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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


Traffic Deaths Decrease Slightly Over 2017 Memorial Day Weekend
4 of 7 killed in crashes were motorcyclists

RICHMOND – The 2017 Memorial Day holiday weekend proved safer for those traveling the highways of Virginia in comparison to the 2016 Memorial Day weekend. During the four-day statistical counting period, preliminary numbers report a total of seven drivers and passengers died in six traffic crashes statewide this past holiday weekend. During the same time period in 2016, traffic crashes claimed a total of eight lives on Virginia highways.

The six fatal traffic crashes occurred in the cities of Christiansburg and Norfolk and the counties of Augusta, Bedford, Carroll and Rockingham. Sunday’s fatal crash in Rockingham County claimed the lives of two drivers involved in a head-on collision, both of whom were not wearing seat belts. Read more


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State Safety Belt Usage Rate (2016):

79%

2015 Rate: 80.9%

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

(as of June 22):

344
(Compared to 338 at this time last year)

 

2015 IACP Highway Safety Awards

 

2015 Distracted Driving Summit

 

2015 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards

 

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