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

November 2014 Click It or Ticket
Mini-Mobilization Results

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

Hundreds of local law enforcement officers and State Police troopers from across Virginia participated in the 2014 November Click It or Ticket Mini-Mobilization by emphasizing proper seat belt and child safety seat use. Law enforcement officers worked more than 4,500 hours of overtime and issued:

  • 1,403 safety belt citations;
  • 274 child safety seat citations;
  • 13,672 speeding tickets;
  • 3,707 reckless driving citations;
  • 446 DUI arrests; and,
  • 10 underage drinking citations.

In addition, two stolen vehicles were recovered, 30 fugitives were apprehended, 368 drug arrests were made and 17 weapons were seized. For the entire mobilization, 15,347 arrests and/or citations were issued during a one-week period, from Nov. 21 through 27, 2014.

The next national and statewide Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization dates are May 18 through 31, 2015. Virginia’s law enforcement officers will be asked again to emphasize occupant protection during this time period.


2015 Law Enforcement Challenge Webinars

On January 20, IACP & LTI conducted a webinar aimed at helping agencies get a successful start in the 2015 Law Enforcement Challenge. The Challenge is a friendly competition designed to recognize agencies' successful traffic safety programs and share best practices with the ultimate goal of reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities. 

WATCH THIS VIDEO for more about how participating in the Challenge program is a good thing for your agency and your community. 

We hope you'll consider entering the 2015 Challenge to earn recognition for your efforts in 2014. To learn more about how to enter, see the Law Enforcement Challenge program page and be sure to watch the recorded Quick-Start Guide Webinar from January 20. 

Applications are available now and due May 1, 2015!! (Please note that the online submission system from the last 2 years is gone and applications will now need to be submitted via email to IACP AND VACP.)

A second webinar is scheduled for April 9 at 11:30 AM (Eastern Time)... Register HERE.


February 28 is Deadline for Transportation Safety Grants

Submissions Accepted Through DMV Website

RICHMOND - The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ Highway Safety Office (VAHSO) is accepting 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 28, 2015.

The funding period for approved applications is October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. Applicants selected for the program participate on a cost-reimbursement basis.



Governor's Transportation Safety Awards Recognize Crash Redution Efforts

Applications Due March 6, 2015

RICHMOND - The outstanding efforts made by individuals and organizations to change the behaviors of Virginia's motorists leading to crash, injury and fatality reduction may be nominated for the 2015 Virginia Governor's Transportation Safety Awards. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles' Highway Safety Office is accepting nominations through March 6, 2015 for 13 different transportation safety categories.

Entries will be judged on creativity, imagination, uniqueness, the impact on the community, and the use of volunteers and private sector resources. Individuals, organizations, businesses or government agencies are eligible for these awards based on transportation safety activities and programs that took place during 2014.



Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Resources Now Available

Resources are first part of a pilot educational initiative between VACLEA and Virginia Highway Safety Office

Available now on the Smart, Safe & Sober website are resources for community and four year campus law enforcement agencies – as well as municipal agencies that have campus safety responsibilities – to learn more about excessive campus alcohol use prevention efforts. These resources are being provided as part of a project by the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (VACLEA) to develop a pilot alcohol education initiative to prevent underage drinking and impaired driving by college students.

The leadership and partnership of law enforcement on community and campus alcohol prevention coalitions is essential for success, mutual support, and consistent coordination of messaging and strategies.

The project is funded through the Highway Safety Office of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. 




Saved by the Belt Awards presented to New Kent County family

On January 12, VACP Executive Director Dana Schrad and the New Kent County Sheriff's Office presented Saved by the Belt Awards to a local family during the New Kent County Board of Supervisors regular monthly meeting. The Wilson family – Andrew, Sonya, Dokota, Colin & Chole – survived an accident in October of 2013 that involved another vehicle colliding with their vehicle in an intersection when the driver of the other vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign. Both the Wilsons' vehicle and the other vehicle were traveling at 55 MPH at the time of the collision and the impact caused the Wilsons' vehicle to strike a third vehicle that was waiting to turn. The Wilsons' vehicle proceeded to hit several signs as it left the roadway and eventually ended up overturned in a field.

All five members of the Wilson family that were in the vehicle were transported to the hospital. Andrew Wilson, the father, sustained serious injuries, which would have been much worse had he not been restrained. A total of 10 people from the three vehicles involved in the collision were transported to the hospital for a range of injuries.

