Click It or Ticket Mini-Mobilization – November 21-27
Texting While Driving Enforcement Curriculum
At the 2014 Distracted Driving Summit, VACP Executive Director Dana Schrad, Richmond Police Lt. Bob Marland, and New Kent County Sheriff Lt. Lee Bailey presented on the new training curriculum for law enforcement personnel on the texting while driving statute (Code of Virginia §46.2-1078.1). As promised a copy of the presentation has been posted on the Smart, Safe & Sober web site on the Resources page for your reference.
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MADD, NHTSA to Host 'No-Refusal' Workshop
Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is hosting a No-Refusal Workshop in Baltimore, Maryland on November 18 and 19.
For the purposes of an effective workshop we are actively seeking participants from the judiciary, prosecutorial, and law enforcement professions. Successful applicants attending will have all travel and expenses paid.
No-Refusal initiatives are a criminal justice strategy that allows jurisdictions to quickly obtain search warrants to take blood samples from suspected impaired drivers who refuse to take a chemical test when arrested for drunk or impaired driving.
This particular workshop is structured for attendees from NHTSA Regions 1, 2, 3, and 4 including the States and jurisdictions of Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.
For more information and an application to participate, please click HERE.
GHSA Chairman will also focus on distracted driving, pedestrian safety and teen drivers
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Kendell Poole, Director of the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office, was re-elected for a third term as chairman of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), at the association's Annual Meeting, held in September in Grand Rapids, Michigan. GHSA is the national nonprofit organization that represents the state and territorial state highway safety offices across the country.
Under Poole's leadership, GHSA will continue to focus on assisting state implementation of highway safety programs authorized under MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century), the federal highway bill which provides needed resources to states to keep America's roads safe, and work with Congress to advocate for a long-term reauthorization of this critical legislation. In addition, GHSA will continue to provide national leadership on key highway safety issues, including drunk and drug-impaired driving, occupant protection, distracted driving and pedestrian safety.
Chairman Poole noted GHSA remains committed to addressing the "Big 3" highway safety issues: impaired driving, occupant protection and speeding. "States are working diligently to continue the gains in these areas by leveraging proven countermeasures such as the national Click It or Ticket seat belt mobilization and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over drunk driving crackdowns," said Poole. ...
IACP HIGHWAY SAFETY INITIATIVE
Highway-related fatalities are annually ranked as one of the top causes of death in the United States. In 2013, approximately 33,000 lives were lost on U.S. highways due to traffic-related crashes and highway fatalities. Many of these crashes were caused by highly visible driver-related factors, including speeding, distracted driving, and impairments (such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs). The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), led by the Division of State and Provincial Police (S&P), the Division of State Associations of Chiefs of Police (SACOP), and the IACP Highway Safety Committee, recognizes that law enforcement leaders have an obligation to work together to reduce these fatalities.
In partnership with U.S. federal, state, and local law enforcement and private entities, the IACP is leading a multi-year highway safety initiative known as the Drive to Save Lives/Drive to Zero Campaign. The goal of this campaign is simple: make a major reduction in highway fatalities. For 2014 specifically, the goal of the campaign is to reduce fatalities by 15 percent, which equates to saving more than 4,900 lives. To achieve this goal, the IACP and its partners will focus on:
New Child Safety Seat Coordinator for Safe Kids Virginia
Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU has hired a new part-time Child Safety Seat Coordinator for the Safe Kids Virginia program — Julie Brogan.
Julie has an Occupational Therapy background and has worked both inpatient and outpatient with adult and pediatric populations. She will be serving the patients and families of Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU and the Richmond region.
Julie has already survived her CPS Certification Course and is looking forward to attending the Special Needs Training. Please feel free to contact Julie to welcome her to the child passenger safety world!
Julie Brogan, OT/L
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