State Police, DMV, VDOT Hope To Increase Visibility

November 16, 2007

State police and other Virginia agencies are attacking Virginia's traffic death numbers from another angle.

Virginia State Police, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles are holding media events Friday at state rest areas and welcome centers. They are asking drivers "Are you Virginia's Next Traffic Fatality?"

The agencies hope to increase the visibility of Virginia's Highway Safety Challenge going into the holidays. According to VDOT, more than 110,000 travelers visit state rest areas each day, and more during peak holiday travel periods.

State police launched several weekends of intense coverage of various interstates through the year to fight what police officials called alarming highway fatality numbers.

The state says there have been 903 recorded fatalities so far this year, compared to 839 at this time last year.

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