Thanks to the proper use of safety restraints, the entire family survived and continues to spread the message of the importance of wearing a seat belt. And today, there is a sixth member of the Wilson family.

Accompanying the family is New Kent County Lt. Lee Bailey, who was among one of the first responders at the scene.

If you have a member of your community who you know was involved in a crash – at no fault of their own – and survived thanks to the proper use of safety restraints, please remember to nominate them for a Saved by the Belt Award.

There is no cost to an agency to participate in this recognition program. Information is available online at



St. Patrick's Day Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign

March 17

Campaign Materials


Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 1-30

Campaign Materials


National Bike Month

May 1-31

Bike to Work Week:
May 11-15

Campaign Materials

NHTSA's "Be a Roll Model" Campaign Materials


Motorcycle Safety Month

May 1-31
National Campaign Materials

VA Highway Safety Office Motorcycle Safety Page  

Click It or Ticket May Mobilization

May 18-31

Campaign Materials


Move Over Awareness Month

June 1-30

Campaign Materials


Upcoming Trainings, Campaigns & Important Dates


2015 VACP Midyear Conference
Feb 23-24 • Henrico County

2015 Lifesavers Conference
Mar 15-17 • Chicago, IL

DDACTS Implementation Workshop
Mar 17-19 • Charlottesville

DUID Training Program
Apr 2 • Weyers Cave

Advanced Crash Investigation & Reconstruction
Apr 13-24 • Fredericksburg

DUID Training Program 
Apr 17 • Fairfax County

Mid-Atlantic DUI Conference
Apr 27-29 • Virginia Beach

National TIM Responder Training
Apr 30 • New Kent

DWI Detection and SFST Instructor-Development Training Program
May 4-7 • Henrico
May 18-21 • Roanoke
Jun 22-25 • Nokesville

Advanced Crash Investigation & Reconstruction
Jun 1-15 • Newport News

DUID Training Program 
Jun 10 • Bedford

Fundamentals of Crash Investigation & Reconstruction
Jul 6-17 • Dublin

Advanced Crash Investigation & Reconstruction
Aug 17-28 • Dublin




2015 DUID Training Program

The Commonwealth Attorneys' Services Council (CASC) will be conducting several DUID Training Programs across the Commonwealth in 2015. 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 and break refreshments will be provided at no charge. Virginia State Bar MCLE and In-Service Training Credits (4 hours Legal, 6 hours total) are pending.

The DUID Program is being presented at the following locations in 2015:

  • Weyers Cave on April 2, 2015, at the Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave
  • Fairfax on April 17, 2015, at the Fairfax County CJTA
  • Bedford on June 10, 2015, at the Bedford Welcome Center
  • Henrico on September 17, 2015, at the Henrico County Police Academy

Note: You must pre-register to attend.

Registration is conducted on line at

Contact Ed Hibbard at or at 757-253-4994 if you have any questions.

Advanced DUI Training for Investigators & Prosecutors

The next 2015 presentation of this extremely popular training will be conducted in Roanoke on August 26-28, 2015. 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 Manual will be distributed to participants. Much like our TOP GUNProgram, 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-day long training program. Overnight accommodations beginning August 25th will be provided, as will all breakfasts and lunches. In-Service Training Credits and MCLE credits have been awarded.

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

Seats Still Available for 'Fundamentals of Crash Investigation & Reconstruction' Course in July

The Virginia Highway Safety Office is conducting three courses in "Fundamentals of Crash Investigation and Reconstruction" in 2015. This two-week course imparts the knowledge and skills required for detailed crash investigation by combining classroom lectures with practical field exercises.

The March courses are full, but space is still available for the July 6-17 course at the New River Criminal Justice Academy in Dublin, VA.

For more information and an application to participate, please click HERE.

Additionally, the Highway Safety Office is also conducting three "Advanced Crash Investigation and Reconstruction" courses in Fredericksburg (April), Newport News (June) and Dublin (August). See the DMV website for details.


2015 Mid-Atlantic DUI Conference

The 16th Annual Mid-Atlantic DUI Conference focuses on providing relevant and unique DUI related training opportunities to law enforcement, prosecutors, and traffic safety professionals.

