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October 5-12, 2020

October 18-24, 2020

November 9-29, 2020

October is Pedestrian Safety Awareness Month

The Department of Motor Vehicles along with NHTSA recognizes October as Pedestrian Safety Awareness month.  The Virginia crash data indicates pedestrian crashes, fatalities and injuries trended higher for three consecutive years. Therefore, there is a need to educate our communities on pedestrian safety. 

Click here for Pedestrian Crash Data and Pedestrian Safety Awareness Resources

National Teen Driver Safety Week — October 18-24, 2020

National Teen Driver Safety Week will be observed from October 18-24, 2020.  DMV is asking you to help educate our communities about teen driver safety by providing highway safety messages throughout your communities.  We have provided the below available resources that you can use to educate on teen driver safety.   


Halloween Impaired Driving Campaign — October 30 – November 1, 2020

Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, which normally brings out more drunk drivers. Last year around Halloween, from October 30 to November 1, 2019, there were 67 alcohol-related crashes, 37 injuries and three deaths in the Commonwealth. Virginia DMV encourages you to prevent impaired driving crashes by educating Virginians on the dangers of risky behavior both behind the wheel and while walking. Impaired pedestrians and drivers can be a deadly combination on Halloween.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has downloadable Halloween messaging on its Traffic Safety Marketing websiteAnother option is to share the Act Like It anti-drunk driving video on your agency's social media outlets.

Additionally, YOVASO has safety tips for trick-or-treaters and drivers on Halloween, along with safety tips from Safe Kids. According to the National Safety Council, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a vehicle and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. As always, we appreciate your continued dedication to highway safety and saving lives.

Click It or Ticket National Mobilization – November 9-29, 2020

The 2020 National Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign is being held in November this year. Paid media will begin airing November 9 and then the Enforcement Period will be November 16-29.

Virginia observational and enforcement data forms are now available!




Speed Awareness Tools

During these unprecedented times, it may seem that there are more cases of high rates of speed and unrestrained travelers on the road now than in the past, the observation is correct.  From January 1, 2020 to September 10, 2020, data shows a 20% increase (226 to 272) in speed related fatalities and a 22% increase (190 to 232) in unrestrained fatalities compared to the same time in 2019.  

Speeding endangers everyone on the road, excessive speeding is occurring in every community. Excessive speed injures or kills pedestrians, bicyclists, operators of motor vehicles, as well as passengers in motor vehicles.  In 2019, speed related crashes killed 349 people on Virginia roadways and there were 274 unrestrained fatalities.  Of course, the best way to protect yourself and others in your vehicle during a crash is wearing your seat belt. 

However, it will take all of us together, government entities, law enforcement entities, faith-based groups, civic groups, educational groups as well as each individual member of our respective communities to slow the tide of the problem with excessive speed and non-seat belt use.Speed limit and seat belt laws are put in place to protect all road users within our, community. 

To help prevent speed and seat belt related fatalities, to ensure that motorists are obeying the speed limit and are buckling up, we are asking partners and citizens to continue your efforts and help educate your local communities about the consequences of not obeying speed limits and not wearing a seat belt.  We are providing the attached graphics that you can use on your social media outlets, websites, community billboards and other outlet to get the message of "Slow Down" and "Buckle Up" to our communities.  In addition, there is quick reference toolkit attached to list our partners' information that can be used to educate our communities as well.  This messaging may seem small but just one more message may be the message to save a life.

Thanks for your continued support of working Towards Zero on Virginia roadways.


Virginia Launches 19th Annual Checkpoint Strikeforce Campaign to Curb Impaired Driving
Governor Northam highlights increased enforcement patrols, reminds Virginians to travel safely

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today kicked off the Commonwealth's 19th annual Checkpoint Strikeforce enforcement and public education campaign to combat impaired driving and prevent alcohol-related injuries and fatalities on Virginia's roads. Modified to address safety and health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the period of increased enforcement will take place from August 26 through Labor Day weekend, and resume periodically around key holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and New Year's Eve.

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New Traffic Safety Laws Social Media Messaging

Virginians need education on two new laws taking effect July 1 that draw attention to our most vulnerable road users.

Attached are seven social media posts that focus on specific safety emphasis areas and details about the new laws. These are available for posting on your agency's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Thank you for always being there, coming through, making the grade and having our backs. We could not do this without you!


VSP Memo to Agencies on Community Policing Data Collection (HB1250)

The Community Policing Act requires that each time a local law-enforcement officer, sheriff, deputy sheriff or State Police officer stops a driver of a motor vehicle, the officer shall collect the following data, based on the officer's observation or information provided to the officer by the driver:

READ THE MEMO


2021 Virginia Highway Safety Summit

Law enforcement officers and first responders like you are risking your health and safety each day when reporting to work. Virginia DMV staff wants to recognize and thank you for your daily sacrifice to keep us all safe. We wish we could have spent this week with you for the Virginia Highway Safety Summit, but as you know, the annual training conference was canceled this year. To help you plan ahead, next year's Virginia Highway Safety Summit is set for May 18, 19 and 20, 2021, at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center at 5000 Seminary Road in Alexandria. We hope you will "save the dates" and join us for next year's summit!


Governor Northam Urges Virginians to Take Action to Eliminate Roadway Injuries and Fatalities with 'Towards Zero Deaths' Campaign
DMV and VDOT launch new website to promote highway safety, reach goal of zero deaths on Virginia's roadways

Governor Ralph Northam today urged Virginians to help drive change in the commonwealth's traffic safety culture by joining the Toward Zero Deaths Virginia movement. Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) is a national strategy on highway safety that uses a unified approach to change driver behavior and improve highway safety with a goal of ultimately reducing the number of traffic-related serious injuries or deaths to zero.

To launch the TZD initiative in the commonwealth and mobilize Virginians to take action, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia Department of Transportation, with help from safety partners, created a new website at TZDVA.org. Read more


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State Safety Belt Usage Rate (2019):

85.4%

2018 Rate: 84.1%

Traffic fatalities on VA’s
highways since
Jan. 1, 2020

(as of October 4):

616
(Compared to 613 at this time last year)

 

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