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August 11, 2021
DMV Launches New "Local Heroes" Campaign
Tidewater/Hampton Roads Area First Responders Promote Seat Belt Safety in Ad Campaign Set to Run Through August 31

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has launched its 2021 Local Heroes campaign, with an aim to decrease unrestrained traffic injuries and fatalities by encouraging drivers and passengers to wear their seat belts. In 2020, there were 343 unrestrained fatalities in Virginia. The five-year average (2016-2020) for unrestrained fatalities in Virginia is 311. Read more

July 17, 2021
Governor Northam Launches #YourSayVA Digital Town Hall on Speeding and Summer Travel Safety Campaign
Virginians are encouraged to participate through August 13

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new summer travel safety campaign and survey designed to engage Virginians in efforts to reduce speed-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities on the Commonwealth's roadways.

The "Don't Speed Thru Summer. Make it Last." initiative uses both online and traditional media to focus on the dangers of speed and aggressive driving. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and the Governor's Executive Leadership Team on Highway Safety, preliminary numbers indicate speed-related crashes have already claimed 182 lives on Virginia's roadways and injured another 4,248 people within the first six months of 2021. Last year, 22,479 speed-related crashes on Virginia roadways resulted in 406 fatalities, the highest number in at least 10 years. Read more

July 7, 2021
Independence Day Holiday Traffic Crashes Claim Ten Lives in Virginia

RICHMOND – Virginia is experiencing a disturbing trend on its roadways – increased traffic crash fatalities – with the state on pace to have another unfortunate increase in 2021. Preliminary reports indicate 10 individuals died in traffic crashes on Virginia highways during the July 4 holiday statistical counting period that began at 12:01 a.m. July 2, 2021 and concluded at midnight July 5, 2021. Four of the crashes involved motorcycles and a fifth was an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Since Jan. 1, 2021 through July 7, 2021, preliminary reports indicate 399 lives have been lost to traffic crashes in Virginia, compared to 395 during the same time period in 2020.

The 10 fatal crashes occurred in the counties of Botetourt, Campbell, Chesterfield, Essex, Fairfax, Mecklenburg, Patrick and Stafford and the City of Newport News. The fatal motorcycle crashes occurred in the counties of Botetourt, Essex, Fairfax and Stafford. The Patrick County crash involved the ATV. Read more

July 1, 2021
Make It a Safe & Sober July 4 Holiday Weekend

As part of its ongoing efforts to increase safety and reduce traffic fatalities on Virginia's highways during the coming holiday weekend, Virginia State Police will increase patrols from 12:01 a.m. Friday (July 2, 2021) through midnight Monday (July 5, 2021) as part of the Operation Crash Awareness Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.). Operation C.A.R.E. is a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving, speed and failing to wear a seat belt. Read more

June 4, 2021
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

May 27, 2021
With More Virginians Returning to the Road for Memorial Day Weekend, Motorists Urged to Keep Safety Top of Mind
22 Virginia Traffic Deaths — 5 Motorcyclists — Since Last Friday

RICHMOND – With travel forecasts calling for a significant increase for the Memorial Day weekend from 2020, the Virginia State Police (VSP) is encouraging motorists to bring their "Safety First" mindset to the roadways. This includes obeying all posted speed limits, driving for conditions, buckling up and ditching distractions. Traffic safety is imperative when considering that 22 lives have been lost to 16 reported crashes on Virginia's highways between Friday, May 21, 2021, and midnight Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Of the 22 traffic fatalities, five were motorcyclists, two were bicyclists and one was a pedestrian. Two of the fatal crashes claimed a total of eight lives. Read more

May 18, 2021
Seat Belts Are Essential for Driver & Passenger Safety
"Click It or Ticket!" campaign focuses on remembrance

RICHMOND - While many Virginians are getting vaccinated and making spring and summer travel plans, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), through its "Click It or Ticket!" campaign, reminds those who will be traveling that the best way to ensure you and your loved ones arrive at your destination safely is to always wear a seat belt. 

While statistics show the lifesaving value of seat belts, approximately 15% of Virginians still do not buckle up. Held nationally in May, the "Click It or Ticket!" campaign combines outreach, education and enforcement to promote proper seat belt and child safety seat use.

