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Independence Day traditions include barbecues, festivals, family reunions, and fireworks. To ensure the safety of all who live, work, visit and travel across Virginia over the long holiday weekend, Virginia State Police are encouraging Virginians to play smart and plan ahead to making sure everyone on the road is safe and sober.

“Summer days are filled with celebrations, vacations, outdoor festivals and backyard barbecues, but no matter where your plans take you, please make safety your priority,” said Colonel Gary T Settle, Superintendent of the Virginia State Police. “With traffic fatalities on the way this year to mimic last year’s record number, I urge all Virginians to buckle up, eliminate distractions and never drive buzzed, drunk or under the influence. influence. Together, we can make this the safest Independence Day ever!

If you plan to drink alcohol at a 4th of July party, plan ahead and book a designated driver, use a ride-sharing service or taxi, or use public transportation to ensure you get home. you safely. Party hosts are encouraged to serve non-alcoholic beverage options and help prevent guests from drinking and driving home after their event.

As part of its ongoing efforts to increase safety and reduce fatalities on Virginia’s highways over the upcoming holiday weekend, Virginia State Police will increase patrols from 12:01 a.m. Friday ( July 1, 2022) to midnight Monday (July 4, 2022) as part of Operation Crash Awareness Reduction Effort (CARE). Operation CARE is a national, state-sponsored program aimed at reducing crashes, deaths and injuries from impaired driving, speeding and not wearing seat belts.

During the four days of Independence Day Operation CARE last year, 12 people were killed on Virginia roads. Virginia Troopers arrested 61 drivers operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, cited 4,025 speeding and 1,434 reckless drivers, and issued 510 citations to people for failing to obey the law and buckled their seatbelts. Soldiers also assisted 1,550 disabled/stranded motorists.

With increased holiday patrols, Virginia State Police are also reminding drivers of Virginia’s “Move Over” law, which requires motorists to move when approaching an emergency vehicle. stopped along the road. If unable to move, drivers are required to pass the emergency vehicle carefully. The law also applies to workers in vehicles equipped with yellow lights.


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