News and updates from Smart, Safe & Sober about upcoming mobilizations, training opportunities, law enforcement agency initiatives, and more!
SS&S Newsletter Sept_Oct 2015

State Seat Belt Usage Rate Increases to 80.9%!

November 2015 Click It or Ticket Mobilization Enforcement Stats Up from 2014

Happy 2016! Before we move totally into the New Year, let’s celebrate the incredible effort you made during the 2015 November Click It or Ticket Mini-Mobilization! Your extra work definitely made a difference.
Total citations were up by 3,723 when comparing the November 2014 Click It or Ticket mini-mobilization to November 2015’s campaign: 46,690 vs 42,967. Seat belt citations were up by 200, and child restraint citations increased by almost 100. Everyone who participated in the 2015 November Click It or Ticket campaign should be proud of these excellent results. Your enforcement efforts translate into many lives saved.
And while you’re thinking about what an incredible job your officers did during Click It, consider nominating one of them for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) new awards program called 40 Under 40. It’s designed to recognize 40 officers around the world, younger than 40, who demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment. Please visit the IACP website and nominate one of your own for this prestigious award.
Thanks again for making a huge extra effort during the November and May Click It or Ticket mobilizations in 2015. Please remember to always make seat belt and child safety seat violations a priority all throughout the year. Keep saving lives!


2016 Law Enforcement Challenge Applications Due May 2!

Review the Application and How-To Guide today and start collecting your 2015 data to earn recognition for your agency's efforts!  In 2015, Virginia had the most national winners of any state!

The Law Enforcement Challenge (LEC) is a traffic safety recognition program that recognizes agencies that excel in keeping their roadways safe. The LEC is designed to strengthen and support traffic safety and provides agencies an opportunity to make a difference in the communities they serve, learn from each other, and establish future goals in traffic education and enforcement.

The LEC has four categories in which agencies can be awarded points: 

  • Impaired Driving
  • Occupant Protection
  • Speed Awareness
  • State/Local Issue 

For the State/Local Issue, applying agencies can choose a traffic safety issue that is an identified problem within their community or supports their state’s overal highway safety goals. 

The application involves answering qualitative and quantitative questions about your agency’s efforts for each category, including a narrative summary, statistical questions, and attachments for initiatives and policies. Agencies are awarded points in each category based on seven criteria: Problem Identification, Policies, Planning, Training, Public Information & Education, Enforcement, and Outcomes.

Entries submitted to the Virginia Challenge are automatically entered into the National Challenge competition.


2015 Virginia LEC Winners | 2015 National LEC Winners

Congratulations to the 11 Virginia agencies who won 2015 National Law Enforcement Challenge Awards and to Roanoke County Police Sgt. Tim Wyatt, recipient of the 2015 J. Stannard Baker Award for Lifetime Contribution to Highway Safety!


DMV Schedules Transportation Safety Grant Workshops

Applicants Must Attend One Session to Apply for Grant

RICHMOND - The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ Highway Safety Office (VAHSO) has scheduled regional workshops to assist nonprofits, state agencies and law enforcement agencies with the 2017 transportation safety grant application submission process.

Beginning February 1, 2016, VAHSO will accept applications for grants to support programs throughout Virginia that strive to reduce traffic deaths and injuries. The deadline for transportation safety grant submissions is February 29, 2016.

Interested applicants are REQUIRED to attend a workshop and then apply online at Workshops will be held regionally from January 19-29, 2016.

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Welcome new LEL Michael Timm!

Mike joined the Virginia Highway Safety Office in July as the new Law Enforcement Liaison for the Fairfax and Staunton DMV Districts. He comes to the position after nearly 23 years with the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office, which he retired from in 2012 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

As Law Enforcement Liaison, Mike will be interacting with law enforcement agencies who receive Highway Safety Grants to promote traffic safety initiatives and to promote the agencies' efforts and enforcement activities.

Mike can be reached by email at Michael.Timm@

Farewell, Monty!

DMV Bristol District Program Manager Monty Mills has retired... again!

Monty came to the Virginia Highway Safety Office in 2004 after retiring from a 20-year career in law enforcement serving the city of Wytheville and then the Town of Chilhowie where he was the police chief.

We'll miss you, Monty! Thank you for all your dedication to highway safety.

