Clearly the person who coined the phrase, “Nothing is certain except death and taxes,” has never driven in the notoriously bad DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area. If they had, they would know that police radar, toll roads, and crippling traffic snarls were also a certainty between wherever you are and wherever you need to be.
Several Redskins players found that out first-hand on Tuesday as they reported to team facilities in Ashburn.
Rookie defensive end Jarvis Jenkins, was caught off guard by the steep tolls on Dulles Toll Road. Sure it beats driving through the traffic lights on Rt. 7, but at what cost?
This was actually Jenkins’s first trip to the DMV, and he’s still settling in to his surroundings. Looks like he’ll be forced to make the same decision that every Dulles-area professional makes in the morning: sit in traffic (with me) or pay “the doe.”
Other Redskins players and fans should take note of the posted speed limits in Ashburn. For those that have never been to Redskins Park, the facility is located off of the Loudoun County Parkway on Redskins Park Drive. On the parkway, the speed limit drops abruptly from 45 m.p.h to 25 m.p.h for less than a mile on either side of the entrance.
I channeled John Madden with Microsoft Paint, and as you can see from the diagram below, the two red X’s marks the approximate location of the speed limit markers:
People definitely want to pump the brakes as they approach the front yard of Redskins Nation. Anthony Armstrong gave a tip of the ol’ cap to the Men in Blue as he turned into team facilities yesterday:
Armstrong is a veteran of the Redskins and the DMV commute, so he knew to heed the posted speed limit.
As to Jenkins and the rest of the rookies, welcome to the DMV commute.
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