Highway Safety Committee Meets in Richmond
New traffic laws, officer safety programs hot topics
The committee, co-chaired by New Kent County Sheriff Wakie Howard and Warsaw Police Chief Chris Spare, reviewed a variety of traffic safety and enforcement issues of concern for Virginia law enforcement agencies at its April 3rd meeting in Richmond. Topics discussed were:
Traffic Fines Diversion Issue
Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Program
Officer Buckle Up Campaign and Seat Belt Policies
Officer Safety Program and Officer Involved Crashes
2012 General Assembly Legislative Update
Campus Police/Security Agencies-New Program Opportunities/Mutual Aid Agreements
Virginia Medical Alert Program
Virginia Strategic Highway Safety Plan
Smart, Safe & Sober Calendar
TREDS Data Sharing
Click here to read the committee report
2011 Va. Law Enforcement Challenge Deadline EXTENDED!!!
Rest easy, Challenge participants! We have extended the entry deadline for the 2011 Law Enforcement Challenge to FRIDAY, APRIL 27!!!!
This is it though... I need your entries by that date; not postmarked by that date. The state judging begins the next week and the entries go to Alexandria for the National Challenge judging on Friday, May 4.
If you have any questions as you are finishing up your entry, please don't hesitate to contact me, Erin Schrad, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-512-5162 (mobile).
Related Traffic Safety Awards Programs
Even if your agency is unable to enter the Law Enforcement Challenge, there are several other traffic safety awards programs that you may be eligible for:
2012 Virginia General Assembly Report
VACP Executive Director Dana Schrad has assembled a pre-veto session report of legislation passed, carried over for study, and failed during the 2012 Session of the Virginia General Assembly.
Bills listed in each subject category passed the General Assembly. In some cases, the Governor has signed the bill into law. Those bills that have not been signed by the Governor are still considered passed legislation UNLESS they are vetoed by the Governor sometime between now and the reconvened session. The Governor also may offer amendments to be accepted or rejected by the legislature on April 18. Following the list of passed legislation are lists of bills that failed or were carried over for consideration in the 2013 legislative session. In many cases there are duplicate House and Senate bills.
Click here to read the legislative report
May 2012 Click It or Ticket Fast Approaching!
Mobilization Dates: May 21 – June 3
1. If you are currently holding a grant with the Highway Safety Office, then you ARE required to participate in Click It or Ticket this May.
2. While nighttime enforcement is still very important, because that’s when the majority of fatalities are happening with our 18-34 year old men, we are NOT requiring any percentage to be dedicated to nighttime enforcement. However, we strongly urge you to consider it.
3. We are still making all of the paper forms available to you; however, ALL of the data (pre-survey, post-survey, summons data, and media) will need to be reported through TREDS this May. The paper forms are being posted online. All but the summons form are now available.
4. Start ordering your Click It or Ticket materials so that you’ll have them ready when we begin! Click here to order
5. Take pictures of your activities! Pictures of both your education and enforcement events can be used by you in your Law Enforcement Challenge entries and can also appear in this newsletter or in the Smart, Safe & Sober Calendar... so document, document, DOCUMENT!!! Send the photos to Erin Schrad at email@example.com.
Pre-Surveys Due: May 11 (report through TREDS)
Begin Earned Media: May 13 (runs until June 4)
Enforcement Mobilization: May 21-June 3
Post Surveys Due: June 8 (report through TREDS)
Summons and Media Data Due: June 15 (report through TREDS)
If you have any questions or need any assistance as you prepare to participte, contact Mary Ann Rayment or your local DMV Highway Safety Program Manager.
St. Patrick's Day Impaired Driving Enforcement Snapshots
The Albemarle County Police Department joined forces with the County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police, and U.Va. Police to conduct three sobriety checkpoints on St. Patrick's Day. Sixty officers screened 1,576 vehicles and issued a total of 109 summonses and arrests.
This was the first time in the history of the Albemarle County Police Department that multiple sobriety checkpoints were used to combat drinking and driving.
The Henrico County Police also had a successful St. Patrick's Day enforcement effort with officers checking more than 1,100 vehicles and issuing more than 120 summonses and arrests.
Read more and see the photos!
Want to see YOUR agency's efforts showcased in this newsletter?
Send your news releases, articles, photos, etc to Erin Schrad at firstname.lastname@example.org. Newsletters are published at the end of each DMV grant quarter. The next newsletter is due out at the end of June, so submit your Click It or Ticket activity reports!