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SS&S Newsletter June 2013

2014 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards Presented

35 Va. agencies participated in the state and national Challenge programs recognizing traffic safety efforts in 2013

Last month at the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in Roanoke, 34 municipal and campus police departments and sheriff's offices were recognized for their highway safety education and enforcement efforts in 2013. These agencies make highway safety a priority in their agency throughout the year in order to reduce injuries and save lives.

Celebrating its twenty-fifth year in Virginia, the Law Enforcement 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 the six areas that comprise a comprehensive traffic safety program: problem identification, policies, planning, training of officers, public information and education, enforcement, and an evaluation of the outcomes of the agency’s efforts.

The Virginia Challenge is held in cooperation with the National Law Enforcement Challenge Awards, which are presented by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). This year, thirty-five Virginia agencies entered the competition, of which eight were selected to receive national awards. The national awards will be presented in October at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

View the list of winners



Governor Debuts Virginia Faces of Drunk Driving Site to Combat DUI in Commonwealth

Leads Remembrance Event to Pay Tribute to State’s Victims of Drunk Driving

Following last year’s increase in drunk driving fatalities – the first rise in six years – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe unveiled a powerful new tool to keep drunk drivers off of the Commonwealth’s roadways: The Virginia Faces of Drunk Driving website. The governor dedicated the Tumblr site to those taken by drunk driving, as well as survivors and led a remembrance of their lives with Virginia’s top law enforcement and highway safety officials.



DRIVE SMART Virginia Recognizes 2014 Traffic Safety Champions

On September 15th, in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Virginia Distracted Driving Summit, DRIVE SMART Virginia held an awards dinner to celebrate their 2014 Traffic Safety Champion Award Winners. Five amazing individuals were recognized this year for having made a significant difference to the safety of our roadways.

The honorees for this year's DRIVE SMART Virginia Traffic Safety Champions Awards are:

  • Dave and Bryan Morrell, Victim Advocates
  • Jennifer Smith,
  • Lloyd "Bud" Vye, Virginia Bicycling Federation
  • Vanessa Wigand, Virginia Department of Education

READ MORE about their accomplishments

PHOTOS of the winners


Buckle up and put the phone down, highway safety officials urge

Advocates range from Hollywood to highway agencies to hospitals

One day about two years ago, actor Charlie Bewley was riding his bike in Hollywood when he was nearly run over by a driver immersed in technology.

“I would have died as she went by me,” he told about 200 safety advocates at the Virginia Distracted Driving Summit.

“I saw she was texting,” the 33-year-old said. “She didn’t even know” how close she’d come to sending him to the land of the dead.

An English actor and producer, Bewley is known for his role as the vampire Demetri in “The Twilight Saga” films.

One of the most dangerous things people can do when they’re driving is to reach for their phones, the Drive Smart Virginia highway safety organization said: Driver distraction contributes in some way to 80 percent of all crashes.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10 percent of all drivers under age 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash, and drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.

“Everything you’re doing is working,” Bewley told the summit audience — industry leaders, scientists, educators and law enforcement officers —at The Westin Richmond in Henrico. “It’s just needs to be accelerated.”

Bewley urged the safety leaders to collaborate with artists and young people to come up with edgy, surprising, original, emotional ways — tapping into pop culture — to convince Millennials and Generation Y, “the epicenter of cool,” that distracted driving is not cool. ...

Continue reading...


NTSB Safety Compass: "Keeping the Focus on Distracted Driving"



The 3rd Annual Virginia Distracted Driving Summit will be held September 17-18 in Virginia Beach on the oceanfront!

National Teen Driver Safety Week

Oct 19 – 25

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Halloween Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign

Oct 31

Campaign Materials


Click It or Ticket Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Campaign

Nov 21 – 27

Virginia-Specific Forms & Campaign Materials


Pre-Holiday Season Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign

Nov 28 – Dec 9

Campaign Materials


Holiday Season 2014 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

Dec 10 – 31

Campaign Materials


Upcoming Trainings, Campaigns & Important Dates

International Walk to School Month
Oct 1-31

National Teen Driver Safety Week
Oct 19-25

National School Bus Safety Week
Oct 20-25

International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference
Oct 25-28 • Orlando, FL

National Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training
Oct 29, Nov 10, Nov 19, Dec 2 or Dec 15 •
Chesterfield County

Halloween Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign
October 31

National Sleep Foundation's Drowsy Driving Prevention Week®
Nov 2-9

National Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training
Nov 12, Dec 3 or Dec 17 •

2014 Governor's Transportation Safety Conference
Nov 12-14

Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket Mini-Mobiization
Nov 21-27

Pre-Holiday Season Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign
Nov 28 - Dec 9

National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month (3D)
Dec 1-31

National Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training
Dec 2 • Henrico County

Holiday Season Drunk Driving Enforcement Campaign
Dec 10-31



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.


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.


"Big Three" Highway Safety Challenges Top State Safety Chief's Agenda

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 drivingoccupant 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. ...




Drive to Save Lives/Drive to Zero Campaign

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
phone: 804-628-1603

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Blue Ridge TSB holds Safety Summit

On Monday, September 22, the Blue Ridge Transportation Safety Board (BRTSB) held a Safety Summit at the Salem Civic Center.

Sgt. Tim Wyatt, Roanoke County Police (pictured above), explained that the BRTSB Crash Investigation Team travels to area high schools with a crashed vehicle and motorcycle to help students visualize the possible consequences of unsafe driving. The crashed vehicle has a variety of Quick Response (QR) Codes attached to it and students use a tablet to scan the QR codes, bringing up related safe driving tips.

Follow along with all of the BRTSB Crash Team's activities on Facebook!


2014 Click It or Ticket Awards

The Click It or Ticket Awards are based on the seat belt rates from the pre- and post-observation surveys reported by participating agencies to the Virginia Highway Safety Office. The award recipients earned either a Most Improved or Highest Use award compared to agencies in Virginia with a similar number of sworn officers.

On Tuesday, September 30 at the VACP's Law Enforcement Agency Symposium in South Boston, Melanie Stokes, Dwight Jenkins and Steve Williams from the Virginia Highway Safety Office presented seventeen agencies with their 2014 Click It or Ticket awards. The remaining winners are being presented with their awards at other functions around the state this fall.

View the full list of winners

CDL Quick Reference Guide

The National Traffic Law Center is excited to announce the newly released CDL Quick Reference Guide. This one page (front and back) document can be accessed HERE. Laminated hard copies are also available on request. Police officers, prosecutors, judges, court staff and other safety professionals will find the CDL guide a great first stop for their CDL questions. It provides basic definitions and information related to commercial driver licensing as it relates to the criminal court system. For those seeking more indepth information, the guide provides links to additional important CDL resources.

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