September 4, 2018
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. Beginning October 1, DMV will offer Virginians the option to upgrade their current Virginia driver's license or ID to a REAL ID compliant credential. First-time applicants will also have the choice between a REAL ID compliant or standard credential. Read more
July 30, 2018
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
July 9, 2018
Virginia State Police Arrest Almost A DUI An Hour During July 4 Holiday Period
RICHMOND – Fourth of July 2018 marked a busy holiday for Virginia State Police when it came to arresting impaired drivers and citing speeding motorists. In addition, a total of three fatal crashes occurred in the counties of Augusta, Culpeper and Northampton during the two-day, holiday, statistical counting period.
Once again this year, Virginia State Police participated in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort), which is a traffic safety initiative that began 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2018 and concluded Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at midnight. The state-sponsored, national program encourages law enforcement agencies to increase visibility and traffic enforcement efforts on major travel holidays, like the Fourth of July.
The 2018 Fourth of July Operation C.A.R.E. initiative resulted in troopers stopping and arresting a total of 42 drunk drivers during the 48-hour statistical counting period. Troopers also stopped and issued summonses to 4,911 speeders and 1,251 reckless drivers. Troopers cited 429 safety belt violations and 114 child restraint violations. Read more
July 2, 2018
Virginia State Police Urges Motorists to Celebrate Safely This Independence Day and Arrive Alive
RICHMOND – Virginia highways will be bustling this week as millions of people take to the road for the Independence Day holiday, and Virginia State Police is urging motorists to ensure safety and celebration go hand-in-hand.
In just the first six months of this year, at least 368 individuals, including drivers, passengers, pedestrians and motorcyclists, have lost their lives in traffic crashes. Of the 843 fatal crashes on Virginia's highways last year, 208 involved a distracted driver and 248 were alcohol related.
"Summer days are filled with celebration, including vacations, outdoor festivals and backyard cookouts, but no matter where your plans take you, please make safety your priority," said Col. Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. "Regardless of the distance you're traveling this week – across the country or around the corner – remember to buckle up, eliminate distractions and never drive buzzed or drunk. If we all do our small part, we increase everyone's chances of arriving alive." Read more
May 29, 2018
Virginia Experiences Decrease in 2018 Memorial Day Weekend Traffic Deaths
Preliminary reports indicate six traffic deaths – the lowest within at least the past 5 years
RICHMOND – Virginia experienced its fewest number of traffic deaths during the 2018 Memorial Day weekend - the lowest within at least the past five years. Preliminary reports indicate six traffic deaths occurred on Virginia highways during this year's statistical counting period, which began at 12:01 a.m. Friday (May 25, 2018) and concluded at midnight Monday (May 28, 2018).
"This decrease in the Memorial Day weekend traffic fatalities and the slowing of traffic deaths for 2018 are both proof that we can save lives on Virginia's highways by working together," said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. "The Virginia State Police, in collaboration with our local police and sheriff's offices, will continue our stepped up education and enforcement efforts as we head into the busy summer travel months. We simply ask for Virginians to do their part by always buckling up, complying with speed limits, driving distraction free and never driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs." Read more
May 24, 2018
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
May 23, 2018
Motorists Urged to Put Traffic Safety on Their Travel Agenda This Memorial Day Weekend
RICHMOND – As travelers plan their vacations and pack their bags for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, Virginia State Police is urging motorists to make sure traffic safety is at the top of their agenda. Already this year, 280 individuals, including drivers, passengers, pedestrians and motorcyclists, have lost their lives in traffic crashes. The startling number comes on the heels of an almost 11 percent increase in traffic deaths during 2017.
