Shenandoah National Park encourages safety this weekend

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Shenandoah National Park realizes the Labor Day Weekend will be busy, and you’ll be having fun!

But, you can’t have fun without some rules. 

Read up on fire safety, no fires in the back country and only build fires in park-built fire rings. 

The speed limit in most areas of Skyline Drive is 35 mph.

The Park law enforcement is working with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to enforce the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign this weekend.

Stay on trail when you’re hiking in the park.

And finally, don’t play with or feed the wildlife.

Keep the park’s animals safe and give them space.

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October is the most dangerous month on VA’s roads

According to a report from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (VDMV) October is statistically the most dangerous month to drive in Virginia.

Over the last 10 years, 8,034 people were killed on Virginia’s roads with 10% of those coming in October.

In 2021, 86 people were killed and 5,200 injured in nearly 12,000 crashes.

In nearly half of deaths, those killed were not properly restrained with a seatbelt, car seat, or booster seat.

19 law enforcement agencies from around the Commonwealth as well as the Virginia State Police will participate in Operation Crash Reduction this holiday weekend.

The awareness campaign by the NHTSA encourages drivers to buckle up, slow down, and practice safe driving behaviors.

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WCSO joins National Seat Check Saturday

Warren County Sheriff's Office

National Seat Check Saturday is today and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office is offering free car seat checks.

From 10 am to 1 pm today at their office on Skyline Vista Drive, they will have certified technicians checking car seats and educating parents and caregivers of the importance of a proper car seat.

The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration has found that 46% of car seats are misused or an inappropriate size.

Children 8-12 are especially at risk as many parents skip the booster seat step when moving on from a car seat.

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