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Traffic Fatalities on Virginia Highways More than Double During Labor Day Weekend Compared to 2017
Every hour approximately 11 motorists cited for seat belt violations

RICHMOND – Traffic deaths in Virginia reached a three-year high during the 2018 Labor Day weekend. According to preliminary reports, a dozen individuals were killed in 11 fatal crashes during the four-day statistical counting period (12:01 a.m. Aug. 31, 2018 – 12 a.m. Sept. 3, 2018), which marks the highest number of crashes recorded since 2015 when 16 fatalities occurred over the holiday weekend. In 2017, there were five traffic crashes on Virginia's highways. Read more


Are You Ready for REAL ID? DMV to Offer Optional Upgraded Licenses, IDs Oct. 1
Interested Virginians Encouraged to Make Sure Application Documents in Order

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) wants to make sure all Virginians who decide to apply for an optional REAL ID compliant Virginia driver's license or ID bring the right documents to DMV. Read more


Virginia teens failing to wear seat belts is costing lives

Failing to "click it" is leading to more than a ticket for teenagers in Virginia. Through the end of June 2018 in Virginia, the number of teenagers who have died because they failed to put on their seat belts has doubled compared to the same time frame in 2017. Read more


2018 DMV Legislative Bulletin Available

This annual bulletin reviews legislative changes from the 2018 General Assembly Session that impact traffic laws and DMV licensing and registrations. DOWNLOAD BULLETIN


Governor's 2018 Transportation Safety Awards Announced

Groups and Citizens Recognized for Commitment to Saving Lives

VIRGINIA BEACH - Virginia's top transportation safety advocates were honored Wednesday, May 23 during a ceremony at Virginia's Highway Safety Summit in Virginia Beach. DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor's Highway Safety Representative, presented the 2018 Governor's Transportation Safety Awards.

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


Governor Northam Recognizes Finalists in DMV's License Plate Contest
Blacksburg Student Announced as Grand-Prize Winner

RICHMOND – Governor Ralph Northam, Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and members of the General Assembly celebrated the eight finalists in DMV's Take Action Against Distraction License Plate Design Contest on Thursday, April 12 at the Capitol in Richmond.

Governor Northam announced Kaya Windpainter as the winner of the license plate design contest. Kaya received a $1,000 prize, courtesy of AAA. Her design concept will be available on license plates this summer. Read more


NEW RESOURCE PAGE: Suggested Strategies for Improving Campus Pedestrian Safety

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.


Important! TREDS Process Changes Coming Soon

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


Virginia 2019 Inspection Stickers to Be Relocated on Vehicle Windshield

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


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State Safety Belt Usage Rate (2017):

85.3%

2016 Rate: 79%

Traffic fatalities on VA’s
highways since
Jan. 1, 2018

(as of Sept. 4):

519
(Compared to 544 at this time last year)

 

2017 Distracted Driving Summit

 

2017 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards

 

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