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Celebrate Independence Day, But Celebrate Responsibly
Virginia State Police Increase Patrols and Continue Drive to Save Lives Campaign

RICHMOND – To ensure the Fourth of July holiday is as safe as possible, Virginia State Police will increase patrols during the long holiday weekend. Beginning July 1, VSP will join law enforcement around the country for Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving, speed and failing to wear a seat belt. The 2016 July Fourth statistical counting period begins at 12:01 a.m., Friday, July 1, 2016, and continues through midnight Monday, July 4, 2016. Read more


DMV Offices Closed Saturday and Monday for Fourth of July
Buckle Up and Drive Sober This Holiday and Every Day

RICHMOND – All Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) customer service centers (CSCs) will be closed on Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. DMV will re-open for service Tuesday, July 5.

During the Fourth of July holiday weekend, law enforcement officers will be out in full force, cracking down on drivers who are not obeying the law. DMV’s Virginia Highway Safety Office reminds Virginians to designate a sober driver before the Fourth of July celebrations begin. Read more


Public Service Announcement (PSA) Released on the Silver Screen to Spread the Word About Virginia's "Move Over" Law
June is "Move Over Awareness Month" in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. – What do summer movie blockbusters and Metro-Richmond emergency responders have in common? Beginning June 3, 2016, through the end of the month, they will be sharing the same silver screen in theatres across the region to help increase awareness of Virginia’s “Move Over” law. The kickoff coincides with Governor McAuliffe’s 2014 designation of June as Virginia’s “Move Over Awareness Month.”

The 30-second special public service announcement (PSA) features members of Hanover County Fire and EMS, Henrico County Police, New Kent County Sheriff’s Office, New Kent County Fire and EMS, VDOT, Virginia State Police and AAA Mid-Atlantic reminding motorists to comply with the state’s Move Over law. The PSA is running in the pre-show before each feature presentation during the entire month of June in theaters in Richmond. Read more


Traffic Deaths Down Over 2016 Memorial Day Weekend In Virginia
8 Traffic Deaths in 2016, Compared to 14 Over 2015 Holiday Weekend

RICHMOND – The 2016 Memorial Day holiday weekend proved safer for those traveling the highways of Virginia in comparison to the 2015 Memorial Day weekend. During the four-day statistical counting period, preliminary numbers report a total of eight drivers and passengers died in seven traffic crashes statewide this past holiday weekend. During the same time period in 2015, traffic crashes claimed a total of 14 lives on Virginia highways. Read more


UNITED FRONT: How five Richmond-area agencies coordinated to address underage drinking

Five law enforcement agencies in Virginia’s capital launched a public awareness campaign in fall 2015 to communicate the physical, professional and legal effects of underage drinking to college students.

Marketed as “RVA Buzzkill” in Richmond, Va., campaign materials and messages were adapted with permission from the Ohio Drug Free Action Alliance.

RVA Buzzkill united police departments at Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Union University, the University of Richmond and Reynolds Community College. The Richmond Police Department also participated in the campaign. Read more

 

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State Safety Belt Usage Rate (2015):

80.9%

2014 Rate: 77.3%

Traffic fatalities on VA’s
highways since
Jan. 1, 2016

(as of June 2):

268
(Compared to 287 at this time last year)

 

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