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Albemarle County police issue more than 100 speeding tickets in 1 day

The Albemarle County Police Department issued more than 100 speeding tickets over the course of three hours on a single day this past week.

The tickets were part of two “speed enforcement initiatives” set up on the U.S. 250 Bypass Thursday in the area of Fontaine Avenue and the 2500 block of U.S. 29. The former has been identified by police as a high-traffic zone and the latter a significant crash zone for motorists.

Officers said they stopped 113 vehicles for speeding and issued 119 tickets during the three hours the initiatives were active.

Out of the 113 stopped vehicles, 19 drivers were exceeding the posted speed limit by 20 mph or more, according to the lidar technology used by officers in both areas. Lidar stands for light and detection and radar; it allows police officers to more accurately determine the speed of a single vehicle, with lasers detecting the speed of an object in the path of the beam.

Albemarle police presented Thursday’s mass ticketing as a cautionary tale and urged drivers to slow down and avoid distractions on the road.

Thursday’s initiative was the department’s second this year. The first was in January, during which 123 vehicles were stopped for speeding and 131 tickets were issued.


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