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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