Motorists Urged to Put Traffic Safety on Their Travel Agenda This Memorial Day Weekend
RICHMOND – As travelers plan their vacations and pack their bags for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, Virginia State Police is urging motorists to make sure traffic safety is at the top of their agenda. Already this year, 280 individuals, including drivers, passengers, pedestrians and motorcyclists, have lost their lives in traffic crashes. The startling number comes on the heels of an almost 11 percent increase in traffic deaths during 2017.
"Last year, 843 people were killed on Virginia's highways. On average, that's more than two people a day, 16 people a week and 70 people a month. But no matter how you count these tragic incidents, there are just too many," said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. "The sad fact is that many traffic crashes are preventable, but in order to prevent them we all have to do our part by buckling up, complying with speed limits, eliminating distractions and never driving impaired." Read more
2018 DUID Trainings
The Commonwealth Attorneys' Services Council (CASC) will be conducting six DUID Training Programs across the Commonwealth in 2018. This training, for judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers, focuses on the difficult cases involving driver impairment due to the use of illegal and/or prescription drugs.
Topics to be covered include: Recognizing the Drugged Driver, Crashes, Blood Testing Issues, and much more. Additionally, the latest version of the Virginia DUI Manual will be distributed to all participants.
There is no charge for this single-day training program. Lunch and break refreshments will be provided at no charge. Virginia State Bar MCLE and In-Service Training Credits (4 hours Legal, 6 hours total) are pending.
The DUID Program will be presented at the following locations in 2018:
- Lexington – June 14, 2018
Virginia Military Institute
- Fredericksburg – June 28, 2018
Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy
Note: You must pre-register to attend. Registration is conducted on-line at http://www.cas.state.va.us/trainingprograms.htm
Contact Ed Hibbard at email@example.com or at 757-253-4994 if you have any questions.
May is National Bicycle Safety Month
DMV Urges Bicyclists and Motorists to Share the Road
RICHMOND, Va. – As part of National Bicycle Safety Month, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) urges bicyclists and drivers alike to respect the rules of the road – and fellow road users.
"Recent DMV statistics illustrate the importance of bicycle safety with more than 600 bicyclists injured last year. The number of bicyclists killed in Virginia crashes increased 30 percent, from 10 fatalities in 2016 to 13 in 2017," said Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. "One way bicyclists can increase their safety is by always wearing a proper-fitting helmet and teaching their children to wear one as well. Like seat belts in cars, a helmet can save your life in a crash." 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.