Make safe driving part of your holiday plans

Virginia State Police is encouraging Virginians to make safe driving part of their holiday plans.

Please drive safely in the coming days so that everyone can reach their holiday destinations.

Preliminary data shows that as of December 20th, Virginia has had 76 fewer traffic deaths this year compared to that date in 2022.

Virginia has lost 813 people so far this year in roadway accidents.

If you are planning to attend a party this year, plan ahead.

Designate a sober driver or call a friend or family, call a cab, or use public transportation.

If you know someone who has been drinking, do not let them drive.

Arrange another safe way home.

Remain alert for impaired drivers and do not hesitate to notify law enforcement by dialing #77 to notify your nearest Virginia State Police Emergency Communications Center.

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VDOT and other authorities advise caution for travel all day 1/17

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In an email from Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) the authority thanks Virginians for heeding the message and staying off the roads.

After about 5 to 8 inches of snow then frozen precipitation fell we now have a glaze of ice on top of the snow in the Shenandoah Valley.

The snow coupled with a wind advisory until 8 p.m. tonight Jan. 17 any unfrozen snow will blow back over already plowed roads.

With that, caution is still advised if you have to travel wait as late in the day as you can.

Know before you go with up to the minute road information is always available at 511virginia.org.

VDOT’s snow emergency page is available at VDOT’s website under the travel center portion of the website for pertinent information for Clarke, Frederick, Page and other Counties in the Stauton District.

VDOT has approximately 900 pieces of equipment working 24/7 to treat the roads please give them room to work.

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VA. declares a state of emergency and Page County Schools dismiss early 9/1

Ahead of tropical depression Ida Gov. Northam has declared a state of emergency for the state of Virginia.

Heavy rains and flash flooding is expected with a slight risk of tornadoes across the Commonwealth through tonight.

Virginians are being asked to stay alert and be vigilant and remain prepared by keeping devices powered to keep up with important information.

Lord Fairfax Community College have already closed all campuses today Sept. 1.

Page County Public Schools will dismiss at noon today with all after school activities cancelled today Sept. 1.

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Virginians 16 and over are eligible for vaccinations

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All Virginians age 16 and over are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Appointments are still required for vaccinations.

Visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-829-4682 to make an appointment to get vaccinated.

There is also a direct link to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site to find appointments on a searchable map at vaccinefinder.org.

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