Reston, Virginia Speed Traps
The officer hides behind a concrete barrier leading to an emergency stop shoulder. You can’t see him until about 40 feet away unless you are lucky and he parks a little far out and you can see him.
The Federal Protective Service has begun a crackdown on people going above the 25 mph posted limit on US Geological Survey Drive between Sunrise Valley Drive and reston pkwy. Drivers regularly go 10 – 20 mph above that.
Colts Neck rd. used to be 35 mph, but then an accident happened near the shopping center and they made the road 25 mph. There are now plenty of signs, but it is an especially wide 4-lane road on which it is hard to maintain 25 mph. When going south on Colts Neck rd, from South Lakes Dr, there is a long downhill, just before you reach Hunters Woods shopping center. At the bottom of the hill there is a Wachovia bank on your left and a Church parking lot on the right. Generally the cop parks his car in the church lot and then stands behind the church sign (you can�t see him at all). Once he �gets� you, he walks out into the street and waves you into the lot. He never has to wait long! Everyone coasts down that hill at 35-40 mph.
Travelling east on Sterling there are multiple traps while driving downhill. The speed limit is 30MPH. This speed is far to low for a four lane parkway.
Wiehle Avenue near Fairfax County Water Athority — between Reston Parkway and Fairfax County Parkway
An officer will park at the Fairfax County Water Athority treatment facility on Wiehle between the Reston Parkway and the Fairfax County Parkway. He will stand in the middle of the west-bound lanes (2) and about 100 yards from the apex of a hill obscuring him. The speed limit changes from 45 mph to 35 mph on Wiehle when one crosses the Reston Parkway and this trap exploits the change. In general, a 35 mph limit on this road through fenced residential areas would be appropriate, but because this part of the road boarders the FCWA building, at the very least the west-bound lanes are inappropriately marked, thus allowing the Fairfax County Police Department an easy trap for unsuspecting motorists. Also note that in general, Virginia Police do not perform total enforcement and will only ticket for speeds in excess of 14 mph over the posted limit. This arbitrary doctorine contributes to the danger as not all speeding vehicles will be stopped.