COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Guidelines Utilized for Enhanced Speeding Fines on Morgantown Road
Review of VDOTís guidelines for enhanced speeding fines and approval of resolution requesting special speeding violation designation for Morgantown Road
Tucker, Foley, Davis, Cilimberg, Benish, Wade
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
June 2, 2004
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
On May 12, 2004, staff submitted an Executive Summary (Attachment A) to the Board of Supervisors requesting the Board to adopt a resolution to request that VDOT designate Morgantown Road for enhanced speeding violation fines and to install signage alerting motorists there will be a fine of up to $200 for exceeding the established speed limit. The Board of Supervisors requested that staff provide additional background data on this road and VDOTís guidelines for designating such areas. In addition, the Board requested staff to examine whether a local policy establishing criteria for recommending such areas is needed.
3.1 Make the County a Safe and Healthy Community in which citizens feel secure to live, work and play.
VDOTís Policy and Procedures regarding the installation of signs advising of maximum penalty for exceeding the posted maximum speed limit in certain residence districts was adopted by the Commonwealth Transportation Board on June 17, 1999 (Attachment B). This Policy provides guidelines for addressing the issue of exceeding the speed limit on streets in certain residence districts and installing signs as prescribed in Virginia Code Section 46.2-878.2. Staff referred to these guidelines when determining whether Morgantown Road meets the criteria to qualify for sign installation.
For a County to request that VDOT install the appropriate signs as provided in Section 46.2-878.2 of the Code of Virginia, it must make such request by resolution of the local governing body. If the Board of Supervisors adopts such resolution, it shall be submitted to the local VDOT Resident Engineer, along with the following support data.
1. Identification of the neighborhood and specific highway(s) where the signs are requested to be installed.
Signs will be installed along the entire length of Morgantown Road.
2. Confirmation that the highway(s) meet the definitions of local residential, collector, or minor arterial streets as described above.
Morgantown Road is considered a local residential street according to VDOTís definition provided in the Policy and Procedures.
3. Notification that a speeding problem exists and that the increased penalty has community support.
The Albemarle County Police Department has conducted a speed/traffic survey on Morgantown Road in the recent past and determined that there is a speeding problem along that road. In March 2004, the County Police posted a smart sign, which posts the speed a vehicle is traveling as it approaches the unit. The smart sign also calculates the volume of traffic, the average speed and the high and low speeds. The recent smart sign survey indicated that 54% of all vehicles are exceeding the speed limit by 10 or more miles per hour. See Attachment C for a summary of the smart sign survey.
Ivy Community Association supports the effort to install signage alerting motorists there will be a fine of up to $200 for exceeding the established speed limit. The Ivy Community Association conducted an email poll on the proposed fine, which consisted of 479 email addresses. Of those residents that responded (approximately 7%), the community supported the change by a nearly 4-1 margin. Additionally, the Ivy Community Association Board formally reached a consensus to support this request at their March 26, 2004 meeting. See Attachment D for the results of the email poll and a statement by the Ivy Community Association Board Secretary regarding the Boardís consensus to support this request.
Staff has determined that Morgantown Road meets the criteria for signage alerting motorists there will be a fine of up to $200 for exceeding the established speed limit. If the Board of Supervisors approves the Resolution, it will be forwarded to the local Resident Engineer of VDOT, along with the appropriate supporting data. If the Resident Engineer finds that all criteria have been met, he will forward the request to the District Administrator. The District Administrator will have the signs installed within 60 days of the date the request was approved.
Staff recommends the Board of Supervisors adopt the attached Resolution. In addition, if the Board feels that a local policy is necessary to establish criteria different than VDOT criteria, staff recommends that the Board direct it to bring a proposed policy back to the Board for its consideration.
View Attachment A - May 12 Exec summary and resolution
View Attachment B - CTB Policy and Guidelines
View Attachment C - Speed traffic survey
View Attachment D - Memo from Ivy Commons
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