The Truth About Cars » Virginia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 02 May 2016 23:59:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 In Which Our Author Narrowly Missed a Trip to Jail http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/author-narrowly-missed-trip-jail/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/author-narrowly-missed-trip-jail/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1104377 Or, as I call it, Virginia is stupid… Last month I spent a fantastic weekend at Pittsburg International Race Complex working my part time gig coaching in supercars. PittsRace is a great facility, lots of runoff, wonderful employees and a pretty great go-kart track. If you swing by, tell Mikey that Mental sends his best. My […]

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Or, as I call it, Virginia is stupid… Last month I spent a fantastic weekend at Pittsburg International Race Complex working my part time gig coaching in supercars. PittsRace is a great facility, lots of runoff, wonderful employees and a pretty great go-kart track. If you swing by, tell Mikey that Mental sends his best. My […]

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Google’s Autonomous Cars See 12th Accident, Virginia Opens Highways For Testing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/googles-autonomous-cars-see-12th-accident-virginia-opens-highways-for-testing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/googles-autonomous-cars-see-12th-accident-virginia-opens-highways-for-testing/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1084305 Google acknowledges the 12th accident involving its autonomous cars, while Virginia opens 70 miles of highway to Google and others for testing. Google’s acknowledgement of the accident was made Wednesday during the tech giant’s annual shareholders meeting, Autoblog reports. Co-founder Sergey Brin said the vehicle was stopped at a traffic light when it was rear-ended, […]

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Google acknowledges the 12th accident involving its autonomous cars, while Virginia opens 70 miles of highway to Google and others for testing. Google’s acknowledgement of the accident was made Wednesday during the tech giant’s annual shareholders meeting, Autoblog reports. Co-founder Sergey Brin said the vehicle was stopped at a traffic light when it was rear-ended, […]

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While You Were Sleeping: Virginia vs ACLU, Indy 500 Throwback and Helicopter Parents Are Taking Over Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/sleeping-virginia-vs-aclu-indy-500-throwback-helicopter-parents-taking-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/sleeping-virginia-vs-aclu-indy-500-throwback-helicopter-parents-taking-cars/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 10:14:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1063290 Virginia is for lovers of license plate readers. Virginia Man Sues Police Over License Plate Database (Wired) “Harrison Neal, a Fairfax resident, filed the suit after learning that his license plate had been scanned by an automatic license plate reader twice last year and stored in a police database, even though he was not a […]

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Virginia is for lovers of license plate readers. Virginia Man Sues Police Over License Plate Database (Wired) “Harrison Neal, a Fairfax resident, filed the suit after learning that his license plate had been scanned by an automatic license plate reader twice last year and stored in a police database, even though he was not a […]

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Virginia Set To Establish Strict Retention Limits On LPR Data http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/virginia-set-establish-strict-retention-limits-lpr-data/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/virginia-set-establish-strict-retention-limits-lpr-data/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1046218 The Commonwealth of Virginia is ready to set strict limits on how long license plate reader data can be retained, said limits being on the order of days. Autoblog reports two bills hit Governor Terry McAuliffe’s desk Wednesday that would balance the citizens’ right to privacy with law enforcement’s need to investigate potential crimes. One […]

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The Commonwealth of Virginia is ready to set strict limits on how long license plate reader data can be retained, said limits being on the order of days. Autoblog reports two bills hit Governor Terry McAuliffe’s desk Wednesday that would balance the citizens’ right to privacy with law enforcement’s need to investigate potential crimes. One […]

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Virginia Assembly Bill To Raise Reckless Driving Threshold Tabled http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/virginia-assembly-bill-raise-reckless-driving-threshold-tabled/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/virginia-assembly-bill-raise-reckless-driving-threshold-tabled/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=989066 Those driving in or through Virginia will have to keep it under 80 for now, as the bill to raise the commonwealth’s threshold for reckless driving is dead. Jalopnik reports the bill, authored by Delegate Jeff Campbell of the 6th District, would have raised the limit to 85 mph, after which one could be charged […]

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Those driving in or through Virginia will have to keep it under 80 for now, as the bill to raise the commonwealth’s threshold for reckless driving is dead. Jalopnik reports the bill, authored by Delegate Jeff Campbell of the 6th District, would have raised the limit to 85 mph, after which one could be charged […]

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Virginia Company Unveils Text-Detection Device http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/virginia-company-unveils-text-detection-device/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/virginia-company-unveils-text-detection-device/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=916050 From the commonwealth where radar detectors are verboten, and speeding has more in common with sex crimes than physical graffiti, a local company has developed a device that can detect the sort of signals a phone might emit when its owner is texting. The Virginian-Pilot reports ComSonics of Harrisonburg, Va. has tweaked technology used by […]

