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National Ride to Work Day 21 June 2021

Monday June 21, 2021 is National Ride to Work Day! Don't be too surprised if you see more motorcycles on the road Monday than usual. The moniker for this year's event is "Share the road with motorcycles".

Did you know in 2019, there were 89 motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes, an increase from 2018 (88). Those deaths accounted for 11% of the total highway fatalities that year.  In 2020, there were 87 motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes, a decrease from 2019 (89). Those deaths accounted for 10% of the total highway fatalities that year.  It's especially important for motorists to understand the safety challenges faced by motorcyclists, such as size and visibility, and motorcycle riding practices like downshifting and weaving to know how to anticipate and respond to them. By raising motorists' awareness, both drivers and riders will be safer sharing the road.

Some tips for vehicle drivers:

  • If you are turning at an intersection and your view of oncoming traffic is partially obstructed, wait until you can see around the obstruction, sufficiently scan for all roadway users (pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists alike), and proceed with caution. Slow your decision-making process down at intersections.

  • One's reaction time and ability to assess and respond to a potential collision, such as a lane change, is significantly hindered if there are large differences in speed among vehicles in traffic. When approaching a congested roadway, being diligent in modifying your speed to match that of the cars in traffic can be a lifesaver, particularly for motorcyclists.

  • Allow a motorcyclist a full lane width. Though it may seem as if there is enough room in a single lane for a motor vehicle and a motorcycle, looks can be deceiving. Share the road, but not the lane: A motorcyclist needs room to maneuver safely. 

  • Because motorcycles are smaller than most vehicles, they can be difficult to see. Their size can also cause other drivers to misjudge their speed and distance.

  • Size also counts against motorcycles when it comes to blind spots. Motorcyclists can be easily hidden in a vehicle's blind spot. Always look for motorcycles by checking your mirrors and blind spots before switching to another lane of traffic.

  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows motorcyclists to anticipate your movement and find a safe lane position.

  • Do not be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle — it may not be self-canceling and the motorcyclist may have forgotten to turn it off. Wait to be sure the rider is going to turn before you proceed.

  • Allow more follow distance — three or four seconds — when following a motorcycle; this gives the motorcycle rider more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. Motorcycle riders may suddenly need to change speed or adjust their lane position to avoid hazards such as potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings, and grooved pavement.

Link to the DMV motorcycle video: https://youtu.be/Zf0-LDlYz68


2021 Virginia Highway Safety Summit — NOW VIRTUAL!

The Department of Motor Vehicles will host its annual Highway Safety Summit virtually through a series of webinars July 13-21. The theme is "2021: Moving Forward Together."

The virtual summit will feature sessions that focus on current highway safety issues to continue our efforts to decrease the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities on our roadways. Speakers from the national, state and local level will talk about a variety of topics.  AGENDA

We invite highway safety stakeholders from law enforcement, state agencies, non-profits, institutes of higher education, as well as other highway safety advocates to attend.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! SUMMIT IS FREE TO ATTEND!


Register for the 2021 IACP Drugs, Alcohol and Impaired Driving Conference
August 14-16 • In-Person AND Virtual Attendance Options
!

Registration for the 27th annual IACP Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving (DAID) training conference, taking place August 14–16, 2021, is open and in-person spots are filling up quickly! Attendees will be updated and informed on the latest practices and science of alcohol- and drug-impaired driving and road safety.

The event will be hosted at the Omni ChampionsGate Resort in ChampionsGate, Florida, just outside of Orlando, along with a virtual option to attend. 

Register Today


Interstate 81 Safety Effort — "Together, Make I-81 Safer"

This summer, we're teaming up with safety partners and enforcement officials in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia to reduce crashes and fatalities involving large trucks and buses along the I-81 corridor.

Throughout June, July, and August, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will hold enforcement and education periods that focus on changing unsafe driving behaviors of both commercial and passenger vehicle drivers. 

We need your help spreading the word ahead of the June 8 and 11 enforcement and education period! And again in July and August. The link below includes:

  • Two (2) social media graphics
  • Corresponding social media messages
  • Talking points
  • Sample news release for you to distribute in your local area

June enforcement and education materials: https://strat.box.com/s/jkd4ne10gktj16qdh8snzjog733szsme

Please share with your PIO and media folks and feel free to spread the word to media outlets along the I-81 corridor.

