Beginning Friday, the VSP has joined legislation enforcement across the nation for Operation Crash Consciousness Discount Effort, a state-sponsored, nationwide program meant to cut back crashes, fatalities and accidents attributable to impaired driving, velocity and failing to put on a seat belt. The 2021 Memorial Day statistical counting interval started Friday and continues by way of midnight Monday. All out there VSP troopers and supervisors are on patrol by way of the vacation weekend to assist preserve visitors transferring safely and responsibly, the VSP mentioned.
Through the 2020 Memorial Day Operation C.A.R.E. initiative, Virginia troopers arrested 70 drunk drivers and cited 2,469 speeders, the discharge states. Troopers issued 224 citations for failing to put on a seat belt and eight people misplaced their lives in visitors crashes. As well as, VSP personnel assisted 1,460 disabled motorists throughout Virginia throughout final yr’s Memorial Day weekend.
This yr, the Memorial Day Operation C.A.R.E. initiative falls inside the annual “Click on It or Ticket” marketing campaign. This helps to additional emphasize the lifesaving worth of seat belts for each particular person in a automobile, the discharge states.
“Simply inside the previous six days, 22 individuals have misplaced their lives on a Virginia roadway. Preliminary information reveals not less than eight of these weren’t sporting a seat belt, to incorporate a 10-year-old boy. Eight lives that will have been saved with the easy click on of a seat belt. It’s a straightforward determination to make — buckle up. And buckle up everybody driving in your automobile,” mentioned Settle.