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Governor McAuliffe Signs Legislation Enabling Transportation Network Companies to Legally Operate in Virginia

RICHMOND – Today Governor McAuliffe signed SB1025 and HB1662, which established licensing procedures for transportation network companies (TNC’s) like Uber and Lyft to legally operate in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Earlier this year, Governor McAuliffe and Attorney General Herring’s offices worked with the Department of Motor Vehicles and TNC companies to find a compromise that allowed these entities to temporarily operate in Virginia until the General Assembly passed permanent legislation. Read more


General Assembly Passes Bill from Attorney General Herring and Delegate Lopez to Ban Dangerous Powdered Alcohol

RICHMOND (February 16, 2015) -- Today, the Senate unanimously passed a bill from Attorney General Mark R. Herring and Delegate Alfonso Lopez (49-Arlington) to ban the importation, sale, and use of powdered or crystalline alcohol. The bill was previously approved unanimously by the House of Delegates and it will now go to Governor Terry McAuliffe for his signature. The use of powdered alcohol presents a substantial risk for abuse, especially by young people, because it can be easily transported, hidden or consumed due to its discrete, compact packaging. It could be sprinkled into to someone's drink without their knowledge, snorted through the nose potentially leading to brain damage, and could easily be over-consumed resulting in alcohol poisoning. Powdered alcohol is currently banned in seven states, with several other state legislatures considering similar measures, even as the manufacturer pushes to get the product to market this spring. Read more


February 28 is Deadline for Transportation Safety Grant Applications
Submissions Accepted Through DMV Website

RICHMOND - The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ Highway Safety Office (VAHSO) is accepting applications for grants to support programs throughout Virginia that strive to reduce traffic deaths and injuries. The deadline for transportation safety grant submissions is February 28, 2015.

The funding period for approved applications is October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. Applicants selected for the program participate on a cost-reimbursement basis.

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Transportation Safety Awards Recognize Crash Reduction Efforts
Applications Due March 6, 2015

RICHMOND - The outstanding efforts made by individuals and organizations to change the behaviors of Virginia's motorists leading to crash, injury and fatality reduction may be nominated for the 2015 Virginia Governor's Transportation Safety Awards. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles' Highway Safety Office is accepting nominations through March 6, 2015 for 13 different transportation safety categories.

Entries will be judged on creativity, imagination, uniqueness, the impact on the community, and the use of volunteers and private sector resources. Individuals, organizations, businesses or government agencies are eligible for these awards based on transportation safety activities and programs that took place during 2014.

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WEBINAR: 2015 Law Enforcement Challenge Quick-Start Guide

On 1/20/15, IACP & LTI conducted a webinar aimed at helping agencies get successful start on the 2015 Law Enforcement Challenge! The Challenge is a friendly competition designed to recognize agecnies' efforts in traffic safety. To enter, an agency documents their traffic safety education and enforcement activities throughout the year and discusses the outcomes of their efforts to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities.

We hope you'll consider entering the 2015 Challenge to earn recognition for your efforts in 2014. To learn more about how to enter, see the Law Enforcement Challenge program page and be sure to watch the recorded Quick-Start Guide Webinar.

Applications are available now and due May 1, 2015!!

A second webinar is scheduled for April 9 at 11:30 AM (Eastern Time)... Register HERE.


Governor Debuts Virginia Faces of Drunk Driving Site to Combat DUI in Commonwealth
Leads Remembrance Event to Pay Tribute to State’s Victims of Drunk Driving

Richmond, VA – Following last year’s increase in drunk driving fatalities – the first rise in six years – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe unveiled a powerful new tool to keep drunk drivers off of the Commonwealth’s roadways: The Virginia Faces of Drunk Driving website. The governor dedicated the Tumblr site to those taken by drunk driving, as well as survivors and led a remembrance of their lives with Virginia’s top law enforcement and highway safety officials. Read more


2014 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards Presented
34 agencies recognized for traffic safety efforts in 2013

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge awards for the best traffic safety programs in the state. The awards luncheon took place during the VACP’s 89th Annual Training Conference on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, VA.

Celebrating its twenty-fifth year in Virginia, the Law Enforcement Challenge program promotes professionalism in traffic safety enforcement and encourages agencies to share best practices and programs with each other. The awards are based on entries prepared by the participating agencies that highlight their traffic safety education and enforcement activities in the past calendar year. Judges award points to the agencies in the six areas that comprise a comprehensive traffic safety program: problem identification, policies, planning, training of officers, public information and education, enforcement, and an evaluation of the outcomes of the agency’s efforts. VIEW THE WINNERS


Virginia State Police joins International Association of Chiefs of Police, US Department of Transportation & State Police and Highway Patrol Agencies Nationwide to Commence Drive to Save Lives Campaign
Working Together to Reduce Highway Fatalities by 15 Percent in 2014

NEW ORLEANS, La. –Today, Virginia State Police Superintendent, Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, joined state police and highway patrol leaders from 40 other states along with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to announce the Drive to Save Lives Campaign at a press conference in New Orleans, La. Read more...

 

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State Safety Belt Usage Rate (2013):

79.7%

2012 Rate: 78.43%

Traffic fatalities on VA’s
highways since
Jan. 1, 2015

(as of Feb. 15):

63
(Compared to 74 at this time last year)

 

2014 Distracted Driving Summit

 

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