Thank you in advance for amplifying these important safety messages. Together, we can make I-81 safer.


Traffic Crashes Claim 14 Lives During 2021 Memorial Day Weekend
Lack of Seat Belt Usage Continues to Contribute to Lives Lost

RICHMOND – The 2021 Memorial Day weekend not only saw an increase in overall traffic volumes on Virginia's highways, but also an increase in traffic deaths. Preliminary reports indicate 14 people lost their lives during the four-day, holiday statistical counting period. During the same statistical counting period in 2020, traffic crashes on Virginia highways resulted in eight deaths.

Of the 14 individuals killed this year on Virginia highways, two were riding on motorcycles and eight were not wearing a seat belt. The statistical counting period began at 12:01 a.m. Friday (May 28) and ended at midnight Monday (May 31).  Read more


Click It or Ticket National May Mobilization

The DMV – Highway Safety Office reminds you that the 2021 May Click It or Ticket Campaign is approaching quickly.  We are seeking support from all of our partners and law enforcement agencies throughout the Commonwealth to educate our communities of the importance of buckling up, day and night, on Virginia roadways.

WHEN:

  • Earned Media:  May 10 - June 6, 2021
  • Paid Media:  May 17 - June 6, 2021
  • Enforcement:  May 24 - June 6, 2021

FORMS:


Registration Open for DUID for Virginia Prosecutors & Law Enforcement (Virtual Training)

Registration is now open for the first two (2) of six (6) DUID for Virginia Prosecutors and Law Enforcement programs. The first training will be held on May 19, 2021 and the second will be held June 7, 2021. Both will be presented via Zoom. This program includes everything you need to know about investigating and prosecuting a DUID case - and specifically includes information about cannabis impaired driving - which is becoming increasingly important. This training is open to Virginia prosecutors and law enforcement. The training will run from 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.on both dates. MCLE and PIC-3 credits will be applied for.

Dates and locations for the remaining four (4) DUID programs will be announced soon. Please contact Jake Lambert with any questions at jrlambert@wm.edu or 757-598-3373.

To register for the June 7, 2021 program please click below:

https://www.ciclt.net/sn/events/e_signup.aspx?ClientCode=casc&E_ID=500433&RegType=ATT


SFST Instructor Development Course (SFST-IDC)

June 21-24, 2021
Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy
3045 Lee Highway
Weyers Cave, VA 24486

The SFST-IDC is designed to enable participants to develop the knowledge, skill and attitudes necessary to effectively fill roles as instructors in support of the NHTSA/IACP DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) training program which targets the detection of impaired drivers. This course is designed to train instructors to effectively teach and provide effective feedback to learners.

Participants should be law officers who are DCJS certified General Instructors and have demonstrated proficiency in the administration of the SFST's. They must have successfully completed the NHTSA/Iacp SFST training Program. Their reason for attending this training should
be motivated by:

  • a desire to develop and strengthen effective presentation
    skills.
  • a desire to develop or strengthen skills as a DWI
    detection and SFST instructor
  • a desire to learn how to conduct interactive participant-
    centered training

There is no registration fee to attend. Please complete the registration form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Weyers

For more information, contact Corey Anop at corey.anop@dmv.virginia.gov

Additional FREE Crash Investigation Courses

Advanced Crash Investigation 
July 12, 2021 - July 23, 2021
(0800-1700, M-F)
Henrico County Police Ranco Road Training Facility
7425 Ranco Road
Henrico, VA 23228

August 23, 2021 - September 3, 2021
(0800-1700, M-F)
James City County Law Enforcement Center
4600 Opportunity Way
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Event Data Recorder Use in Traffic Crash Reconstruction – Level I
July 26 – 30, 2021 (0800-1700, M-F)
Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy
3630 Lee Hill Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Traffic Crash Reconstruction
September 13 – 24, 2021 (0800-1700, M-F)
Virginia State Police
7700 Midlothian Turnpike
North Chesterfield, VA 23235

Investigation of Motorcycle Crashes - Level 1 Course
September 20 - 24, 2021 (0800-1700, M-F)
Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Please feel free to contact Steve Williams if you have any questions or concerns – 540-632-3042 or Steven.Williams@dmv.virginia.gov.

