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Saturday, August 10, 2013
Untangle traffic and fill the city coffers
The intersection of Williamson Road and Elm Avenue is a traffic nightmare. Drivers routinely block the entire intersection and stop the flow of traffic.
The Code of Virginia states that traffic must stop on red. The fine for violating this statute is up to $350.
On a daily basis, I observe more than 50 such violations when drivers ignore the red signal and proceed forward.
A July 29 news report from WDBJ 7 stated that “local police are increasing their presence and enforcement in the area.” Since, I have not seen a single patrol car, bicycle officer or foot officer enforcing traffic laws at this frustrating intersection at the busiest time of day.
The fines generated from these violations could bring thousands of dollars into the city’s coffers. If even 20 fines were issued at $150, the fines collected would equal $3,000 in one day. Four days would be $12,000.
Moreover, a constant police presence would serve to decrease the countless violations and inevitable traffic snarls at this intersection.
JAMIE B. PRICE
Plans for lake access are a good start
I am pleased to see the plans and progress being made on the proposed Smith Mountain Lake access at Oak Grove.
This is a project that is in the public interest and is part of the responsibility of Appalachian Power to pursue. The support of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for this location is much appreciated.
Many are well aware that there is an acute shortage of boater access to Smith Mountain Lake as well as boater access to many of the rivers and streams in Virginia. This access will help alleviate the shortage, but it is not the final access needed on the lake.
I am satisfied that the plans for Oak Grove are well thought out and that interests of all stakeholders have been considered and addressed.
Keep up the good work in the public interest.
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