Safety crackdown begins on I-95 along the Potomac

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A $2,500 maximum fine could await anyone speeding, tailgating or driving recklessly on an 11-mile high-crash section of Interstate 95 in Virginia, along the Potomac just south of Washington.

Virginia’s transportation department has designated I-95 from Route 619 near Quantico north to Route 123 near Occoquan a Highway Safety Corridor. From 2000 to 2002, crashes on that stretch killed nine people and injured 800.

Motorists will be alerted that they are entering the corridor with a series of black-and white signs. The crackdown began March 18.

In 2003, Virginia’s General Assembly approved the Highway Safety Corridor designation, which allows speeders to be fined as much as $500 and more serious offenders, such as reckless drivers, to be fined as much as $2,500.

This is Virginia’s third such corridor. The others are 15 miles of I-81 in Montgomery and Roanoke counties and 13 miles of I-95 through Richmond.