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Virginia State Police Urges Motorists To Drive To Save Lives This Thanksgiving Weekend

RICHMOND – Traveling to spend time with family is a holiday tradition, and as millions hit the road this Thanksgiving, Virginia State Police urges motorists to drive to save lives so everyone arrives safely for the celebration.

Within the past two weeks, traffic crashes in Virginia have claimed the lives of 35 drivers and passengers, and nine pedestrians. From Jan. 1, 2017, to Nov. 16, 2017, preliminary reports indicate traffic crashes statewide have resulted in 710 deaths; compared to 640 deaths during the same timeframe in 2016. Read more


"Make It to the Table": Don't Drink and Drive

Hanover, VA – As millions of Americans get on the roads to travel home and spend the Thanksgiving holiday reconnecting with friends and loved ones, the Hanover County Sheriff's Office is serving them a reminder: "Make it to the Table: Don't Drink and Drive this Thanksgiving Eve."

The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is a cultural phenomenon called "Thanksgiving Eve," an evening associated with drinking and a big night for bars. From 2012 to 2016, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period, making it the deadliest holiday on our roads. Read more


November Click It or Ticket Mobilization Forms Now Available!

The November 2017 Click It or Ticket Mini-Mobilization is November 20 through December 1. CLICK HERE to get all your seat belt survey and enforcement data forms!


DMV Announces License Plate Design Contest for Virginia Students
The "Take Action Against Distraction" License Plate Design Contest Begins November 1

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) invites Virginia high school students to enter a new license plate design contest. The "Take Action Against Distraction" License Plate Design Contest begins November 1 and is open to all Virginia high school students (grades 9-12). Virginians will have the final say on the design concept chosen for a new license plate highlighting the issue of distracted driving. Read more


Virginia State Police Produce Opioid/Heroin Awareness Videos to Help Stem Abuse & Overdoses
Alleghany County Sheriff Provides Testimnial to Tragedy of Addiction

RICHMOND – From March through July of this year, medical emergency departments across the Commonwealth each month have fielded more than 700 visits by Virginia residents for treatment for unintentional opioid/heroin or unspecified substance overdoses. Of those 700 overdose visits, approximately 160 resulted from heroin usage in June and another 150 in July. In the first half of 2016, fatal drug overdoses across the state increased by 35 percent.* Read more


Nearly 4,800 Traffic Violations & Arrests Made During East Coast 'Drive 2 Save Lives' Safety Initiative
650+ Summonses & Arrests by Virginia State Troopers

RICHMOND – A two-day “Drive to Save Lives” traffic safety initiative that spanned 15 states along the Interstate 95 corridor last week resulted in more than 650 total traffic summonses and arrests by Virginia State Police. 

On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, 2017, Virginia troopers cited 195 speeders and 61 drivers were charged with aggressive driving or other dangerous moving violations. Troopers also cited 35 motorists for failing to wear a seat belt and another 14 for child restraint violations. A total of 11 drunk drivers were taken off Virginia’s roadways and arrested by troopers. Other citations issued include inspection violations, equipment violations, expired safety inspections for commercial vehicles and size or weight violations. In addition, Virginia troopers apprehended 21 wanted persons and made 42 criminal arrests. Read more


Virginia State Police Debut "Move Over" Video at Martinsville Speedway

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — The Virginia State Police debuted Tuesday (Oct. 24) a new safety video highlighting the "Move Over" law, which will be featured this weekend during the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Martinsville Speedway.

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Virginia's Seat Belt Use Rate Reaches New High of 85.3 Percent
DMV, Police and Safety Partners Still Working for 100 Percent

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced today that Virginia’s seat belt use rate has reached a record high of 85.3 percent. However, as 236 unbelted motorists have died in crashes this year in the Commonwealth, DMV, Virginia law enforcement and nonprofit partners continue their efforts toward 100 percent compliance.

“Virginia’s seat belt use rate has averaged around 79 percent, so anytime we see that number go up, it’s a great thing,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “But, as long as Virginians continue to lose their lives because they aren’t wearing their seat belt, our work is not yet complete.” Read more


Highway safety plan to end traffic fatalities

Every day, an average of two people die and more than 100 are injured in highway crashes in Virginia. Last year, more than 700 people died in fatal crashes. And from 2011 to 2015, there were more than 3,000 fatalities and nearly 46,000 serious crashes. These just aren't numbers; these are family members, friends and love ones.

To eliminate traffic fatalities and serious crashes, a number of agencies — including VDOT, DMV, and Virginia State Police — have come together to implement the "Arrive Alive" Virginia Strategic Highway Safety Plan. The plan lays out data-driven solutions to address highway safety issues and move the state toward zero deaths on the Commonwealth's roadways. Read more

 


2017 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards Presented
Henrico County Division of Police recognized with "Commonwealth Award" for best overall traffic safety program in Virginia in 2016; Hanover County Sheriff's Office recognized with 2016 NSA Traffic Safety Unit Award

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge awards for the best traffic safety programs in the state in 2016. The awards luncheon took place during the VACP’s 92nd Annual Training Conference on Tuesday, September 19 in Virginia Beach, VA.

Celebrating its twenty-eighth 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.

SEE THE WINNERS | PHOTOS OF THE WINNERS


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.

Party Safe VA on Facebook

Party Safe VA on Twitter


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 November 16):

713
(Compared to 642 at this time last year)

 

2017 Distracted Driving Summit

 

2017 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards

 

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