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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.
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.