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Zero Tolerance for Traffic Violations During Thanksgiving Mobilization
Law enforcement targets unbelted motorists

The November Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization begins in Virginia on Friday, Nov. 21 and continues through the Thanksgiving holiday. Law enforcement will be enforcing all traffic laws, with a special emphasis on seat belt and child safety seat laws. During last year’s five-day Thanksgiving holiday period, there were 11 fatalities, and eight of them were unrestrained. Plus, alcohol was a factor in at least four of the fatal crashes. This annual November Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization is designed to prevent needless tragedies on our roadways, and to make sure motorists and passengers know that officers will be diligently patrolling Virginia’s roadways. Read more


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


"Big Three" Highway Safety Challenges Top State Safety Chief's Agenda
GHSA Chairman will also focus on distracted driving, pedestrian safety and teen drivers

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Kendell Poole, Director of the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office, was re-elected for a third term as chairman of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), at the association's Annual Meeting, held earlier this month in Grand Rapids, Michigan. GHSA is the national nonprofit organization that represents the state and territorial state highway safety offices across the country.


Virginia DMV Launches Instagram Account; Encourages Virginians to Snap "Safety Selfies"

RICHMOND – Virginians are encouraged to get out their cell phone cameras, snap a self-portrait of them buckled up while parked and share it on social media sites using the hashtag #SafetySelfieVA. Virginia DMV will search for and post these buckled-up selfies daily on its new Instagram page. Read more...


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, 2014

(as of Nov 20):

615
(Compared to 650 at this time last year)

 

2014 Distracted Driving Summit

 

2014 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards

 

2012-13 IACP Highway Safety Awards

 

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