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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Senator Warner urges action over automobile fatalities

Senator Mark Warner joined Senator Ed Markey and other Senate colleagues to urge Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to take action regarding the rising rates of motor vehicle fatalities.

The United States had the highest increase in traffic accidents since 2020.

Nearly half of fatal crashes are linked to speeding, impaired driving, or failure to wear a seat belt.

34% of fatalities are to pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 42,915 deaths from motor vehicle crashes in 2021.

Those numbers are up 10% since 2020 and 32% since 2011.

To read the letter sent to Secretary Buttigieg, click here.

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U Drive-U Text-U Pay

Warren County Sheriff's Office

Warren County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for

the national U Drive – U text – U pay, high visibility enforcement effort from April 7- 11 2022, law enforcement

officers from across the country will work together to enforce texting and distracted driving laws to make our

roads safer for all users. Warren County Sheriff’s office and the NHTSA urge drivers to put their phones away when

behind the wheel, If you need to text, pull over and do not drive while doing so.

If you are the driver follow these steps for a safe driving experience.

If you are expecting a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your car in a safe location, Once

you are safely off the road and parked, it is safe to text.

Ask your passenger to be “designated texter”. Allow them access to your phone to respond to the calls or messages.

Do not engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving.

Cell phone use is habit forming, Struggling not to text and drive? Activate your phone’s “Do Not Disturb” feature

or put your phone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat of your vehicle until you arrive at your destination.

Texting while driving is dangerous and illegal, Break the Cycle, Remember U-Drive-U Text-U Pay.

For more information , visit www.nhtsa.gov/campaign/distracted-driving.

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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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WCSO strongly enforces speed limit

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office wants the public to know it is strongly enforcing the posted speed limits.

Enforcement will take place in the county as well as surrounding towns.

This is in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Obey The Sign Or Pay The Fine campaign.

The enforcement will be particularly strong where speed related crashes are more prevalent.

This includes John Marshall Highway, Remount Road, Winchester Road and Stonewall Jackson Highway.

This is where most speed related crashes occur the most in the county.

In 2015 over 9,000 lives were lost in speed related fatal crashes nationally.

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