The News Desk is a collection of news, notes and breaking items affecting the Fredericksburg community.
Getting There: Motorcycles cruising and crashing in larger numbers
BY SCOTT SHENK
YOU’VE probably noticed by now that motorcyclists are taking advantage of the warmer weather, and there are even more of them on the roads nowadays.
In the past decade, motorcycle registrations have increased more than 100 percent,according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Unfortunately, along with the increased popularity of motorcycles have come more deadly crashes in Virginia.
In 2011, there were 15 percent more motorcycle crashes statewide than in 2010, with 90 riders killed and 2,036 injured, according to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
So those of us driving cars need to be more aware now because motorcycles can disappear awfully easy in blind spots.
On that note, motorcyclists need to do their part, too, and understand that they bear as much if not more responsibility on the road as those of us in cars.
Dear Scott: I live on Hot Spring Lane in the Salem Fields community (The Glen).
My street used to have a double yellow line on the centerline. This was probably a requirement of the Virginia Department of Transportation when itreviewed the developer’s plan.
This double yellow line has worn away, from Sandusky Court to approximately Versaille Drive.
When will VDOT repaint this double yellow line?
I have been passed because I drive the speed limit of 25 mph and the car behind me thought I wasn’t going fast enough.
Many cars speed on this street and our HOA has asked for the Sheriff’s Office to use radar enforcement, but they can’t be here all the time. Maybe speed humps would help.
Your attention to the yellow line would be helpful.
–David Smith, Spotsylvania
VDOT crews checked the street and, sure enough, the double yellow lines need to be repainted.
Spokeswoman Kelly Hannon said that within four weeks, crews will come out and repaint the entire street between the two Rappahannock Drive intersections.
An additional note to this, as Hannon points out, is that there are numerous methods VDOT uses to slow traffic in residential areas.
One way is to install speed bumps. But along with the advantages of such traffic-calming measures, there are also disadvantages. For instance, speed bumps surely make cars go slower, but who wants to drive over them every day?
There also is a process you have to go through before any traffic-calming changes can be made.
Residents who have a concern about their neighborhood and speeding can contact their representative on the county Board of Supervisors.
VDOT also providesinformation online atvirginiadot.org/programs/faq-traffic-calming.asp.
Dear Scott: How many times will VDOT replace the stop sign in the middle of the intersection at Jim Morris Drive and the U.S. 17 Bypass?
There is currently a flashing red light and a stop sign on the right side of the intersection.
Do we really need two stop signs and a flashing red light?
The stop sign in the middle of the intersection gets destroyed and replaced at least once a month.
–Brian Patrick, Spotsylvania
VDOT crews checked the intersection and decided to keep the median’s stop signs, Hannon said.
The reason for those signs is that there isn’t a really good spot for the roadside signs. They aren’t suitably visible where they are, she said, but if VDOT moved them, the signs would be too far from the intersection.
She said VDOT will add a marker beneath the “Keep Right” signs to make the posts easier to notice, which hopefully will keep drivers from running them over.
Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436