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With Forecasted Storms, Virginia State Police Urge Motorists to 'Drive to Save Lives'

RICHMOND – As the first of two forecasted snowstorms makes its way across the Commonwealth Wednesday, Virginians are encouraged to plan ahead, be prepared and avoid unnecessary travel. Virginia State Police will have all available troopers and supervisors working in advance of and the duration of the storms as they make their way across and into the Commonwealth. To prevent unnecessary traffic crashes and delays from occurring on Virginia’s highways during the storms, state police advises residents to postpone travel plans and avoid driving, when possible. Read more


DMV Schedules Transportation Safety Grant Workshops
Applicants Must Attend One Session to Apply for Grant

RICHMOND - The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ Highway Safety Office (VAHSO) has scheduled regional workshops to assist nonprofits, state agencies and law enforcement agencies with the 2017 transportation safety grant application submission process.

Beginning February 1, 2016, VAHSO will accept applications for grants to support programs throughout Virginia that strive to reduce traffic deaths and injuries. The deadline for transportation safety grant submissions is February 29, 2016. Read more


Five Killed in Holiday Traffic Crashes Across Virginia
East Coast I-95 "Drive to Save Lives" initiative Remains Ongoing Through New Year's

RICHMOND, Va. – Five fatal crashes over the Christmas holiday weekend resulted in the deaths of one pedestrian, one moped operator and three drivers on Virginia’s highways. The deaths occurred in Bedford and Surry counties, and the cities of Hampton, Newport News and Richmond. Alcohol was a factor in at least two of the five fatal crashes. As of Dec. 28, 2015, preliminary reports indicate 732 individuals have died in traffic crashes statewide; compared to 694 same date in 2014. Read more


Colonel Flaherty Kicks Off 'Steer Safely Into the New Year!'
"Drive Responsibly Campaign for Teens" at Cosby High School in Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD CO., Va. — Colonel W. Steven Flaherty joined students at Cosby High School in Chesterfield County Tuesday morning to officially kick off a statewide campaign to encourage teens to “Steer into the New Year” by celebrating responsibly, driving safely, and buckling up throughout the holiday season. In an effort to challenge all students statewide to arrive safely back at school after the holidays, Colonel Flaherty along with the Cosby High Youth of Virginia Speak Out (YOVASO) Chapter were the first to sign the “Steer into the New Year, Drive Responsibly” pledge banner.

The Holiday Safe Driving Campaign, “Steer into the New Year,” is designed to help teenagers make it safely to 2016 by driving responsibly, buckling up, avoiding alcohol and drug use, and limiting distractions. It is sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out (YOVASO), the Virginia State Police, and the DMV, Virginia’s Highway Safety Office. Read more


Shaquille O'Neal Joins Responsibility.org and GHSA to Unveil Law Enforcement Training Initiative
Funding announced for states to train officers to detect drug-impaired drivers

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Shaquille O'Neal today joined the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) to unveil GHSA's new law enforcement initiative to provide states funding to significantly increase the number of officers trained to detect drug-impaired drivers. The event was held at Rayburn House Office Building and was attended by members of Congress and Congressional staff. 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


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!

VIEW the WINNERS!


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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 Jan. 10):

14
(Compared to 13 at this time last year)

 

2015 IACP Highway Safety Awards

 

2015 Distracted Driving Summit

 

2015 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards

 

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