News and updates about "Click It or Ticket", upcoming mobilizations and training opportunities, law enforcement agency initiatives, and more!
Smart, Safe & Sober Newsletter - Summer 2011

Bedford Police Department

Click It or Ticket 2011

Another Successful 'Click It or Ticket' Is On the Books!

by Mary Ann Rayment, Statewide Occupant Protection Coordinator

2011's 'Click It or Ticket' May Mobilization was another success...thanks to all of YOU! While we are still waiting on the "official" seat belt usage rate, the efforts that were shown across Virginia were outstanding!

Ready for some numbers? Well, here you go:

  • More than 500,000 regular hours were worked (Are you tired??)
  • More than 21,000 overtime hours were dedicated to increasing seat belt usage
  • More than 200 law enforcement agencies participated
  • 6,407 seat belt citations were written
  • 1,452 child restraints violations were issued
  • 36,711 speeding summonses were given out
  • 7,469 reckless drivers were cited
  • 1,388 DUI drivers were taken off the road
  • 314 juveniles were cited for underage drinking violations
  • 17 juveniles were arrested under "Zero Tolerance"
  • 317 open containers were "recognized"
  • 1,289 drug arrests were made

For those who say, "Why aren't you out there getting criminals off the street?" — well, you ARE! In addition to the above:

  • 1,893 felony arrests were made
  • 483 fugitives were apprehended
  • 130 weapons were seized
  • 100 stolen vehicles were recovered

All of these and more came to a grand total of 118,272 arrests, citations etc. all within the 14-day enforcement period of 'Click It or Ticket'!! To say that you all did a good job would be an understatement!

On top of all the enforcement work, you also did a terrific job with the media and community outreach. More than 8,000 individual media stories, proclamations, public service announcements, press conferences and more were all over Virginia in addition to the paid media buy that the Virginia Highway Safety Office placed to support your efforts.

While we wait for the "super, scientific official report" from ODU and Dr. Bryan Porter, I feel confident that with the results you produced, there is no way we will not increase our use rate here in Virginia!

Thank you all so very much for everything you do. And even though the May 'Click It or Ticket' is over, please don't end your efforts! Your continued passion to keep our citizens safe will continue to save lives.

Be careful, and remember: buckle up YOU!

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NHTSA Law Enforcement Summit a "Hit"!

More than 300 law enforcement professionals came together June 21-23 in Louisville, Kentucky, for the NHTSA Regions 3 and 5 Law Enforcement Summit. The three-day educational program, held in the home of the Louisville Slugger, was based on a baseball theme to encourage law enforcement to get into the game of traffic enforcement. The only interruption came on the evening of June 22, when tornadoes swept through the Louisville area, causing flight delays and some damage at Churchill Downs.

Luckily, there was no delay of game in the conference itself, which provided a great opportunity to network with traffic safety experts from 12 states and the District of Columbia. The Commonwealth of Virginia was well-represented by officers from local police departments and sheriff’s offices, and by several members of the statewide Smart, Safe and Sober team.

One of the conference highlights was the presentation of the Bi-Regional Law Enforcement Awards. Dr. Elizabeth Baker, Region 3 Administrator, presented an award to the Virginia delegation for Sergeant Lee Bailey, New Kent County Sheriff’s Office, for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of traffic enforcement in Virginia.

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Farewell, Frank!

Virginia Highway Safety Office LEL Frank Kowaleski retires after more than 40 years in public safety

Law Enforcement Liaison Frank Kowaleski may have left the Virginia Highway Safety Office this spring to spend more time with his family, but he’s staying active in highway safety. Frank says he plans to do some teaching at the academies, and conduct traffic safety training for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on a part-time basis.

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DRIVE SMART® Welcomes New Staffers

Smart, Safe & Sober Partner DRIVE SMART® Virginia welcomed two new employees this spring — Gail Merridew and Rob Richardson.

Gail Merridew joined DSV as their Grants and Operations Coordinator in May 2011, coming from previous careers in banking and non-profit management.

Rob Richardson joined DSV as their Public Relations and Outreach Manager in June 2011 following 15 years in broadcast journalism, most recently at NBC12 in Richmond.

Learn more about the new team members!

Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge

2010 Law Enforcement Challenge Awards Announced

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Va. Law Enforcement Challenge Awards for the best traffic safety programs in the state. The awards luncheon will take place during the VACP’s Annual Conference to be held September 25-28 in Norfolk.

The Challenge program promotes professionalism in traffic safety enforcement and encourages agencies to share best practices and programs with each other. The awards are based on entries prepared by the participating agencies that highlight their traffic safety education and enforcement activities in the past calendar year. Judges award points to the agencies in six areas: policies and guidelines, training of officers, incentives and recognition, public information and education, enforcement, and effectiveness.

Fifty-one Virginia agencies participated this year — 39 will receive state awards and 11 will receive national awards, including the VACP. The Virginia Beach PD has been named as the National LEC Clayton J. Hall Memorial Award Winner for having the most comprehensive traffic safety program in the country! Congratulations to all the winners!