This year's conference will be held April 27-29 in Virginia Beach. For additional information or to register, see


DWI Detection and SFST Instructor-Development Training Program

The purpose of this training is to prepare law enforcement officers to effectively instruct the NHTSA/IACP Virginia approved Standardized Field Sobriety Testing program. This curriculum addresses the application of basic adult learning theory and the skills related to technical teaching. Participants learn effective teaching techniques from experienced instructor demonstration and their own in-class participation.

  • May 4-17 — Henrico County Police Academy

  • May 18-21 — Roanoke County Criminal Justice Academy

  • June 22-25 — Prince William County Police Academy

For more information or to register, go to


Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) implementation Workshop

The Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety implementation workshop is designed to show officers how to use data collection efforts to manage and deploy strategic resources that will decrease traffic crashes and crime.

To learn how to implement DDACTS in your agency, attend this workshop March 17-19 in Charlottesville. 


National Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training

A new coordinated, multi-disciplinary training program developed through the Second Strategic Highway  Research Program (SHRP 2) available for all emergency responders and those supporting Traffic Incident Management operations.  This training puts police, firefighters, state and local departments of transportation, towing, medical personnel, and other incident responders on the same page, leading to a safer, faster, integrated responder team.
Save Lives

  • Faster incident response and clearance times result in fewer secondary crashes.
  • Training results in less exposure of responder team to moving traffic during recovery.
Save Money
  • Less congestion leads to fewer freight and traveler delays in backups.
  • Fewer secondary crashes save on insurance claims.
  • Faster cleanups lead to cost savings for incident personnel.
Save Time 
  • Smarter response techniques cut congestion clearance time- decreasing delays.

Training Provided at NO COST. Receive 4 hours of in-service credit through DCJS, OEMS, or VDFP.
April 30th, 2015 • 9am – 1pm  

New Kent County Sheriff’s Office
11995 Courthouse Circle
New Kent, VA 23124                 

To sign up, contact either Jim Stanek at; or, Lt. Robert Marland at
** When registering, please provide agency, rank, name, and e-mail address **

Greater Washington Law Enforcement Lauded for Fight Against Drunk Driving

On December 12, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) recognized twelve Washington metro area law enforcement officers for their “outstanding commitment in the fight against drunk driving in Greater Washington” and presented them with the area’s 17th-annual “Law Enforcement Awards of Excellence for Impaired Driving Prevention.”

The recipients were:

  • Officer Nicolette Clara, City of Alexandria Police Department
  • Officer Michael Merhar, Arlington County Police Department
  • Officer Alex Cruzvergara, City of Falls Church Police Department
  • Police Officer First Class Vincent P. Vella, Fairfax County Police Department
  • Deputy Timothy Iversen, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office
  • Trooper Brian R. McInerney, Maryland State Police
  • Police Officer III Patrick Vaillancourt, Metropolitan Police Department
  • Officer John Romack, Montgomery County Department of Police
  • Officer Wilber Alvarez, Prince George’s County Police Department
  • Officer II Jeremy A. Schenck, Prince William County Police Department
  • Officer Matthew Manning, United States Park Police
  • Trooper Wesley M. Paul, Virginia State Police



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Major Campaign To Stop Drunk Driving In Central Virginia’s Hispanic Communities Kicks Off

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A big campaign to stop drunk driving and alcohol related crimes is underway in Central Virginia’s Hispanic communities.

“There was a problem with understanding what the laws were in America,” said SAFE Community Coordinator Maya Brewer.

To help address the problem, big yellow signs are being installed at local businesses and neighborhoods. They say: “Drink in this alcohol free zone and you’ll be found guilty of a misdemeanor.”

The message is also written in Spanish for those who don’t know English.

“They want to do the right thing,” said Brewer. “They just need to know what to do.”

The SAFE Latino Coalition is joining with Richmond and Chesterfield Police, the Virginia ABC, and 40 other partners to launch the alcohol free zone project.

The signs will go up at local businesses and in several neighborhoods.

Public service announcements are also running on Spanish TV and radio stations – all in an effort to reduce alcohol related crimes.

“It is important to let them know about these kinds of things and to educate them because we want to avoid the common mistakes,” said Chesterfield County Multicultural Liaison Juan Santacoloma

Campaign organizers say many Latinos are here from countries with different alcohol cultures and they’re unfamiliar with Virginia ABC laws.

“They need education and we need to educate them to be better members of the community,” said Santacoloma.


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