May 12, 2014
Police officers and sheriff's deputies from Charlottesville to North Carolina will be stepping up enforcement as part of the Drive To Save Lives traffic safety campaign.
Starting Tuesday, people should expect to see a heightened presence of law enforcement on major highways and secondary routes conducing DUI checkpoints and roving patrols.
“The month of May is when we really see a significant uptick in traffic volume,” said Capt. Paul Kvasnicka, Virginia State Police Appomattox Division Commander. “Unfortunately, more traffic typically equates to more traffic crashes and fatalities. With all of the festivals, graduations, and spring-related events going on this month, safeguarding our highways from reckless, drunk, distracted and drugged drivers is vitally important.”
According to the DMV Virginia Traffic Crash Facts report, May of 2012 proved to be the deadliest month for Virginia’s highways with 74 fatal traffic crashes claiming 79 lives.
The Drive To Save Lives campaign is a united effort by State Police and highway patrol leaders nationwide to reduce highway fatalities by 15 percent in 2014.