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Nominations Sought for National Lifesavers Public Service Award

NHTSA is rolling out a new process for nominating Lifesavers Public Service Award nominees, effective for 2020 Lifesavers. The Virginia DMV Highway Safety Office encourages you to submit nominations for those individuals or organizations that are promoting the highway safety in the Commonwealth.  

Effective today, you can go to the Nomination log in site: https://www.abstractscorecard.com/cfp/submit/login.asp?EventKey=CLMRUKST and submit your nominations.  Nominators must complete the nomination form on this site and submit. The nomination process closes on September 30.  Nominations will be awarded on a NHTSA regional basis to please help us represent the good work taking place in our region. 


New Campaign Strives to Increase Seat Belt Use
Officers in Wise, Buchanan and Lee Counties Team Up to Save Lives

RICHMOND – With the Commonwealth of Virginia's unbuckled fatality rate at 52 percent, the Department of Motor Vehicles is pushing harder than ever for everyone to wear a seat belt.

DMV officials and law enforcement officers serving in Lee, Wise and Buchanan counties gathered together recently to formulate and execute the Local Heroes Seat Belt Awareness Initiative. The goal of the project is to reduce the number of fatalities on Virginia's roads involving people who are not buckled up. Read more


2019 Independence Day Holiday Proves Deadly & Dangerous for Virginia Highways
Seven traffic fatalities; 79 DUI arrests during July 4th statistical period

RICHMOND – Unfortunately, thousands of drunk, speeding and reckless drivers kept Virginia State Police busy and put countless lives at risk during the 2019 July 4th holiday weekend across the Commonwealth. Preliminary reports indicate seven people died in six traffic crashes during the holiday statistical counting period that began at 12:01 a.m. July 3, 2019 and concluded at midnight July 5, 2019. Read more


Virginia Vehicle Inspection Stickers Redesigned
New Safety Approval Sticker Promotes 'Move Over' Safety Message

RICHMOND – The Virginia State Police Safety Division is rolling out a newly-designed vehicle safety approval inspection sticker that now includes a traffic safety message. Effective Jan. 1, 2019, all certified Virginia inspection stations began issuing the sticker which has been reduced from 2.75 inches in height to 2 inches and from 4 inches in length to 3 inches. The year of expiration is now permanently affixed to the right side of the sticker, with the only insert being the month of expiration. Even though the overall size has been reduced, the month has been enlarged to provide better visibility.

"The change in size is in response to the feedback State Police received from Virginians following the sticker's relocation to the bottom left corner of the windshield in 2018," said Captain R.C. Maxey Jr., Virginia State Police Safety Division Commander. "We heard from a number of motorists who had difficulty seeing around the sticker, so we worked to reduce its size to slightly smaller than the average credit card." Read more


2019 DUID Training Programs

The Commonwealth Attorneys' Services Council (CASC) will be conducting six DUID Training Programs across the Commonwealth in 2019. This training, for judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers, focuses on the difficult cases involving driver impairment due to the use of illegal and/or prescription drugs. Topics to be covered include: Recognizing the Drugged Driver; Crashes; Blood Testing Issues; and much more. Additionally, the latest version of the Virginia DUI Manual will be distributed to all participants. 
 
There is no charge for this single-day training program. Lunch and break refreshments will be provided at no charge. Virginia State Bar MCLE and In-Service Training Credits are pending.

The DUID Program will be presented at the following locations in 2019:

  • Nokesville on September 4, 2019, at the Prince William County Public Safety Training Center
  • Charlottesville on September 18, 2019, at the Albemarle County Police Department

Note: You must pre-register to attend.

Registration is conducted on-line at http://www.cas.state.va.us/trainingprograms.htm

Contact Ed Hibbard at whibbard@wm.edu or at 757-253-4994 if you have any questions.


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


DMV Begins Issuing REAL ID Driver's Licenses and IDs
Interested Virginians have until October 2020 to Upgrade to Optional Card before Federal Air Travel ID Requirements Take Effect

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) begins issuing optional REAL ID compliant driver's licenses and identification cards today.

A REAL ID compliant credential can be used for all of the same purposes as your current driver's license – including driving, voting and accessing federal benefits – but, beginning October 1, 2020, also can be used as the federal identification which will then be necessary for boarding domestic flights and entering secure federal facilities and military bases. Read more


NEW RESOURCE PAGE: Suggested Strategies for Improving Campus Pedestrian Safety

Given the large amount of traffic running through and around Virginia's campuses, and the increased numbers of college students, faculty, and staff who are walking and bicycling for commuting, physical activity and recreation, pedestrian injuries remain a concern for campus law enforcement. This page provides resources to assist you in planning policies, educational and enforcement strategies.



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State Safety Belt Usage Rate (2018):

84.1%

2017 Rate: 85.3%

Traffic fatalities on VA’s
highways since
Jan. 1, 2019

(as of August 25):

492
(Compared to 513 at this time last year)

 

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