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The course description and registration information can be located on the DMVNow website or utilizing the following address:
https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/safety/#programs/crashes/index.asp

Here are the FY18 Crash Investigation & Reconstruction Program courses currently scheduled:

Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash Investigation Course 
July 16 - 20, 2018 
Central Virginia Community College, Bedford Campus 
1633 Venture Blvd
Bedford, VA 24523 
30 Seats

Human Factors in Traffic Crash Reconstruction
July 30 - August 3, 2018 (0800-1700)
Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy
3630 Lee Hill Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
30 Seats

Advanced Crash Investigation
July 30 - August 10, 2018
Henrico Recreation & Parks
6800 Staples Mill Road
Henrico, Virginia 23228 
30 Seats

Pedestrian/Bicycle Crash Investigation
August 6 - 10, 2018
Norfolk Police Department - Third Patrol Division
901 Ashbury Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23513
30 Seats 

Questions?  Contact:
Steven Williams
Virginia DMV | Program Manager | Highway Safety Office
540-632-3042 | steven.williams@dmv.virginia.govwww.dmvNOW.com


Virginia State Police Arrest Almost A DUI An Hour During July 4 Holiday Period

RICHMOND – Fourth of July 2018 marked a busy holiday for Virginia State Police when it came to arresting impaired drivers and citing speeding motorists. In addition, a total of three fatal crashes occurred in the counties of Augusta, Culpeper and Northampton during the two-day, holiday, statistical counting period.

Once again this year, Virginia State Police participated in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort), which is a traffic safety initiative that began 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2018 and concluded Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at midnight. The state-sponsored, national program encourages law enforcement agencies to increase visibility and traffic enforcement efforts on major travel holidays, like the Fourth of July.

The 2018 Fourth of July Operation C.A.R.E. initiative resulted in troopers stopping and arresting a total of 42 drunk drivers during the 48-hour statistical counting period. Troopers also stopped and issued summonses to 4,911 speeders and 1,251 reckless drivers. Troopers cited 429 safety belt violations and 114 child restraint violations. Read more


Virginia Experiences Decrease in 2018 Memorial Day Weekend Traffic Deaths
Preliminary reports indicate six traffic deaths – the lowest within at least the past 5 years

RICHMOND – Virginia experienced its fewest number of traffic deaths during the 2018 Memorial Day weekend - the lowest within at least the past five years. Preliminary reports indicate six traffic deaths occurred on Virginia highways during this year's statistical counting period, which began at 12:01 a.m. Friday (May 25, 2018) and concluded at midnight Monday (May 28, 2018).

 "This decrease in the Memorial Day weekend traffic fatalities and the slowing of traffic deaths for 2018 are both proof that we can save lives on Virginia's highways by working together," said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. "The Virginia State Police, in collaboration with our local police and sheriff's offices, will continue our stepped up education and enforcement efforts as we head into the busy summer travel months. We simply ask for Virginians to do their part by always buckling up, complying with speed limits, driving distraction free and never driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs." Read more


Governor's 2018 Transportation Safety Awards Announced
Groups and Citizens Recognized for Commitment to Saving Lives

VIRGINIA BEACH - Virginia's top transportation safety advocates were honored Wednesday, May 23 during a ceremony at Virginia's Highway Safety Summit in Virginia Beach. DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor's Highway Safety Representative, presented the 2018 Governor's Transportation Safety Awards.

The following individuals and organizations were honored for outstanding contributions to transportation safety... Read more


Governor Northam Recognizes Finalists in DMV's License Plate Contest
Blacksburg Student Announced as Grand-Prize Winner

RICHMOND – Governor Ralph Northam, Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and members of the General Assembly celebrated the eight finalists in DMV's Take Action Against Distraction License Plate Design Contest on Thursday, April 12 at the Capitol in Richmond.

Governor Northam announced Kaya Windpainter as the winner of the license plate design contest. Kaya received a $1,000 prize, courtesy of AAA. Her design concept will be available on license plates this summer. Read more


NEW RESOURCE PAGE: Suggested Strategies for Improving Campus Pedestrian Safety

Given the large amount of traffic running through and around Virginia's campuses, and the increased numbers of college students, faculty, and staff who are walking and bicycling for commuting, physical activity and recreation, pedestrian injuries remain a concern for campus law enforcement. This page provides resources to assist you in planning policies, educational and enforcement strategies.


Important! TREDS Process Changes Coming Soon

Beginning around February 1, 2018, all agencies in Virginia will be required to submit requests to the TREDS System Owner at DMV whenever agency personnel need new user accounts for TREDS/ReportBeam. These requests will, under most circumstances, need to be submitted by a TREDS Department Administrator at the local agency. This is a change from the current procedure. Read more


Virginia 2019 Inspection Stickers to Be Relocated on Vehicle Windshield

RICHMOND – Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Virginia state inspection stickers will no longer be affixed to the bottom center of a vehicle's windshield. Due to new innovations in the automotive industry, the state inspection stickers will be placed in the bottom left corner of the windshield, when viewed from inside the vehicle. This change in location will also apply to the placement of any other authorized stickers. There have been no changes made to the size or appearance of the existing vehicle inspection sticker.

The relocation stems from the fact that automobile manufacturers now offer crash avoidance technology in many of their vehicles.  In such vehicles, the new technology utilizes the center of the windshield. Therefore the placement of items in that area, including stickers, could prevent crash avoidance systems from operating properly. Read more


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State Safety Belt Usage Rate (2017):

85.3%

2016 Rate: 79%

Traffic fatalities on VA’s
highways since
Jan. 1, 2018

(as of July 10):

401
(Compared to 407 at this time last year)

 

2017 Distracted Driving Summit

 

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