Super Bowl 50 Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign

February 7
National Campaign Materials

St. Patrick's Day Drunk Driving Prevention & Enforcement Campaign

March 17

Campaign Materials


National Distracted Driving Awareness

April 2016

National Campaign Materials

irginia Campaign Materials


Upcoming Trainings, Campaigns & Important Dates

Advanced DUI Training for Prosecutors & Law Enforcement
Feb 16-19 • Williamsburg

Virginia Assn. of Chiefs of Police Mid-Year Conference
Feb 22-23 • Henrico Co.

DUID Trainings
Mar 24 • Front Royal
Apr 13 • Newport News
May 12 • Wytheville
Jun 30 • Fredericksburg 
Jul 28 • Farmville 
Sept 14 • Richmond

Crashing in the Courtroom
Mar 10 • Weyers Cave
May 25 • James City County
Jul 7 • Dublin
Aug 9 • Ashburn

Law Enforcement Challenge Entries DUE!
May 2 by 11:59pm

Investigation and Prosecution of Drug Cases ("TOP GUN")
May 15-20 • Williamsburg, VA


Colonel Flaherty Kicks Off 'Steer Safely Into the New Year!'

"Drive Responsibly Campaign for Teens" at Cosby High School in Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD CO., Va. — Colonel W. Steven Flaherty joined students at Cosby High School in Chesterfield County Tuesday morning to officially kick off a statewide campaign to encourage teens to “Steer into the New Year” by celebrating responsibly, driving safely, and buckling up throughout the holiday season. In an effort to challenge all students statewide to arrive safely back at school after the holidays, Colonel Flaherty along with the Cosby High Youth of Virginia Speak Out (YOVASO) Chapter were the first to sign the “Steer into the New Year, Drive Responsibly” pledge banner.

The Holiday Safe Driving Campaign, “Steer into the New Year,” is designed to help teenagers make it safely to 2016 by driving responsibly, buckling up, avoiding alcohol and drug use, and limiting distractions. It is sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out (YOVASO), the Virginia State Police, and the DMV, Virginia’s Highway Safety Office. Read more

If Unthinkable Happens, New Child Safety Seat Sticker Could Save a Life

Pertinent Contact, Medical Information Available for 1st Responders

RICHMOND – Imagine this scenario: there’s a serious car crash involving a family; an infant in a child safety seat has a specific medical condition and needs care, but the other people in the car are unable to communicate. 

Virginia’s new Child Safety Seat Emergency Identification Sticker is a tool to aid fire, rescue and law enforcement officers in this situation so they can learn important personal and medical information about a child. Also, if the other vehicle occupants in this scenario need medical care and the infant does not, the sticker lists an emergency contact person for the child.

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Shaquille O'Neal Joins and GHSA to Unveil Law Enforcement Training Initiative

Funding announced for states to train officers to detect drug-impaired drivers

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Shaquille O'Neal today joined the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility ( and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) to unveil GHSA's new law enforcement initiative to provide states funding to significantly increase the number of officers trained to detect drug-impaired drivers. The event was held at Rayburn House Office Building and was attended by members of Congress and Congressional staff.

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Breath Alcohol Training

BA-TrainingThe Department of Forensic Science provides training to law enforcement personnel enforcing Commonwealth of Virginia Driving Under the Influence statutes (e.g., § 18.2-266 and § 18.2-266.1).  Training is limited to personnel authorized by law enforcement agencies as outlined in the Virginia Register of Regulations.  The initial training is approximately 3 days in length.

Training Schedule

Retraining courses are required every two years to maintain licensure.  The Breath Alcohol Section will notify the law enforcement agency approximately eight weeks prior to the class. Courses are offered at varying locations across the Commonwealth and are 4 hours in length.

Please contact the Breath Alcohol Section if additional assistance is required. Phone: 804.786.6971


DUID Training for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors

The Commonwealth's Attorneys' Services Council (CASC) will be conducting six DUID Training Programs across the Commonwealth in 2016. This training, for prosecutors and LEO’s, focuses on the difficult cases involving driver impairment due to the use of illegal and/or prescription drugs.

Topics to be covered include: Recognizing the Drugged Driver, Keys to Winning DUID Cases, Blood Testing Issues, and much more. The latest version of the Virginia DUI Manual will be distributed to all participants.

There is NO CHARGE for this single-day training program. Lunch will be provided. MCLE and In-Service Training Credits have been awarded.

The DUID Program will be presented at the following locations in 2016:

For more information, contact Ed Hibbard at or 757-253-4994. 

