Crash responder safety week

Traffic Update

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) would like to remind you that it is Crash Responder Safety Week.

Remember to slow down or move over for flashing red, blue & amber lights, it’s the law!

You play a role in providing first responders, law enforcement, VDOT crews & tow truck drivers need a safe area to work.

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Tropical storm Ophelia update

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

Virginia State Police encourages Virginians to plan ahead as Tropical Storm Ophelia makes her way inland.

If you must travel during the storm, please slow down, this will give you more time to safely react to the wet conditions.

Never drive through standing water and do not tail gate.

Be sure to buckle up and stay off your phones.

Lastly, make sure you have plenty of gas and that your vehicle is running properly.

For the latest on road closures, please call 511 on your cell phone.

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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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