"Last year, 843 people were killed on Virginia's highways. On average, that's more than two people a day, 16 people a week and 70 people a month. But no matter how you count these tragic incidents, there are just too many," said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. "The sad fact is that many traffic crashes are preventable, but in order to prevent them we all have to do our part by buckling up, complying with speed limits, eliminating distractions and never driving impaired." Read more
May 16, 2018
May is National Bicycle Safety Month
DMV Urges Bicyclists and Motorists to Share the Road
RICHMOND, Va. – As part of National Bicycle Safety Month, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) urges bicyclists and drivers alike to respect the rules of the road – and fellow road users.
"Recent DMV statistics illustrate the importance of bicycle safety with more than 600 bicyclists injured last year. The number of bicyclists killed in Virginia crashes increased 30 percent, from 10 fatalities in 2016 to 13 in 2017," said Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. "One way bicyclists can increase their safety is by always wearing a proper-fitting helmet and teaching their children to wear one as well. Like seat belts in cars, a helmet can save your life in a crash." Read more
April 12, 2018
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
April 2, 2018
Governor Northam Designates April as Highway Safety Month in the Commonwealth
Governor Directs Transportation and Public Safety Agencies to Join Forces for High-Visibility Effort to Reduce Fatalities
RICHMOND – Governor Ralph Northam today designated April in Virginia as Highway Safety Month. With highway fatalities alarmingly on the rise in the Commonwealth and nationwide, Governor Northam called on his public safety and transportation agencies to coordinate efforts to elevate awareness to save lives.
In 2017, 843 people died on Virginia's roadways, a 20 percent increase over the Commonwealth's low of 700 highway deaths in 2014. Read more
Va. transportation officials: Distracted driving an 'epidemic'
There were 248 deaths linked to drunk driving in Virginia last year. There were 208 fatalities resulting from crashes in which distracted driving was determined to be a factor, but officials think the actual number is more grim. Read more
February 20, 2018
Voting Now Open in DMV's Take Action Against Distraction License Plate Design Contest
Public can vote from February 20 to March 20
The creator of the winning license plate design concept will receive a $1,000 prize, courtesy of AAA Mid- Atlantic, sponsor of the Take Action Against Distraction License Plate Design Contest.
The public has eight different license plate design concepts, created by Virginia high school students, from to which to choose. "We want the public to take an active role in battling distracted driving," said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. "One of these plates will be instrumental in helping raise awareness about this important issue." Read more
February 14, 2018
Transportation Safety Awards Recognize Crash Reduction Efforts
Applications Due March 16, 2018
RICHMOND - The outstanding efforts made by individuals and organizations to change the behaviors of Virginia's motorists leading to crash, injury, and fatality reduction may be nominated for the 2018 Virginia Governor's Transportation Safety Awards. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles' Highway Safety Office is accepting nominations through March 16, 2018 for 13 different transportation safety categories. Read more
December 29, 2017
Virginia DMV Schedules Highway Safety Grant Workshops Applicants Must Attend One Session to Apply for Grant
RICHMOND - The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles' Highway Safety Office (VAHSO) has scheduled regional workshops to assist nonprofits, state agencies and law enforcement agencies with the 2019 highway safety grant application submission process.
Beginning February 1, 2018, VAHSO will accept applications for grants to support programs throughout Virginia that strive to reduce traffic deaths and injuries. The deadline for highway safety grant submissions is February 28, 2018.
Interested applicants are required to attend a workshop and then apply online at dmvNOW.com. Workshops are currently being scheduled and will continue through January 31, 2018. Read more
December 18, 2017
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
December 6, 2017
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
November 27, 2017
10 Die in Traffic Crashes on Virginia Highways Over Thanksgiving Weekend
2017 Proving to Be Deadlier than 2016 for Traffic Crashes
RICHMOND – With overall traffic fatalities already on the increase, the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday weekend proved to be a deadly one for 10 individuals traveling on Virginia's highways. During the holiday statistical counting period, which began Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at 12:01 a.m. and continued through midnight Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, traffic crashes claimed the lives of eight drivers, one passenger and a pedestrian. As of Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, there have been 737 reported traffic deaths in Virginia, compared to 664 this date last year. Read more
November 21, 2017
DMV Urges Thanksgiving Motorists to Buckle Up as Click It or Ticket Begins
Offices Closed November 23-25; Customers Can Conduct Business Online
RICHMOND – November's Click It or Ticket campaign is underway, and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reminds motorists to always buckle up before hitting the road this Thanksgiving – and every day.