Despite fewer cars on the road, Virginia continues to see an increase in unbelted fatalities on the Commonwealth's roadways. Approximately 13% more people who weren't wearing their seat belts have been killed in crashes in 2020, compared to 2019 (343 compared to 304). Read more

April 23, 2021
Governor Northam Declares April as Highway Safety Month in Virginia
Virginians reminded to buckle up for safe travel in every seat, every time

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam has proclaimed April as Highway Safety Month in the Commonwealth and is urging all Virginians to help prevent injuries and fatalities on Virginia's roadways. This Highway Safety Month, Governor Northam is directing his Executive Leadership Team on Highway Safety to highlight the importance of seat belt use in reducing the number of unrestrained crashes and saving lives. Read more

April 8, 2021
Virginia Among 15 East Coast States Participating in Annual "I-95 Drive to Save Lives"

RICHMOND – Virginia will be among 15 states, from Maine to Florida, participating in a two-day "Drive to Save Lives" traffic safety initiative along Interstate 95. On Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, 2021, Virginia State Police will be dedicating additional patrol resources to Interstate 95 traffic safety enforcement. Motorists can expect to see an increased presence of troopers along Virginia's entire 178 miles of I-95, from the border of North Carolina to Maryland. This year the initiative coincides with Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Read more

April 7, 2021
National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) Factsheet & Activities

The 2021 National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) will be held April 26-30, and the theme is "Drive Save. Work Safe. Save Lives".  This year, the Michigan Department of Transportation will be hosting the NWZAW kick-off press event on Tuesday, April 27th. Read more

February 24, 2021
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

September 9, 2020
Labor Day Weekend Traffic Crashes Claim 17 Lives in Virginia
Eight deaths occurred during evening or early morning hours

RICHMOND, Va. – With 17 traffic deaths reported for the Labor Day weekend, the preliminary 2020 statewide statistics match the 2019 statistics. This was a jump from 2018 numbers when there were 14 traffic fatalities and a considerable spike from 2017 when there were five traffic fatalities. The majority of the 2020 fatal crashes occurred after dark and at least five of those that lost their lives weren't wearing a seatbelt. Read more

August 26, 2020
Virginia Launches 19th Annual Checkpoint Strikeforce Campaign to Curb Impaired Driving
Governor Northam highlights increased enforcement patrols, reminds Virginians to travel safely

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today kicked off the Commonwealth's 19th annual Checkpoint Strikeforce enforcement and public education campaign to combat impaired driving and prevent alcohol-related injuries and fatalities on Virginia's roads. Modified to address safety and health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the period of increased enforcement will take place from August 26 through Labor Day weekend, and resume periodically around key holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and New Year's Eve. Read more

July 8, 2020
Traffic Safety Advocates Commend Governor, Lawmakers for Passage of Ban on Handheld Personal Communications Devices while Driving
Governor Ralph Northam Holds Virtual Bill Signing Ceremony Today

Richmond, VA (Wednesday, July 8, 2020) - Traffic safety advocates celebrated a substantial victory today in the fight to save lives on Virginia roads that would otherwise be lost at the hands of distracted drivers. Governor Northam will host a ceremonial bill signing at 9:00 A.M. today for HB874/SB160 which will prohibit any person from holding a handheld personal communications device while driving in Virginia as of January 1, 2021.  The measure was championed by Delegate Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond) and Senator Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax) and supported by members of the Virginia Partners for Safe Driving, including DRIVE SMART Virginia, AAA Mid-Atlantic, and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police. The current law, passed in 2009, only forbids texting and emailing while driving and is difficult to enforce. Read more

2020 Independence Day Holiday Traffic Crashes Claim Nine Lives
44 DUI Arrests Over Holiday Weekend

RICHMOND – Unfortunately, thousands of drunk, speeding and reckless drivers kept Virginia State Police busy and put countless lives at risk during the 2020 July 4th holiday weekend across the Commonwealth. Preliminary reports indicate nine individuals, to include a 4-year-old child, died during the holiday statistical counting period that began at 12:01 a.m. July 2, 2020 and concluded at midnight July 5, 2020. During the 2019 July 4 holiday counting period, there were seven traffic deaths on Virginia highways. Read more

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