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2016 TREDS Trainings
Seven classes offered across Virginia in August & September

The Virginia Highway Safety Office (Traffic Records Program) is providing TREDS training in August/September, 2016 at seven different locations across the state.  The training will focus on the electronic submission of crash reports using ReportBeam, review and approval of crash reports in TREDS as well as an introduction to new report and map functionality now available in TREDS.  

This FREE training session is open to all law enforcement officers and trainers.  Each training session can accommodate 20-25 registrants; therefore, registrations will be accepted as received until the classes are full.  Training will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 3:00 PM, including a lunch break (on your own.)  In-service credits will be awarded for the training. 

CLICK HERE to see the list of dates/locations, the agenda, and how to register

Upcoming Crash Investigation Courses

The VAHSO is offering the following crash investigation courses in September for up to 25 students per class.

The tuition for these courses is FREE for Virginia law enforcement officers; however, the travel/lodging/per diem/other expenses must be covered by the Law Enforcement Personnel and/or Law Enforcement Agency.

Motorcycle Crash investigation Course
September 12 – 16, 2016 (0800-1700)

Norfolk Training Academy / Second Patrol Division
2500 N. Military Highway
Norfolk, Virginia 23502


Commercial Vehicle Crash Investigation Course
September 26 – 30, 2016 (0800-1700)

Henrico Public Safety Training Center
7701 E. Parham Rd.
Henrico, Virginia 23228


2016 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Results Announced!

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge awards for the best traffic safety programs in the state in 2015. The awards luncheon will take place during the VACP’s 91st Annual Training Conference on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, VA.

Celebrating its twenty-seventh 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.

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 thirteen national awards — the most of any state! National Challenge award winners have been announced by the IACP on their web site at National awards will be presented in October at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in San Diego, VA.


Checkpoint Strikeforce / "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" 2016 Mobilization Resources

As the 2016 Checkpoint Strikeforce / National "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign gets underway this week, here are some Virginia-specific resources for you to use in your public education promotions.

The National Mobilization runs August 19 – September 5, 2016. CLICK HERE for more information.

Eight Lives Lost to Traffic Crashes Over 2016 Independence Day Weekend in Virginia

RICHMOND – Five drivers, a motorcyclist, a teenage passenger and a pedestrian died in seven traffic crashes across Virginia over the Fourth of July weekend, according to preliminary reports. The 2016 July Fourth statistical counting period began at 12:01 a.m., Friday, July 1, 2016, and concluded midnight Monday, July 4, 2016. The fatal crashes occurred in the cities of Chesapeake and Roanoke, and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Chesterfield, Lunenburg and Sussex. The double fatality occurred in the City of Chesapeake. Read more...

Motor vehicle crash deaths in the US are still too high
About 90 people die each day in the US from crashes— resulting in the highest death rate among comparison countries

Reducing motor vehicle crash deaths was one of the great public health achievements of the 20th century for the US. However, more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes. In 2013, the US crash death rate was more than twice the average of other high-income countries. In the US, front seat belt use was lower than in most other comparison countries. One in 3 crash deaths in the US involved drunk driving, and almost 1 in 3 involved speeding. Lower death rates in other high-income countries and a high percentage of risk factors in the US suggest that we can make more progress in reducing crash deaths. 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, 2016

(as of August 14):

(Compared to 444 at this time last year)


2015 IACP Highway Safety Awards


2015 Distracted Driving Summit


2015 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards


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