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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.
Schools, students, and law enforcement from around Virginia will be honored today in Harrisonburg for the annual Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety.
The banquet will honor those who demonstrated exemplary efforts to encourage safe driving and passenger safety among teenagers.
15 categories will be awarded, with most of those going to student and school based groups.
A Lifetime Achievement Award and the Shining Star Award will also be awarded to community members.
YOVASO is a program of the Virginia State Police and funded by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
National Teen Driver Safety week is starting today October 18th. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
is teaming up with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office to help empower parents to discuss the importance of driving safety with their
young drivers. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of deaths for teens between 15 -18 years old.
The NHTSA offers parents tips and a framework for having discussions with their teen drivers about risky driving behaviors that can lead
to fatal consequences.
For more information visit www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/teen-driving.
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