Arlington County Board members will search approval from the Common Meeting to broaden pace cameras throughout the group.
In a measure just lately enacted by the legislature however not but carried out by Arlington officers, localities have the facility to put in “automated site visitors enforcement” (for rushing 10 mph above the posted restrict in class zones and work zones). The county authorities, in an merchandise tucked into its draft legislative want checklist for 2021 following a public listening to, seeks enlargement of the speed-camera authority to all areas of the county.
The broader measure was proposed by the Transportation Fee, which instructed not solely pace enforcement, but additionally enforcement of stop-sign operating, be achieved by digital means.
(Virginia localities have already got the facility to arrange cameras to catch red-light runners, however are restricted by state regulation to utilizing them at just some intersections.)
Giving localities extra authority in automated site visitors enforcement “has the potential to enhance security, cut back pointless interactions between residents and police and additional advance equitable outcomes by lowering or eliminating raced-based disparities in pace enforcement,” the County Board’s one-paragraph coverage proposal says, though it affords no proof that motorists in Arlington obtain completely different remedy based mostly on demographic traits from police with regards to rushing and comparable infractions.
Board members are slated to approve the legislative want checklist at their Dec. 12 assembly. The bundle will probably be forwarded to the seven members of the county’s Common Meeting delegation.
The Common Meeting is about to open its 2021 session in early January for what ordinarily can be a 46-day session. However Republican leaders have vowed to make use of procedural means to restrict the session to 30 days, saying the prolonged particular session earlier this 12 months offered ample alternative for urgent laws to be addressed, negating the necessity for an extended winter session.
If Republicans can pressure the Democratic majority to stay to the 30-day timetable, it might make it troublesome to course of the hundreds of payments patroned by legislators every year, which might additional the probability that ancillary items of laws can be left behind.
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