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2018 Virginia Law Enforcement Applications Now Available!
Entries due to the VACP by Monday, June 11
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Law Enforcement Agencies: It's once again time to enter the Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge to recognize excellence in highway safety efforts! The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police encourages all law enforcement agencies – particularly those engaged in grant-funded highway safety education and enforcement programs – to submit information about their efforts for recognition! Awards are given in a number of different categories based on agency type and size, so this is a great opportunity for all who enter to be recognized! Municipal Police, Sheriff's Offices, Campus Police, Military Police, Special LE Agencies, Private Agencies... all are eligible to enter!

For more information and to download an application, see the Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge program page!


2018 Click It or Ticket May Mobilization Forms Available
Enforcement Wave runs May 14 – June 3

Forms for your PRE- & POST-Mobilzation Seat Belt Surveys and for your Enforcement Data are now available on the Click It or Ticket page. These are for your convenience to record your data before submitting the data into TREDS.

Any questions about the Click It or Ticket Mobilization can be directed to John Messina in the Virginia Highway Safety Office at john.messina@dmv.virginia.gov or 804-497-5338.


2018 DUID Trainings

The Commonwealth Attorneys' Services Council (CASC) will be conducting six DUID Training Programs across the Commonwealth in 2018. 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 (4 hours Legal, 6 hours total) are pending.

The DUID Program will be presented at the following locations in 2018:

  • Wytheville –  May 24, 2018
    Wytheville Community College
  • Lexington –  June 14, 2018
    Virginia Military Institute
  • Fredericksburg – June 28, 2018
    Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy

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.


May is National Bicycle Safety Month
DMV Urges Bicyclists and Motorists to Share the Road

RICHMOND, Va. – As part of National Bicycle Safety Month, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) urges bicyclists and drivers alike to respect the rules of the road – and fellow road users.

"Recent DMV statistics illustrate the importance of bicycle safety with more than 600 bicyclists injured last year. The number of bicyclists killed in Virginia crashes increased 30 percent, from 10 fatalities in 2016 to 13 in 2017," said Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. "One way bicyclists can increase their safety is by always wearing a proper-fitting helmet and teaching their children to wear one as well. Like seat belts in cars, a helmet can save your life in a crash." Read more


Governor Northam Recognizes Finalists in DMV's License Plate Contest
Blacksburg Student Announced as Grand-Prize Winner

RICHMOND – Governor Ralph Northam, Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and members of the General Assembly celebrated the eight finalists in DMV's Take Action Against Distraction License Plate Design Contest on Thursday, April 12 at the Capitol in Richmond.

Governor Northam announced Kaya Windpainter as the winner of the license plate design contest. Kaya received a $1,000 prize, courtesy of AAA. Her design concept will be available on license plates this summer. 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.


Important! TREDS Process Changes Coming Soon

Beginning around February 1, 2018, all agencies in Virginia will be required to submit requests to the TREDS System Owner at DMV whenever agency personnel need new user accounts for TREDS/ReportBeam. These requests will, under most circumstances, need to be submitted by a TREDS Department Administrator at the local agency. This is a change from the current procedure. Read more


Virginia 2019 Inspection Stickers to Be Relocated on Vehicle Windshield

RICHMOND – Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Virginia state inspection stickers will no longer be affixed to the bottom center of a vehicle's windshield. Due to new innovations in the automotive industry, the state inspection stickers will be placed in the bottom left corner of the windshield, when viewed from inside the vehicle. This change in location will also apply to the placement of any other authorized stickers. There have been no changes made to the size or appearance of the existing vehicle inspection sticker.

The relocation stems from the fact that automobile manufacturers now offer crash avoidance technology in many of their vehicles.  In such vehicles, the new technology utilizes the center of the windshield. Therefore the placement of items in that area, including stickers, could prevent crash avoidance systems from operating properly. Read more


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State Safety Belt Usage Rate (2017):

85.3%

2016 Rate: 79%

Traffic fatalities on VA’s
highways since
Jan. 1, 2018

(as of May 15):

277
(Compared to 278 at this time last year)

 

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