State and local police officers across Virginia will be on the lookout for unbelted motorists during Click It or Ticket, which runs from November 20-December 1. Click It or Ticket combines high visibility enforcement of seat belt and child safety seat laws with outreach and education. Read more
November 17, 2017
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 2, 2017
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
November 1, 2017
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
October 27, 2017
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
October 24, 2017
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. Read more
October 18, 2017
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
October 12, 2017
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
September 1, 2017
With Traffic Deaths Spiking in Virginia, State Police Urging All Virginians to #Drive2SaveLives This Labor Day Weekend
RICHMOND – In the past seven days, 15 people have died in traffic crashes on Virginia highways across the Commonwealth. That alarming death toll includes drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and a 9-year-old bicyclist. Tragically, this year is proving to be a deadly one for Virginia’s highways. As of Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, there have been 529 reported traffic deaths in Virginia, compared to 477 this same date last year.
“The fact that we have lost 50 more lives in traffic crashes this year than in 2016 should be of major concern for all Virginians, especially as we head into the heavily-traveled Labor Day weekend,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “State police will have all available troopers out on patrol for the extended holiday weekend, but we need every driver and passenger committed to also doing their part to make their travels as safe as possible.” Read more
August 31, 2017
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
July 5, 2017
Traffic Deaths Increase Over 2017 Fourth of July Weekend
Four killed were not wearing seat belts
RICHMOND – Fatal crash numbers rose during this year’s Fourth of July weekend, and nearly half of the motorists killed in those crashes were not wearing a seat belt. During the four-day statistical counting period, preliminary numbers report a total of nine drivers and passengers died in as many traffic crashes statewide this past holiday weekend. Last year, traffic crashes claimed a total of eight lives on Virginia highways. Read more
June 29, 2017
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
June 28, 2017
Motorists Urged to Drive 2 Save Lives This July 4 Holiday
2017 Summer Travel Season Off to a Deadly Start on Virginia Highways
RICHMOND – With a “record-breaking” number of travelers forecasted for the 2017 Independence Day weekend and the recent rash of fatal crashes in Virginia since the official start of summer, the Virginia State Police is urging all motorists to put traffic safety at the top of their list of holiday priorities. This past weekend, 15 people were killed in traffic crashes across the Commonwealth. Those who lost their lives in traffic crashes June 23-25, 2017, included drivers, passengers, motorcyclists and pedestrians ranging from 4 months to 74 years of age.
To ensure the Fourth of July holiday is as safe as possible, Virginia State Police will increase patrols during the long holiday weekend. Beginning Saturday, July 1, VSP will join law enforcement around the country for Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving, speed and failing to wear a seat belt. The 2017 July Fourth statistical counting period begins at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017, and continues through midnight Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Read more
June 15, 2017
Governors 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
June 13, 2017
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
May 31, 2017
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
May 23, 2017
Virginia State Police Reminds Motorists to Slow Down or Move Over This Memorial Day Weekend
RICHMOND – Memorial Day signifies the official start of summer, and the Virginia State Police is taking this opportunity to remind motorists to do what’s right when they see lights – #MoveOver.
The “Move Over” law is a lifesaving law intended to protect public safety professionals and highway workers who help to maintain the safety of the Commonwealth’s roads. Read more
January 5, 2017
Winter Weather Driving Alert: Drive to Save Lives
RICHMOND, Va. – Depending on where you live in Virginia, over the next two days you may only see snow flurries or be counting the inches of snow as it accumulates. Regardless, the Virginia State Police are reminding all Virginians of the need to drive to the conditions. Read more