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June 29, 2016
DMV Offices Closed Saturday and Monday for Fourth of July
Buckle Up and Drive Sober This Holiday and Every Day

RICHMOND – All Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) customer service centers (CSCs) will be closed on Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. DMV will re-open for service Tuesday, July 5.

When offices are closed or anytime, customers may visit to set up their myDMV account and get a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to conduct more than 40 secure transactions online. After setting up their myDMV account, customers can opt to receive their renewal notices through email or text message rather than getting paper reminders via the U.S. mail.

During the Fourth of July holiday weekend, law enforcement officers will be out in full force, cracking down on drivers who are not obeying the law. DMV’s Virginia Highway Safety Office reminds Virginians to designate a sober driver before the Fourth of July celebrations begin.

“Helping to prevent alcohol-related tragedies is simple – do not drive after drinking any alcohol, period,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “Even one drink can impair judgment on the road. With added traffic during the holiday weekend, be sure to designate a sober driver before going to your Fourth of July celebration to ensure a safe ride home.”

DMV reminds drivers that distracted driving can also be deadly. Texting or reading texts while driving is illegal for all drivers – no exceptions. Texting while driving is a primary offense that officers take seriously. Put your phones down and keep your eyes on the road ahead.

“The safety of everyone on Virginia roadways is of the utmost importance,” Holcomb said. “All drivers should be mindful of these safety tips this holiday weekend and all year round.”

There were 952 crashes during the Fourth of July holiday period last year (July 3-5, 2015) resulting in 490 injuries and four fatalities.

Of the four fatalities:

  • 100% of the fatalities were speed-related
  • 50% of the fatalities were alcohol-related
  • 50% of the victims were unbelted

Of the 490 injuries:

  • 35% of the injuries were speed-related
  • 12% of the injuries were alcohol-related
  • 7% of the victims were unbelted