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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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