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With Traffic Deaths Spiking in Virginia, State Police Urging All Virginians to #Drive2SaveLives This Labor Day Weekend

RICHMOND – In the past seven days, 15 people have died in traffic crashes on Virginia highways across the Commonwealth. That alarming death toll includes drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and a 9-year-old bicyclist. Tragically, this year is proving to be a deadly one for Virginia’s highways. As of Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, there have been 529 reported traffic deaths in Virginia, compared to 477 this same date last year. 

“The fact that we have lost 50 more lives in traffic crashes this year than in 2016 should be of major concern for all Virginians, especially as we head into the heavily-traveled Labor Day weekend,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “State police will have all available troopers out on patrol for the extended holiday weekend, but we need every driver and passenger committed to also doing their part to make their travels as safe as possible.” Read more


Commonwealth Launches 16th-Annual Checkpoint Strikeforce Campaign
With Drunk Drivers Involved In One-Third of Labor Day Traffic Deaths, Virginia Governor and Officials Gear-up for Holiday Travel Safety

With a third of all U.S. traffic deaths over the Labor Day holiday period involving drunk drivers and Virginia averaging a double-digit number of traffic fatalities during the summer-ending holiday, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe today joined other state officials in outlining plans to ensure safety on the Commonwealth’s roadways this weekend through the year’s end.

At a Checkpoint Strikeforce news conference held this afternoon in Richmond, McAuliffe and Virginia State Police officials announced markedly stepped-up law enforcement throughout Virginia to counter Labor Day’s historically deadly toll including the participation of nearly 200 local law enforcement agencies along with State Police area offices deploying literally hundreds of anti-drunk driving efforts under the banner of the 16th-annual traffic safety campaign. Read more


Check out the new "Party Safe VA" Facebook page for info on combatting underage drinking and DUIs in college communities

Campus law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth want you to be aware of the consequences for underage drinking. If you are of legal drinking age, it may be tempting to provide alcohol to an underage student. Don’t do it!  You can be held liable for drinking-related injuries, jeopardizing your academic career and future employment.

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Drive on: New Virginia law changes punishment for marijuana possession

On Saturday, several new laws will go into effect in Virginia. One will help more people keep their driver’s license after being charged with marijuana possession. It will allow a judge to opt for additional community service instead of automatically suspending someone’s driver’s license for six months. HB 2051 / SB 1091 impacts adults who were not operating a vehicle at the time of the offense. Read more


New ABC laws go into effect in Virginia on July 1

RICHMOND, Va. – Hundreds of new laws were passed by the 2017 Session Virginia General Assembly that are likely to affect the daily lives of many Virginia citizens. Among the many new laws are several that affect Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control regulations. Soon you’ll be able to buy wine and beer at one of Virginia’s many historic cinema’s, or purchase 151-proof alcohol like Everclear from an ABC store.

These new laws go into effect on Saturday, July 1. Here’s a selection of some of the new ABC laws that stand out: Read more


Information on New Laws Effective July 1

A number of resources are available that provide an overview of legislation acted on during the 2017 Session of the Virginia General Assembly:


Governor's 2017 Transportation Safety Awards Announced
Groups and Citizens Recognized for Commitment to Saving Lives

RICHMOND – Virginia’s top transportation safety advocates were honored today during a ceremony at Virginia’s State Capitol. Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian J. Moran and DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb presented the 2017 Governor’s Transportation Safety Awards.

The following individuals and organizations were honored for outstanding contributions to transportation safety... Read more


Virginia Granted Extension to Continue Work Toward REAL ID Compliance Licenses and ID Cards Remain Valid for Federal Facility Access, Military Bases

RICHMOND – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has granted Virginia’s request for additional time to continue work toward REAL ID compliance. As such, Virginians may continue to use their state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards to access secure federal facilities and military bases and to board domestic flights.

Virginia will become fully REAL ID compliant by October 2018 and will begin offering REAL ID approved driver’s licenses and ID cards at that time. These credentials will be optional for Virginians to obtain. Beginning in October 2020, Americans will need to use a federally approved credential – such as the REAL ID credential Virginia is developing – in order to board domestic flights in the United States. Read more


DMV Commends 21 Cities & Counties with No Crash Deaths in 2016

Crashes killed 761 people across the Commonwealth last year

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ Highway Safety Office commends 21 Virginia localities that reported zero traffic fatalities in 2016. Those jurisdictions are... Read more


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State Safety Belt Usage Rate (2017):

85.3%

2016 Rate: 79%

Traffic fatalities on VA’s
highways since
Jan. 1, 2017

(as of August 31):

529
(Compared to 477 at this time last year)

 

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2015 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards

 

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