Fundamentals of Crash Investigation & Reconstruction Course

Class Dates and Location
September 13 – 24, 2021 (0800-1700, M-F)
Roanoke County Police Department 
5925 Cove Road
Roanoke, VA 24019

The Virginia Highway Safety Office is offering a course in Fundamentals of Crash Investigation and Reconstruction. This two-week course imparts the knowledge and skills required for detailed crash investigation by combining classroom lectures with practical field exercises.

This class will be limited to 20 law enforcement personnel and COVID-19 precautionary protocols will be in place.

Topics will include:  
  • Coefficient of friction
  • Computing speeds from yaw marks and skid marks
  • Vehicle and occupant kinematics
  • Indicators of safety belt use
  • Identifying and documenting evidence
  • Traffic law
  • Measuring the scene
  • Scale diagramming
  • Time and distance

Registration
Registration for the course is FREE. Seating is limited to the first 20 Virginia Law Enforcement, Commonwealth Attorneys, or persons associated with the Virginia Multidisciplinary Crash Investigation Team.

** Please remember only the tuition for this course is free for Virginia Law Enforcement, Commonwealth Attorneys, or persons associated with the Virginia Multidisciplinary Crash Investigation Team. The travel/lodging/per diem/other expenses are covered by the student and/or their agency.**

To register, email Steve Williams at Steven.Williams@dmv.virginia.gov and provide the following information:

  • Contact information for the person attending the class (i.e., name, department, phone number, and email address)
  • Date and location of desired class

Materials Needed
Students should bring the following materials to class:

  • An electronic calculator with a square root function
  • A compass to draw circles
  • Pencils
  • Foul weather gear in case of inclement weather during field exercises
  • A 50 or 100 foot measuring tape

Please feel free to contact Steve Williams if you have any questions or concerns – 540-632-3042 or Steven.Williams@dmv.virginia.gov.


TOOLKIT: Virginia's New Hands-free Law

Virginia DMV encourages you to prevent distracted driving crashes by educating Virginians on the dangers of using a mobile phone, or engaging in any other risky behavior, while behind the wheel. In 2019, there were 120 deaths, 13,258 injuries and 34,850 crashes attributed to distracted driving.

Virginia's new hands-free law takes effect Jan. 1, 2021, and all highway safety partners are needed to help spread the word.

  • Download free educational materials about the hands-free law from DRIVE SMART Virginia's online toolkit including animated banner ads, images, and ready-made posts for social media.
  • Visit DRIVE SMART's online store to order free copies of the new hands-free brochure and poster for distribution to citizens.

As always, we appreciate your continued dedication to highway safety and saving lives.


DMV Reminds Motorcyclists to "Gear Up" for Spring-Like Weather
Motorists Urged to Be On the Lookout for Motorcycles

RICHMOND - As some spring-like weather rolls in, motorcyclists roll out to enjoy the highways and byways of the Commonwealth. To help spread a message of safety, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) launched a campaign this week urging motorcyclists to wear the proper gear when taking to the road and motorists to be on the lookout for the more vulnerable road users.

"Motorcyclists must do everything they can to protect themselves as they are sharing the road with vehicles that are many, many times the size of theirs," said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor's Highway Safety Representative. "Gearing up with the right safety equipment every time is the simplest way to do that." Read more


Traffic Enforcement During the COVID-19 Pandemic

While COVID-19 cases are steadily increasing within the U.S., law enforcement agencies continue to respond to incidents and enforce traffic laws in their communities, despite the operational challenges they may face on roadways due to the pandemic. Considerations to take when making traffic stops or conducting traffic safety initiatives is available from the IACP at https://www.theiacp.org/resources/document/traffic-enforcement-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

The recommendations were created in consultation with a small sample of police agencies from around the United States.

For specific considerations related to impaired driving during the COVID-19 pandemic, please see the tool, Processing DUIs during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Considerations for Law Enforcement.


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State Safety Belt Usage Rate (2020):

85.4%

2019 Rate: 85.4%

Traffic fatalities on VA’s
highways since
Jan. 1, 2021

(as of June 3):

316
(Compared to 309 at this time last year)

 

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