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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VDOT reports it is ready for inclement weather

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In an email from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) it was announced that they are prepared for winter weather.

VDOT has conducted several dry runs in the summer and early fall and stock piled supplies for removal and melt.

Contractors are already in place to assist with snow removal as well.

The snow expected tonight Dec. 7 and 8 is likely to be left on the grass in the low laying valley areas but could cause slick spots on roadways especially in the upper elevations.

VDOT Chief of Maintenance and Operations Kevin Gregg stated in the email that the crews learned new processes during the pandemic.

Those lessons are learned and will be utilized this season.

When it snows two inches or more VDOT activates their online snow plow tracking map right here.

More winter weather information from VDOT is available here.

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