobs. 

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Salvage Solutions
7:44 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Refurbished Flooded Cars Keep Local Business Busy

Credit wheels.blogs.nytimes.com

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".

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Texting While Driving
4:35 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

New July Laws: Behind the Wheel

Texting-while-driving was already against the law, but now police have a new tool that will enable them to hand out more citations.

Supporters of the revised Virginia law hope that steep fines will deter drivers from taking their eyes off the road to read and send text messages.

Lawmakers overcame privacy concerns about police peering into vehicles as the evidence piled up about the growing number of deadly accidents due to texting. Bill sponsor Delegate Rich Anderson says now the law has some teeth.

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