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July 4, 2020

October 5-12, 2020

November 9-29, 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on Upcoming National Highway Safety Campaigns

NHTSA rescheduled the April 2020 Distracted Driving Month Campaign to October 5-12, 2020, and rescheduled its May 2020 National Click It Or Ticket (CIOT) mobilization to November 9-29, 2020 (media buy date and mobilization dates forthcoming), which we understand both occur after the current fiscal year.

Additionally, the Heatstroke Awareness Campaign previously scheduled to run from May to September will now run from July to September. States may choose to conduct their mobilizations at the originally scheduled dates or as rescheduled by NHTSA depending on their own circumstances and needs. NHTSA soon will provide more information about the impacts of these new dates, as well as guidance about the statutory requirement to participate in national mobilizations.

Click It or Ticket in Virginia
Virginia will participate in the rescheduled National Mobilization in November.

The originally planned statewide high-visibility enforcement campaign scheduled for June 22  – July 5 has been CANCELED.
 

NEW! Fourth of July Social Media Messaging

We are encouraging you to communicate traffic safety messages during the week leading up to and including the heavily-traveled Fourth of July holiday. Additionally, 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. And, below are links to a downloadable Facebook post and 15-second video that promote sober driving on the Fourth. These are available for posting on your agency's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Fourth of July Facebook image: https://ndp.box.com/s/5tzqtbaqfw82kltd7m8s91fopdtdqexs
Fourth of July video: 
https://ndp.box.com/s/3eot4pwdo2605eenjbwqqfrky38qgl31

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


2020 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Canceled
VACP's traffic safety awards program to be revamped, relaunched in 2021

In light of the considerable amount of resources being devoted to handling the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virginia Highway Safety Committee has decided that the 2020 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge traffic safety awards program should be canceled. The program will be revamped this year and will return in 2021.

Read the full announcement


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!


June 2020 Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation Course Rescheduled

In response to the Governor's Executive Orders, agency restrictions and guidelines for COVID 19; the Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation Course at Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy, June 1-12, 2020 has been moved to:

Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation Course *
August 24, 2020 - September 4, 2020
King George County Sheriff's Office **
10445 Government Center Blvd
King George, VA 22485  

* The request has been made to update the DMVNow website and it should reflect the date/location change soon. 
** This is an approved off-site training location for Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy. 

If you have already registered for the June Course, then just let me know if you would like to be registered for the August Course and I will complete the registration (I have all the information already). 

Additionally, there is an Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation course in Chesterfield, July 20-31, 2020, with seats still available if you prefer that option.

The Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation Course information can be found at: https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/safety/#programs/crashes/advanced.asp

Please feel free to contact me should you have any additional questions or concerns. 


CASC Offers DUID Training Programs

The Commonwealth's Attorney's Services Council (CASC) will be conducting six DUID Training Programs across the Commonwealth in 2020. This training, for prosecutors and LEO's, 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, Blood Testing Issues, and much more. 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 will be provided to students. MCLE and In-Service Training Credits have been awarded.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, CASC will be moving two (2) of our DUID programs to an online format. DUID Bristol on May 28, 2020 and DUID Chesapeake on June 18, 2020 will now be presented via Zoom webinar. It is their hope to offer the remaining four (4) proposed DUID programs (Shenandoah, Richmond, Loudon, and Lynchburg) in-person in the late summer/fall.

As grant requirements require these trainings to be located in six (6) "regions" of the state, we are enacting some attendance requirements for the two online programs to ensure compliance with the grant language and to keep the program beneficial to all participants. First, as this program contains an interactive component, we are limiting the webinar programs to fifty (50) attendees. Second, preference will be given to those individuals whose office/jurisdiction is located within sixty (60) miles of the training "location" (e.g., within sixty (60) miles of Bristol).

Please remember that this program is open to both prosecutors and law enforcement. If you have any questions, contact Jake Lambert at jrlambert@wm.edu

Registration links for both programs are below:


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


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 June 23):

336
(Compared to 374 at this time last year)

 

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