VSP begins traffic safety initiative

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The Virginia State Police are beginning their traffic enforcement and safety initiative “Operation DISS-rupt” along the 325 miles of Interstate 81 through Virginia on Thursday and Friday.

The VSP will focus on:

  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving,
  • Speed compliance
  • Seat belt safety.

A similar effort was put into place on February 12th and 13th and led to 343 speeding citations.

Lt. Col. Matt Hanley, director of VSP Bureau of Field Operations said, “This spring we have continued to see dangerous driving behaviors on Virginia’s highways, and our goal is to “diss-rupt” them. We’re working to get Virginia back to the basics of traffic safety, which includes getting motorists to slow down, share the road and drive distraction free.”

So far this year, 225 Virginians have died on roadways.

The operation’s goal is to achieve zero fatal crashes during the enforcement period and reduce the total number of crashes on interstates in the calendar year by 10%.

Some driving behaviors highlighted in the announcement include:

  • ditching distractions by using hands free devices
  • utilizing proper seat belt safety
  • complying with speed limits
  • never driving while impaired

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Virginia state police conduct Operation Diss-rupt

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This weekend, the Virginia State Police Culpeper Divisions, will be conducting Operation DISS-rupt on all 76 miles of I-66.

This traffic enforcement and educational program will focus on distracted driving, impaired driving, the use of seat belts, and proper speed.

Superbowl weekend is the perfect time to tackle these bad habits.

Preliminary data shows that 839 persons died in Virginia traffic accidents for 2023.

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FCSO officer named guest speaker at Distracted Driving Summit

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The 10th Annual Distracted Driving Summit by Drive Smart Virginia is getting ready for their event in Blacksburg this September and recently announced one of their guest speakers.

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Warren Gosnell was added to the list of special guests to speak at the event.

Lt. Gosnell was chosen thanks to his 26 years of experience in law enforcement with an emphasis on traffic safety and enforcement.

The summit will focus on how Virginia can reverse the trend of an increase in distracted driving cases around the state since 2020.

While the event is aimed towards police officers and first responders, it is open to any community member who would like to attend.

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Holiday weekend traffic enforcement initiatives

Virginia State Police are reminding travelers this holiday weekend to avoid distractions, slow down, and buckle up.

Starting Friday afternoon, VSP is participating in the national Operation Crash Awareness Reduction Effort to reduce crashes, fatalities, and injuries due to impaired driving or failing to wear a seat belt.

This initiative also falls in line with the annual “Click it or ticket” campaign which started May 24th and continues through the holiday weekend.

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WCSO distracted driving campaign

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the U Drive, U Text, U Pay campaign.

From April 7-11, law enforcement officers will be highly visible in enforcing texting and distracted driving related laws.

Nationwide, distracted driving deaths reached over 26,000 between 2012-2019.

Some tips from the Sheriff’s office and NHTSA include pulling over safely if you need to send a text, assigning a “designated texter” on road trips, or utilizing phone features like “Do Not Disturb” mode.

For more information on the campaign, click here.

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