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Statewide Challenge to Increase Seat Belt Use among Teens and Youth Kicks Off in Virginia
Allstate Foundation Awards Generous Grant for the Challenge

SALEM, VA— Fifty high and middle schools across Virginia are kicking off a statewide campaign to increase seat belt usage rates among teens and youth. (See list of schools below)

The three-week challenge, “Save Your TAIL-Gate, Buckle Up” will encourage youth and teens to develop a lifelong habit of buckling up. It is sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO), the Virginia State Police (VSP), and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Safety Office. The Allstate Foundation is sponsoring the campaign through a generous grant that is funding educational materials for participating schools. The grant is also funding prizes for the high and middle schools that place in the top three for their programs to encourage seat belt use among students. Read more

Virginia’s ‘Beautiful’ New Anti-Drunk Driving Campaign Kicks Off
Effort Celebrates Beauty of Designated Drivers in a Commonwealth Where Over One-Third of All Traffic Deaths Involve Drunk Drivers

Virginia’s 2015 Checkpoint Strikeforce anti-drunk driving campaign gets under way this week with the release of television and radio commercials celebrating the beauty of designated drivers.

The commercials are part of a larger campaign to proactively communicate that nothing is more “beautiful” than a safe ride home after a night of drinking, whether it’s in a cab, public transportation, with a sober friend or through a transportation network company such as Uber or Lyft. Read more

STUDY: Police Officers Face Risk of Traffic Injuries Under Many Conditions, Including When Cars Are Stopped

This study finds that about one-quarter of all crashes and 30 percent of injury crashes studied occurred when a police officer's car was stationary.

“Police officers are at risk for getting injured in crashes under all types of driving conditions, not just when they are engaged in emergency driving,” said Tom LaTourrette, author of the study and a senior physical scientist at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. Read more

If Unthinkable Happens, Child Safety Seat Sticker Could Save a Life
Pertinent Contact, Medical Information Available for 1st Responders

RICHMOND – Imagine this scenario: there’s a serious car crash involving a family; an infant in a child safety seat has a specific medical condition and needs care, but the other people in the car are unable to communicate.

Virginia’s new Child Safety Seat Emergency Identification Sticker is a tool to aid fire, rescue and law enforcement officers in this situation so they can learn important personal and medical information about a child. Also, if the other vehicle occupants in this scenario need medical care and the infant does not, the sticker lists an emergency contact person for the child. Read more

Breath Alcohol Records Now Available on Department of Forensic Science Website
DMV Grant Helps Increase Transparency of Public Information

RICHMOND – Thanks to a grant administered by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ Highway Safety Office, the Department of Forensic Science’s (DFS) Breath Alcohol Section has placed additional breath alcohol records on the DFS website, thus making the records readily available to the general public, subjects of a breath test and attorneys. Read more

2015 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Award Winners Announced!

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge awards for the best traffic safety programs in the state.

The Virginia Challenge is held in cooperation with the National Law Enforcement Challenge Awards, which are presented by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). This year, eleven Virginia agencies plus the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police were selected to receive fourteen national awards — the most of any state!


New Traffic Laws Take Effect in Virginia on July 1
Law Changes Include Safety Provisions for Bicyclists, Portal Vehicles

RICHMOND – Several new traffic laws take effect July 1 in Virginia. The 2015 General Assembly amended state code to increase safety provisions for traffic management vehicles, bicyclists, postal vehicles, and refuse-collection vehicles, among other initiatives. Read more


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State Safety Belt Usage Rate (2015):


2014 Rate: 77.3%

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

(as of Sept 14):

(Compared to 487 at this time last year)


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2014 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards


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