Click It or Ticket Campaign begins

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and local law enforcement are teaming up for the annual “Click It or Ticket” Campaign November 19-30.

So far this year, fatalities among drivers and passengers who were not wearing a seatbelt are down 12% from last year.

Of the fatalities, 73% were male and 20% in their 20s.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing a seatbelt can reduce the chances of a fatal crash by 55%.

DMV Commissioner Gerald Lackey said, “The good news is that fewer people who weren’t wearing a seatbelt were killed in crashes so far this year, but we can’t become complacent.”

The DMV provided a few refreshers to help make sure you start your holiday journey safely.

Those include making sure any children are buckled securely and in the correct safety seat, making sure the seat belt clicks and is tight across your hips and chest, as well as keeping your seatbelt on the whole trip, every time.

No matter how close you are to home.

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Youngkin announces results of Operation Bold Blue Line

VSP official patch and logo used by permission by Information Officer Brent Coffey

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced earlier this week the latest results from Operation Bold Blue Line.

The initiative is dedicated to strengthening the partnerships between the Virginia State Police and local law enforcement agencies.

Since the beginning of the Operation in December of 2022, VSP and local law enforcement have seized 2,060 pounds of narcotics including nearly 47 pounds of deadly fentanyl with a street value of over $31 million.

An additional $2.7 million in currency was seized due to ties to illicit activity.

In total, the partnership has led to 857 felony arrests and 721 misdemeanors.

Governor Youngkin said, “Through the hard work and partnerships between state and local law enforcement, we are strengthening sustained efforts to get illegal drugs and illegal weapons off the streets, improving safety in our communities. These results show progress on our collective efforts to support law enforcement, crack down on illegal drugs, enforce tougher penalties for violent criminals and ensure safer communities across the Commonwealth.”

To view the full press release, click here.

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Local communities prepare for National Night Out

Communities around the Shenandoah Valley are getting ready for August 1 National Night Out.

The campaign is now in it’s 40th year of promoting police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

From 6 pm- 9 pm August , local law enforcement will engage with the community through drone and K9 demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, and more.

Front Royal’s night out will be held at the Gazebo, Frederick County’s at Jordan Springs Elementary, Middletown will be at Laurel Ridge Community College, Riley Park hosts Woodstock’s event while Strasburg’s is in the Square.

Clarke County Sheriff’s Office and Berryville Police Department will hold their event at Rose Hill Park.

Luray Police Department and Page County Sheriff’s Office will hold their event at the Hawksbill Greenway.

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