Advanced DUI Training for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors

The initial 2016 presentation of this extremely popular training will be conducted at the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg on February 16-19, 2016. Topics to be covered at this intensive training include Investigative Stops, Checkpoints, Blood Testing Issues and DUI Manslaughter.  The latest version of the Virginia DUI Manualwill be distributed to participants. Much like our TOP GUN Program, this training program utilizes a team-training format requiring a team consisting of a prosecutor and a law enforcement officer from the same jurisdiction.

There is no charge for this 3 1/2-day long training program. Overnight accommodations beginning Tuesday, February 16th will be provided, as will all breakfasts and lunches. In-Service Training Credits and MCLE credits are pending.

This program will be repeated in August in the western region of Virginia. 

Click here to register for Advanced DUI Williamsburg

For more information, contact Ed Hibbard at or 757-253-4994.

Investigation and Prosecution of Drug Cases ("TOP GUN")

May 15-20, 2016 – Williamsburg, VA

TOP GUN is an intensive, workshop-style, interactive training course on the prosecution of drug cases. Attendance is limited to 20 teams, each of which consists of a prosecutor and a law enforcement investigator from a given jurisdiction. This program covers the latest developments in the law, the criminal practices used, and the latest illegal drug types and their usage.

The training will be held at the Holiday Inn Patriot, 3032 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg VA.

This is a five-day program. There is NO TUITION: housing, single occupancy rooms, and all meals (except dinner on Wednesday) are provided.

Registration for TOP GUN will open in the spring of 2016.

For more information, contact Larry Martin at or 757-253-4612.

Crashing in the Courtroom

New CASC Program in 2016!

CASC will be presenting the inaugural schedule of CRASHING IN THE COURTROOM in 2016.  This is an intensive one-day (8-hour) course taught primarily by Senior Trooper Steven Kean, who teaches the basic and advanced Crash Reconstruction Courses to Virginia law enforcement. Each of those courses is two weeks in length. The content will be compressed and abbreviated into need-to-know information essential for the prosecution of serious motor vehicle crashes in Virginia.

Coverage will include scene evidence, speed determination, vehicle dynamics, Event Data Recorder (EDR) analysis and related matters. The state of current law concerning the admissibility of crash reconstruction evidence in criminal cases will be presented and analyzed.

Virginia CLE approval is pending.  There is NO CHARGE for this one-day program. Lunch will be provided.

Crashing in the Courtroom will be presented at the following locations in 2016:

For more information, contact John Bowers at or 757-746-5653.


New CDC Fact Sheet on Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes in Virginia

Over 30,000 people are killed in motor vehicle crashes each year in the United States. In 2013, crash deaths resulted in $44 billion in medical and work loss costs in addition to the immeasurable burden on the victims’ families and friends.

The state-by-state fact sheets highlight the cost of deaths from motor vehicle crashes and show which age groups and types of road users account for the largest portion of these costs in each state. Within these fact sheets the CDC also makes recommendations of proven strategies that could strengthen each state’s motor vehicle injury prevention efforts, and save both lives and money.

Click here to take a look at the Virginia Fact Sheet

ALL Fact Sheets

Traffic fatalities on VA’s highways since
Jan. 1, 2015

(as of Dec 30):


Highway Fatalities in Virginia Up from 2014

Five Killed in Holiday Traffic Crashes

Preliminary reports put the number of fatalities on Virginia roadways in 2015 at 743 — a significant increase compared to 2014, which officially had 700 traffic-related fatalities.

The Virginia Highway Safety Office will analyze crash reports and other traffic data over the next few months to identify the primary factors behind the increase. In the meantime, whatever can be done to step up education and enforcement efforts can only help turn this number back around in 2016.

CARFAX Partial Plate Searches

CARFAX for Police is continuing it’s growth and enhancement of the investigative resources available for law enforcement personnel. The most recent addition to the CARFAX for Police investigative tools lineup will significantly enhance the investigative process by allowing personnel to recover information using partial plates from any state.

The features include:

  • Web Based Access through the CARFAX for Police Investigative Tools Dashboard
  • Minimum of 3 characters required (first or last three characters plus state of origin)
  • Ability to narrow search parameters by including other known factors such as Year, Make and Model.
  • Receive list of potential VIN’s matching your request to include State, Plate, Year, Make and Model  

Contact Matthew Simpson 610-858-7304 or to get your department access.

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