Welcome Dr. Lori Rice to the Highway Safety Office!
Lori G. Rice, Ph.D. has been named the Deputy Director of Programs for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Safety Office.
In 2006, Virginia Commonwealth University named Dr. Rice to lead the university’s multi-disciplinary crash investigation team. She had served as team leader and psychologist at the VCU Transportation Safety Training Center. The Transportation Safety Training Center was formed in 1971 as a joint venture between the Virginia Highway Safety Division and VCU’s School of Community and Public Affairs. Today, the training center is a division of VCU's Center for Public Policy in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
Rice has been a psychological consultant in the Richmond area for the past 20 years. She worked part time as a psychologist with the Transportation Safety Training Center and has co-authored more than two dozen publications and papers focusing on a variety of traffic safety topics.
Rice received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Virginia Tech in 1977. She received a master’s degree in general and experimental psychology at VCU in 1979 and a Ph.D. in general and experimental psychology at VCU in 1981.
Lori G. Rice, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Programs
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Highway Safety Office
2300 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220-0999
Office: (804) 367-1143
Fax: (804) 367-6031
A Fond Farewell to the "Seatbelt Queen"
After nearly nineteen years with the Virginia Highway Safety Office, Mary Ann Rayment leaves us to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for highway safety with the rest of the country. On December 3rd, she became a Traffic Safety Specialist-Instructor with the Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) in Oklahoma City, the training arm of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Mary Ann has been assigned to Occupant Protection Management (surprise, surprise!) as well as Data Analysis and Evaluation, Highway Safety Program Management, and Pedestrian Program Management. She will be updating and writing curriculum as well as coordinating and instruction of traffic safety classes throughout the United States.
In a message she sent out earlier this month, Mary Ann wrote:
I want you all to know that I love you all, and have appreciated all that you have done for me over these nearly 19 years. When I first came to the Highway Safety Office, I had just left “screaming media” so there was a lot to learn. I have learned so much from each of you.
As I begin this new chapter in my life, I want you all to keep doing what you do every day-prevent traffic related injuries and fatalities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Your impact may never be individually known, but know in your hearts that you have saved lives and that there are many children, teens and adults that are still around the family dinner table as a result of your caring, passion and commitment.
Again, thank you all for being so incredible! I will miss working with you every day and mostly will miss YOU!
If you need anything in her absence, please contact Dr. Lori Rice, (804) 367-1143 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need any assistance with Click It or Ticket, please e-mail email@example.com. If you need any assistance with TREDS, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if you'd simply like to stay in touch with Mary Ann, her new contact information is below:
Mary Ann Rayment, Traffic Safety Specialist-Instructor
TSI, Traffic Safety Division
6500 S. MacArthur Blvd.
BMB, Room 144, RTI-70
Oklahoma City, OK 73169
DMV Begins Issuing Temporary 5% Overload Permits
The Department of Motor Vehicles would like law enforcement to be aware that they are now issuing Temporary 5% Overload Permits to customers who purchase the permits online.
Purchasing Overload Permits online is a new service that DMV began offering November 27, 2012. The temporary permits are printed from customers’ printers and are good for 15 days. Customers should receive their permanent permits in the mail within 15 days of conducting the online transaction.
Below is a sample of the new Temporary 5% Overload Permit.
In 2007, the number of people who died on Virginia roads surpassed 1,000 for the first time in nearly two decades. That grim toll marked a turning point. Traffic fatalities statewide have exceeded 800 only one year since.
Safety advocates point to a multitude of changes and trends in explaining the drop. Among them: stricter licensing for young drivers, anti-DUI laws, educational and law enforcement campaigns, increased seat belt use, safer roads and better vehicles.
"It is encouraging," said Stephen Read, a highway safety engineer with the Virginia Department of Transportation. "We're seeing some great strides, but we know we need to focus our resources."
Deciding where and how to direct those resources is one of the purposes behind Virginia's Strategic Highway Safety Plan, a federally mandated document that state officials created in 2006 with input from local, federal and private stakeholders. Officials recently updated the plan for the first time after reviewing traffic data from the intervening years.
The Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Subcommittee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Highway Safety Committee has produced a new 18-minute training video entitled Manage to Survive: Traffic Incident Management for First Responders.
Over 24 years, more than 278 law enforcement officers were struck and killed by vehicles. That averages out to one officer killed each month. Five firefighters were killed in "struck by" incidents in 2010 and an average of 23 highway workers were struck and killed by vehicles each month in 2010. In total, an average of one towing professional is killed every 6 days.
To some degree, traffic incidents are inevitable. But they're definitely something that we need to manage better for the benefit of everyone involved – for commerce, for convenience, and most of all, for safety. Traffic Incident Management (TIM) is one way we can all pull together in the same direction on an incident scene. The National Unified Goal (NUG) provides the framework for Incident Management for Responders:
Safe, Quick Clearance; and,
Prompt, Reliable Interoperable Communications.
This training video provides the basic tools to understand TIM, work together on-scene, and ultimately work together to clear the scene quickly and safely. The aim of TIM is to reduce incident duration significantly, reduce secondary collisions, and improve safety for all motorists who may be driving near incidents.
WATCH THE VIDEO