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WEBINAR: 2015 Law Enforcement Challenge Quick-Start Guide

On 1/20/15, IACP & LTI conducted a webinar aimed at helping agencies get successful start on the 2015 Law Enforcement Challenge! The Challenge is a friendly competition designed to recognize agecnies' efforts in traffic safety. To enter, an agency documents their traffic safety education and enforcement activities throughout the year and discusses the outcomes of their efforts to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities.

We hope you'll consider entering the 2015 Challenge to earn recognition for your efforts in 2014. To learn more about how to enter, see the Law Enforcement Challenge program page and be sure to watch the recorded Quick-Start Guide Webinar.

Applications are available now and due May 1, 2015!!

A second webinar is scheduled for April 9 at 11:30 AM (Eastern Time)... Register HERE.


It's Almost Time for Click It or Ticket!

The 2015 Click It or Ticket National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization is May 18 through May 31, 2015.

The earned media dates are set for May 4 through June 11 and, to support your efforts, DMV’s Virginia Highway Safety Office will sponsor a variety of paid media on TV, in movie theaters, online and on the radio from May 11 through May 25 across Virginia.

The national Click It or Ticket mobilization materials are available for your use throughout the campaign. We encourage you to use the animated web banners on your agency’s website, to post the sample social media posts on Facebook and Twitter, and to post the videos on your agency’s youTube channel and website.

As we gear up for another successful Click It or Ticket mobilization, it’s good to remind ourselves and our fellow traffic safety officers the details of Virginia’s safety belt and child safety seat laws. Seat belts and child safety seats keep us and our precious children safe inside the vehicle during a crash. And don’t forget, selecting the right seat and installing it properly is just as important as using a child safety seat in the first place.

For a quick reference, visit the DRIVE SMART Virginia store and download the yellow cards containing summaries of Virginia’s Occupant Protection laws. The store also features a variety of Click It or Ticket materials for your use during the upcoming mobilization, including stickers, banners, yard signs and vehicle magnets.

The PRE- & POST-Mobilization Survey Forms are now available for download, as well as a News Release Template, Talking Points, Sample Proclamation and PSA Scripts. Click here to download


Virginia takes part in National Work Zone Awareness Week
VDOT Memorial Vigil is Wednesday evening

During National Work Zone Awareness Week, observed this year through Friday, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) joins the highway contracting community and federal, state and local transportation officials to educate motorists about the potential dangers we all face while driving through work zones.

This year’s national theme – “Expect the Unexpected” – emphasizes the changing conditions that occur during the busy roadway construction season. Read more


Va. Beach red-light camera study shows decline in crashes

There have been fewer crashes - from fender-benders to frequently fatal T-bone collisions - at intersections monitored by red-light cameras than there were before the cameras were installed, a five-year city study of the program shows. Read more


The driver's license of the future is coming to your smartphone
A few states have begun the journey toward offering a digital version of your driver's license that would reside on your phone. But the going could be stop and go for a while.

Delaware is among several US states -- including the bellwether of California -- considering digital driver's licenses, and prototypes will go into pilot tests in some places this year. If those tests go well, the first smattering of virtual licenses could be offered to the public as early as 2016.

The digital version would resemble your printed license, with the same information, including your name, address and date of birth, along with a photo. And just as your printed license contains a scannable barcode so machines can read the information, so too would the digital version. Read more


Regular Traffic Enforcement Can Play a Crucial Role in Defining Commercial Vehicle Safety

Many crashes involving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are preventable. Of those fatal crashes involving large trucks and buses, nearly 90 percent were caused by the behavior of the drivers of either CMVs or passenger vehicles. High-risk behaviors such as speeding, following too close, and failing to yield—all highly visible and detectable actions—are driver-related crash factors.5 In addition, driving without wearing a seat belt greatly increases the risk of serious injury or death when a crash occurs. The fact that all of these behaviors are detectable demands an effective and sustained enforcement strategy that focuses on reducing the number of crashes, especially those involving large trucks and buses. Read more


Governor McAuliffe Signs Legislation Enabling Transportation Network Companies to Legally Operate in Virginia

RICHMOND – Today Governor McAuliffe signed SB1025 and HB1662, which established licensing procedures for transportation network companies (TNC’s) like Uber and Lyft to legally operate in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Earlier this year, Governor McAuliffe and Attorney General Herring’s offices worked with the Department of Motor Vehicles and TNC companies to find a compromise that allowed these entities to temporarily operate in Virginia until the General Assembly passed permanent legislation. Read more


General Assembly Passes Bill from Attorney General Herring and Delegate Lopez to Ban Dangerous Powdered Alcohol

RICHMOND (February 16, 2015) -- Today, the Senate unanimously passed a bill from Attorney General Mark R. Herring and Delegate Alfonso Lopez (49-Arlington) to ban the importation, sale, and use of powdered or crystalline alcohol. The bill was previously approved unanimously by the House of Delegates and it will now go to Governor Terry McAuliffe for his signature. The use of powdered alcohol presents a substantial risk for abuse, especially by young people, because it can be easily transported, hidden or consumed due to its discrete, compact packaging. It could be sprinkled into to someone's drink without their knowledge, snorted through the nose potentially leading to brain damage, and could easily be over-consumed resulting in alcohol poisoning. Powdered alcohol is currently banned in seven states, with several other state legislatures considering similar measures, even as the manufacturer pushes to get the product to market this spring. Read more


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State Safety Belt Usage Rate (2014):

77.3%

2013 Rate: 79.7%

Traffic fatalities on VA’s
highways since
Jan. 1, 2015

(as of Mar. 31):

134
(Compared to 148 at this time last year)

 

2014 Distracted Driving Summit

 

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