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Seat Belts Save Lives: State, Local Police Participate in Annual "Click It or Ticket" Enforcement Mobilization

RICHMOND – No one would willingly ride a rollercoaster without a safety belt or harness. Yet, only 77 percent of Virginians last year found it necessary to ride in a car, SUV and pickup truck buckled up. The odds of being injured on a rollercoaster are one in 24 million and the chance of being killed is one in 750 million.* No one died on a rollercoaster in Virginia in 2014 or 2015. But, in the first 10 months of this year, 254 adults, teens, and children who were not wearing seat belts have died in traffic crashes.** Another 3,174 persons have been injured in traffic crashes after failing to buckle up. Read more

Most Deer-Related Crashes in Virginia Occur in November
Motorists Reminded to Use Caution, Stay Alert

RICHMOND – November is the most dangerous month for deer-related crashes in Virginia and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and AAA Mid-Atlantic urge motorists to buckle up, slow down and be observant.

Last year, 1,279 Virginia crashes involving a deer – about one quarter of the deer-related crashes reported for the entire year – occurred during the month of November, according to DMV statistics. One person was killed and another 103 people were injured. Read more

New Report Calls for Expanding Teen Safe Driving Efforts
As traffic deaths rise, enlisting support of adults beyond parents is critical

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Despite progress in recent decades, motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death of teens in the U.S. In 2013, nearly 4,000 drivers 15 to 20 years old were involved in fatal crashes(1). And a strong economy means more disposable income that puts more teens at risk on the road - often in older cars without the latest safety features. Preliminary 2015 data(2) suggest that overall traffic fatalities are on the rise. Read more

Virginia State Police & YOVASO Remind Drivers It's National School Bus Safety Week & National Teen Driver Safety Week

RICHMOND, Va. – This week the Virginia State Police and Youth of Virginia Speak Out (YOVASO) are reminding all Virginians of the necessity of keeping our young drivers and passengers safe on the highways of the Commonwealth. Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, signals the start of two very important traffic safety weeks aimed at protecting teen drivers and those students who ride school buses. Read more


Virginia State Police Team Up with UVA &VT to Get Virginians to 'Drive to Save Lives'

RICHMOND – With traffic deaths on Virginia highways on the increase for the first time in two years, the Virginia State Police is hoping a new collaborative campaign with two of the Commonwealth’s flagship universities will help bring much needed attention to the necessity for all Virginians to make traffic safety a priority. Today the state police, University of Virginia (UVA) and Virginia Tech (VT) are launching a new public service announcement (PSA) featuring football coaches Mike London and Frank Beamer, respectively, with a critical message – Drive To Save Lives. Read more

Statewide Challenge to Increase Seat Belt Use among Teens and Youth Kicks Off in Virginia
Allstate Foundation Awards Generous Grant for the Challenge

SALEM, VA— Fifty high and middle schools across Virginia are kicking off a statewide campaign to increase seat belt usage rates among teens and youth. (See list of schools below)

The three-week challenge, “Save Your TAIL-Gate, Buckle Up” will encourage youth and teens to develop a lifelong habit of buckling up. It is sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO), the Virginia State Police (VSP), and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Safety Office. The Allstate Foundation is sponsoring the campaign through a generous grant that is funding educational materials for participating schools. The grant is also funding prizes for the high and middle schools that place in the top three for their programs to encourage seat belt use among students. Read more

Virginia’s ‘Beautiful’ New Anti-Drunk Driving Campaign Kicks Off
Effort Celebrates Beauty of Designated Drivers in a Commonwealth Where Over One-Third of All Traffic Deaths Involve Drunk Drivers

Virginia’s 2015 Checkpoint Strikeforce anti-drunk driving campaign gets under way this week with the release of television and radio commercials celebrating the beauty of designated drivers.

The commercials are part of a larger campaign to proactively communicate that nothing is more “beautiful” than a safe ride home after a night of drinking, whether it’s in a cab, public transportation, with a sober friend or through a transportation network company such as Uber or Lyft. Read more

STUDY: Police Officers Face Risk of Traffic Injuries Under Many Conditions, Including When Cars Are Stopped

This study finds that about one-quarter of all crashes and 30 percent of injury crashes studied occurred when a police officer's car was stationary.

“Police officers are at risk for getting injured in crashes under all types of driving conditions, not just when they are engaged in emergency driving,” said Tom LaTourrette, author of the study and a senior physical scientist at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. Read more

If Unthinkable Happens, Child Safety Seat Sticker Could Save a Life
Pertinent Contact, Medical Information Available for 1st Responders

RICHMOND – Imagine this scenario: there’s a serious car crash involving a family; an infant in a child safety seat has a specific medical condition and needs care, but the other people in the car are unable to communicate.

Virginia’s new Child Safety Seat Emergency Identification Sticker is a tool to aid fire, rescue and law enforcement officers in this situation so they can learn important personal and medical information about a child. Also, if the other vehicle occupants in this scenario need medical care and the infant does not, the sticker lists an emergency contact person for the child. Read more

Breath Alcohol Records Now Available on Department of Forensic Science Website
DMV Grant Helps Increase Transparency of Public Information

RICHMOND – Thanks to a grant administered by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ Highway Safety Office, the Department of Forensic Science’s (DFS) Breath Alcohol Section has placed additional breath alcohol records on the DFS website, thus making the records readily available to the general public, subjects of a breath test and attorneys. Read more

2015 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Award Winners Announced!

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge awards for the best traffic safety programs in the state.

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 fourteen national awards — the most of any state!


New Traffic Laws Take Effect in Virginia on July 1
Law Changes Include Safety Provisions for Bicyclists, Portal Vehicles

RICHMOND – Several new traffic laws take effect July 1 in Virginia. The 2015 General Assembly amended state code to increase safety provisions for traffic management vehicles, bicyclists, postal vehicles, and refuse-collection vehicles, among other initiatives. 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, 2015

(as of Nov. 19):

(Compared to 628 at this time last year)


2014 Distracted Driving Summit


2014 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards


2012-13 IACP Highway Safety Awards


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