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From the commonwealth where radar detectors are verboten, and speeding has more in common with sex crimes than physical graffiti, a local company has developed a device that can detect the sort of signals a phone might emit when its owner is texting. The Virginian-Pilot reports ComSonics of Harrisonburg, Va. has tweaked technology used by […]

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Obama Talks Connected Vehicles, Highway Funding http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/obama-talks-connected-vehicles-highway-funding/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/obama-talks-connected-vehicles-highway-funding/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=866778 Amid touring the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Va. and having a go at a driving simulator based upon a Saturn SL, President Barack Obama talked about connected vehicles and increasing highway funding before reporters in attendance Tuesday. Autoblog and Bloomberg report the President spoke for 14 minutes on both subjects, though the majority […]

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Amid touring the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Va. and having a go at a driving simulator based upon a Saturn SL, President Barack Obama talked about connected vehicles and increasing highway funding before reporters in attendance Tuesday. Autoblog and Bloomberg report the President spoke for 14 minutes on both subjects, though the majority […]

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Virginia Allows Tesla To Establish Traditional Dealership http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/virginia-allows-tesla-to-establish-traditional-dealership/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/virginia-allows-tesla-to-establish-traditional-dealership/#comments Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:16:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=604601 One week after we mused that electric carmaker Tesla would never be able to defeat current state laws prohibiting factory direct automobile sales and thus must join the franchised dealer model, the company proved us wrong thanks to the Commonwealth of Virginia. According to Automotive News, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and, amazingly, the […]

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One week after we mused that electric carmaker Tesla would never be able to defeat current state laws prohibiting factory direct automobile sales and thus must join the franchised dealer model, the company proved us wrong thanks to the Commonwealth of Virginia. According to Automotive News, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and, amazingly, the […]

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“Distracted Driving” Joins The Ranks Of Primary Offenses In Virginia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/distracted-driving-joins-the-ranks-of-primary-offenses-in-virginia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/distracted-driving-joins-the-ranks-of-primary-offenses-in-virginia/#comments Fri, 05 Apr 2013 16:17:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=483740 In a move that will undoubtedly create a flood of profitable tickets save uncounted lives, Virginia has made “distracted driving” a primary offense and raised the fines to the proverbial ceiling. If you’re confused as to what a “primary offense” might be, toss me some click love and check it out. Virginia’s governor is expected […]

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In a move that will undoubtedly create a flood of profitable tickets save uncounted lives, Virginia has made “distracted driving” a primary offense and raised the fines to the proverbial ceiling. If you’re confused as to what a “primary offense” might be, toss me some click love and check it out. Virginia’s governor is expected […]

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Virginia State Police Help With Budget Crunch http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/virginia-state-police-help-with-budget-crunch/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/virginia-state-police-help-with-budget-crunch/#comments Tue, 09 Mar 2010 16:34:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=348294 A federally funded ticketing blitz in the state of Virginia landed a total of 6996 traffic tickets this weekend. The blitz, dubbed “Operation Air, Land & Speed” coincided with frantic efforts by state officials to close a$2.2 billion budget deficit. Supervisors ordered state troopers to saturate Interstates 81 and 95 to issue as many tickets […]

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A federally funded ticketing blitz in the state of Virginia landed a total of 6996 traffic tickets this weekend. The blitz, dubbed “Operation Air, Land & Speed” coincided with frantic efforts by state officials to close a$2.2 billion budget deficit. Supervisors ordered state troopers to saturate Interstates 81 and 95 to issue as many tickets […]

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Virginia: New Form Of Photo Ticketing Proposed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/virginia-new-form-of-photo-ticketing-proposed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/virginia-new-form-of-photo-ticketing-proposed/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2010 13:03:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=343989 A pair of lawmakers want to bring a unique form of photo enforcement to Virginia. The state Senate yesterday voted 40-0 to expedite consideration of legislation introduced by state Delegate Tom Rust (R-Herndon) and Senator Mark Herring (D-Leesburg) allowing the use of automated ticketing machines to fine people up to $600 for driving on a […]

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A pair of lawmakers want to bring a unique form of photo enforcement to Virginia. The state Senate yesterday voted 40-0 to expedite consideration of legislation introduced by state Delegate Tom Rust (R-Herndon) and Senator Mark Herring (D-Leesburg) allowing the use of automated ticketing machines to fine people up to $600 for driving on a […]

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Virginia DOT Defends Red Light Camera Study http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/virginia-dot-defends-red-light-camera-study/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/virginia-dot-defends-red-light-camera-study/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2010 17:58:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=340656 In 2007, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) performed one of the most comprehensive statewide surveys of the impact of red light cameras on safety (view report). It caused quite a stir upon its release. The study took advantage of seven years’ worth of data both before and after cameras were installed, examining a far […]

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In 2007, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) performed one of the most comprehensive statewide surveys of the impact of red light cameras on safety (view report). It caused quite a stir upon its release. The study took advantage of seven years’ worth of data both before and after cameras were installed, examining a far […]

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