Motorists should be aware that more than 200 Prince William County streets carry an enhanced fine for speeding – $200 over and above the standard fine for speeding. These streets were approved by the Board of County Supervisors at the request of residents or organizations representing residents who live along those roads.
The enhanced signs are a traffic-calming measure that a community must petition to receive. The community must acquire 51-percent support for the targeted streets in order to bring the request to the attention of County government.
Typically this initiative is a result of perceived speeding problems in a community, and the enhanced fine is intended to discourage risk-takers by making them think about the additional $200.
Prince William County and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) move quickly to meet citizen requests for the enhanced fine speeding zones. The legislation went into effect in July 1996. The first residential streets to receive the signs were Hillendale Road in Dale City and the two-lane section of Smoketown Road in Lake Ridge.
It is the Commonwealth Transportation Board's policy that VDOT, upon a formal request from Prince William County government, will install the signs on local residential streets and on 'collector' streets that have residential characteristics. These streets must have a posted speed limit of 35 m.p.h. or less. The warning signs advise motorists of an additional fine of up to $200 above other penalties provided by law for exceeding the speed limit.
Homeowners associations can request that the signs be posted at the entrances and exits of neighborhoods – a change that keeps VDOT from having to install signs on each and every road.