It's time to start gathering your traffic safety education information and enforcement data from 2018 and begin working on your 2019 entry for the Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards for Excellence in Highway Safety!
The Virginia Assocation of Chiefs of Police encourages all law enforcement agencies – town, city, county, private, special, military, and campus – to enter! If you receive a grant from the Virginia Highway Safety Office to conduct high-visibility enforcement and education initiatives, then you are halfway there! The same data you collect for your grant activities is exactly what you need to apply for a Challenge award!
For more information about the program and to get the 2019 Application Materials, CLICK HERE.
RICHMOND - The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has scheduled regional workshops to assist nonprofits, state agencies and law enforcement agencies with the 2020 highway safety grant application submission process.
Beginning February 1, 2019, DMV will accept applications for grants to support programs throughout Virginia that strive to reduce traffic deaths and injuries. The deadline for highway safety grant submissions is February 28, 2019. Read more
RICHMOND (Dec. 3)—Governor Ralph Northam today issued Executive Directive Two which establishes an Executive Leadership Team on Highway Safety that is charged with reducing the rising number of fatalities on Virginia's roadways. The team is comprised of representatives from the Virginia Departments of Motor Vehicles, Transportation, Health, Education, and State Police, and is led by the Deputy Secretaries of Transportation and Public Safety and Homeland Security.
"Nearly every crash is preventable and it's important that we focus on altering the behaviors that threaten the safety of the citizens who use our roads every day," said Governor Northam. "The Executive Leadership Team will work proactively to drive a positive traffic safety culture in Virginia—I encourage all Virginians to get involved and offer input to help ensure we're tackling the highway safety issues that people across the Commonwealth are most concerned about."
As part of the Governor Executive Directive, Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine and Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran are inviting Virginians to take action against distraction on Virginia roadways by participating in the #YourSayVA Digital Town Hall on highway safety. To participate, visit the Commonwealth's new highway safety portal, TZDVA.org, and click the icon for the #YourSayVA Digital Town Hall to access the anonymous survey. Submissions will be accepted until December 31. Read more
2019 DUID Training Programs
The Commonwealth Attorneys' Services Council (CASC) will be conducting six DUID Training Programs across the Commonwealth in 2019. This training, for judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers, 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; Crashes; Blood Testing Issues; and much more. Additionally, 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 and break refreshments will be provided at no charge. Virginia State Bar MCLE and In-Service Training Credits are pending.
The DUID Program will be presented at the following locations in 2019:
Newport News on April 18, 2019, at the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy
Winchester on May 9, 2019, at the Frederick County Public Safety Building
Richmond on June 5, 2019, at the Virginia State Police Academy
Roanoke on June 27, 2019, at the DFS Western Laboratory
Nokesville on September 4, 2019, at the Prince William County Public Safety Training Center
Charlottesville on September 18, 2019, at the Albemarle County Police Department
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
RICHMOND – The 2018 Thanksgiving holiday weekend proved deadly for 12 drivers and passengers, to include a City of Winchester police officer. During the statistical counting period that began at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, and concluded at midnight Sunday, Nov. 25, preliminary reports indicate 11 traffic crashes across the Commonwealth claimed the lives of nine drivers, two passengers and a motorcyclist. During the 2017 five-day Thanksgiving statistical counting period, 14 people were killed in traffic crashes on Virginia's highways – the most killed over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend since 2013. Read more
RICHMOND – The nearly 16 percent of Virginians who still do not wear their seat belts should be warned – state and local police officers will be out in full force across Virginia looking for unbelted motorists during this month's "Click It or Ticket" campaign.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced today the results of this year's seat belt survey, which revealed a use rate of 84.1 percent among Virginia motorists, down from last year's record high of 85.3 percent. The survey results come as "Click It or Ticket" kicks off across Virginia. The campaign, which runs through November 30, combines high visibility enforcement of seat belt and child safety seat laws with outreach and education. Read more
RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) begins issuing optional REAL ID compliant driver's licenses and identification cards today.
A REAL ID compliant credential can be used for all of the same purposes as your current driver's license – including driving, voting and accessing federal benefits – but, beginning October 1, 2020, also can be used as the federal identification which will then be necessary for boarding domestic flights and entering secure federal facilities and military bases. Read more
Celebrating its twenty-ninth year in Virginia, the Law Enforcement Challenge program promotes professionalism in traffic safety enforcement and encourages agencies to share best practices and programs with each other. The awards are based on entries prepared by the participating agencies that highlight their traffic safety education and enforcement activities in occupant protection, impaired driving and speed over the past calendar year. Judges award points to the agencies in the six areas that comprise a comprehensive traffic safety program: problem identification, policies, planning, training of officers, public information and education, enforcement, and an evaluation of the outcomes of the agency's efforts.
Given the large amount of traffic running through and around Virginia's campuses, and the increased numbers of college students, faculty, and staff who are walking and bicycling for commuting, physical activity and recreation, pedestrian injuries remain a concern for campus law enforcement. This page provides resources to assist you in planning policies, educational and enforcement strategies.
Beginning around February 1, 2018, all agencies in Virginia will be required to submit requests to the TREDS System Owner at DMV whenever agency personnel need new user accounts for TREDS/ReportBeam. These requests will, under most circumstances, need to be submitted by a TREDS Department Administrator at the local agency. This is a change from the current procedure. Read more
RICHMOND – Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Virginia state inspection stickers will no longer be affixed to the bottom center of a vehicle's windshield. Due to new innovations in the automotive industry, the state inspection stickers will be placed in the bottom left corner of the windshield, when viewed from inside the vehicle. This change in location will also apply to the placement of any other authorized stickers. There have been no changes made to the size or appearance of the existing vehicle inspection sticker.
The relocation stems from the fact that automobile manufacturers now offer crash avoidance technology in many of their vehicles. In such vehicles, the new technology utilizes the center of the windshield. Therefore the placement of items in that area, including stickers, could prevent crash avoidance systems from operating properly. Read more