Sunday, March 10, 2013
Yep. You're on more than law enforcement's radar — you're probably on their cameras more than you know. More red-light photo enforcement cameras could be coming to an intersection near you. What do you think?
Many drivers get just a little bit nervous — and may drive a bit more responsibly — when there’s a police car in sight. But it may not take an actual police car to prompt drivers to change their behavior. Fairfax County officials last week authorized a study to analyze the costs and benefits of bringing back red-light cameras. It’s not just Fairfax County: Red-light cameras are successful in Arlington, according to a January 2013 report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Alexandria has a red-light camera program that has caught thousands of drivers. The city of Falls Church is putting cameras on school buses to catch drivers who blow past buses as they pick up and drop off students. Opponents of the district’s red light and …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Go ahead: vent. Take our Patch Poll and give us your comments about whether Congress deserves a paycheck.
For those who were predicting sequestration would kick in and furloughs would soon begin, you got it right. Sequestration 2013 is under way, which prompted a Patch reader to ask this about Congress: What are we paying these guys for? Because there's no budget deal, 207,000 jobs in Virginia could be lost, and everyone from special-needs children to defense contractors are due to get hit. So we ask you, should we stop paying Congress members' salaries until they come to a deal on the budget? Tell us in our Patch Poll and in the comments section below.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Our Patch Poll gives you an opportunity to sound off on sequestration 2013.
If there were as many solutions to the federal budget impasse as there are fingers pointing toward who's to blame, our region wouldn't be about to get hit with a whole lot of sequestration pain. Already, area workers, businesses and local governments are starting to feel the affects of the budget cuts from sequestration 2013, and the slashing hasn't even begun — yet. Come Friday, though, the wheels that could run over and kill about 207,000 jobs in Virginia will start moving, barring an agreement. So, who's to blame? And why? Take our Patch Poll and expand on your answer in the comments section below.