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National Impaired Driving Crackdown Planner

The dates of the Labor Day Weekend Crackdown are August 19 - September 5, 2011 ... planners are available online now, so be sure and get your materials with the new "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" messaging. ("Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest." is no more!)

New Checkpoint Strikeforce marketing materials and logos are coming down the pike as well to make use of the new "Drive Sober..." tagline and commemorate the 10th anniversary of CPSF. We'll post them on as soon as they are available.

Register Today! — 2011 Regional Smart, Safe & Sober Workshops

Aug. 9: Bristol Region Grantees (Abingdon)

Aug. 10: Roanoke Region Grantees (Roanoke)

Aug. 11: Staunton Region Grantees (Staunton)

Aug. 12: Richmond Region Grantees (Richmond)

Aug. 23: Fairfax Region Grantees (Fredericksburg)

Aug. 25: Portsmouth Region Grantees (Suffolk)

The workshops will begin at 10 am and will re-cap programs from the past year as well as prepare grantees for the upcoming year. Following the morning session will be an awards luncheon where the “Click It or Ticket” Awards for that region will be presented. The day will close with the distribution of the FY 11-12 highway safety grants.

Register online now!

Upcoming Trainings & Conferences

"Train the Trainer" Course on How to Use Report Beam (FR300P to TREDS)
7/12 • Ashburn
7/14 • Richmond
7/15 • Newport News

Fundamentals of Crash Investigation and Reconstruction
7/18 – 7/29 • Draper

DUID Training, presented by the Commonwealth's Attorneys' Services Council (CASC) (FREE!)
7/29 • Charlottesville

This training is focused on the difficult cases involving impairment due to the use of illegal and/or prescription drugs.

Motorcycle Crash Investigation and Reconstruction
8/22 – 8/26 • Lynchburg

Advanced DUI Training for Investigators and Prosecutors (FREE!)
8/24 – 8/26 • Blacksburg

Border to Border Labor Day Enforcement Initiative
9/1 • Virginia

Bicyclist & Pedestrian Awareness Week
9/11 – 9/17 • Virginia

2011 VA Sheriffs' Association Conference
9/11 – 9/13 • Norfolk

Child Passenger Safety Week
9/18 – 9/24

National Seat Check Saturday is 9/24!

2011 VACP Annual Conference
9/25 – 9/28 • Norfolk

Registration is now open for delegates!

Drive Safely Work Week
10/3 – 10/7

International Walk to School Day is 10/6.

Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day

National School Bus Safety Week
10/17 – 10/21

2011 IACP Annual Conference
10/22 – 10/26 • Chicago

VACP Partners with Docview to Provide Agencies FREE Resource

The Va. Assn. of Chiefs of Police now has an exclusive partnership with Docview LLC, a service that provides agencies with a no-cost, online solution for distributing their crash reports to private citizens, insurance companies and legal firms as well as other LE agencies and governmental entities.

Docview can help reduce the administrative burden on your Records Staff, lower operational costs, and provide a FREE resource for your detectives to assist in their investigations while still allowing your agency to maintain 100% of your report sales revenue.

For more information about Docview and an overview of the benefits of utilizing their service, please visit the VACP’s web page on Docview!

New Virginia Laws Effective July 1

Here are some resources to help you understand all the new laws that went on the books July 1 (or earlier) as a result of the 2011 Legislative Session of the Virginia General Assembly:

ARTICLE: New laws in Virginia take effect July 1 (The Roanoke Times)

PDF: Selected Acts of the 2011 General Assembly – Code of Virginia/Law Updates

PDF: Selected Acts of the 2011 General Assembly – Sex Offender Registry Law Updates

VIDEO: Virginia State Police Review of the 2011 Selected Acts (Runtime: 66 min.)

PDF: DMV Legislative Bulletin

PDF: Brief Summary of Legislation Passed by the 2011 Regular Session of the General Assembly (from Div. of Legislative Services)

ARTICLE: VACP Final Report of the 2011 Virginia General Assembly

Governor's 2011 Transportation Safety Awards Presented

Winners of the 2011 Governor's Transportation Safety Awards were honored during a ceremony at the Capitol on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Several individuals and organizations were recognized this year by the Board of Transportation Safety and Mr. Stephen Oesch, former Senior Vice President at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, was recognized with the Lifetime Achivement Award.

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Saved by the Belt Award

On December 21, 2010, the Bedford Police Department and the Virginia Highway Safety Office presented Mr. Hobart Markham and Shirley English with Saved by the Belt Awards for being saved from serious injury or death because they were buckled up when involved in a crash.

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License Plate Reading Program Earns Waynesboro National Recognition

License Plate Reading Program Earns Waynesboro PD National Recognition

The Waynesboro Police Department has been recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police for its use of a complex multi-unit license-plate reader technology program.

Waynesboro Police Sgt. Kelly Walker says most agencies only rely on plate information provided to them by the state, whereas Waynesboro imports and saves data locally. It was that practice that earned Waynesboro the IACP award.

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