Two killed in Clarke County motorcycle crash

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Two people from Pennsylvania were killed Friday afternoon in a crash involving their motorcycle in Clarke County.

William R. Winemiller, 69, of York, Pennsylvania, was riding his 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Route 7 with a passenger, 67-year-old Jane L. Winemiller.  As they approached the intersection with Main Street near Berryville at about 2:30, the motorcycle collided with a 2018 Honda Civic that was stopped for the red light, Virginia State Police Sgt. Brent Coffey said in a news release.

Both Winemillers were transported to Winchester Medical Center, where they died of their injuries. State police said they were wearing helmets. The driver of the Civic was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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VSP begins traffic safety initiative

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The Virginia State Police are beginning their traffic enforcement and safety initiative “Operation DISS-rupt” along the 325 miles of Interstate 81 through Virginia on Thursday and Friday.

The VSP will focus on:

  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving,
  • Speed compliance
  • Seat belt safety.

A similar effort was put into place on February 12th and 13th and led to 343 speeding citations.

Lt. Col. Matt Hanley, director of VSP Bureau of Field Operations said, “This spring we have continued to see dangerous driving behaviors on Virginia’s highways, and our goal is to “diss-rupt” them. We’re working to get Virginia back to the basics of traffic safety, which includes getting motorists to slow down, share the road and drive distraction free.”

So far this year, 225 Virginians have died on roadways.

The operation’s goal is to achieve zero fatal crashes during the enforcement period and reduce the total number of crashes on interstates in the calendar year by 10%.

Some driving behaviors highlighted in the announcement include:

  • ditching distractions by using hands free devices
  • utilizing proper seat belt safety
  • complying with speed limits
  • never driving while impaired

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FCSO officer named guest speaker at Distracted Driving Summit

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The 10th Annual Distracted Driving Summit by Drive Smart Virginia is getting ready for their event in Blacksburg this September and recently announced one of their guest speakers.

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Warren Gosnell was added to the list of special guests to speak at the event.

Lt. Gosnell was chosen thanks to his 26 years of experience in law enforcement with an emphasis on traffic safety and enforcement.

The summit will focus on how Virginia can reverse the trend of an increase in distracted driving cases around the state since 2020.

While the event is aimed towards police officers and first responders, it is open to any community member who would like to attend.

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VA schools, students, and police honored for Traffic Safety

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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.

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