Va. State Troopers Cracking Down on Highways Saturday
– September 13, 2013 1:45 pm
Virginia State Police are gearing up for a statewide enforcement of Interstate highways. They’ll do it, in part, on Saturday from the sky.
The law enforcement agency will conduct its latest Operation Air, Land & Speed traffic safety campaign. On Saturday, they’ll be watching closely drivers on I-95, 81, 85, and 64 for the one-day event. A total of 870 miles of highway will be covered by the stepped-up enforcement.
Here’s more in a press release:
“This traffic safety effort follows up on our enforcement operations deployed during the Labor Day holiday weekend,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Saturdays in September typically see an increased volume in interstate traffic due to college football games and numerous festivals and events occurring across the state. More traffic typically leads to more crashes, injuries, deaths and other serious traffic-related incidents. Therefore, this operation is both about enforcement and education. We want to stop those drivers putting others at risk, while at the same getting individuals to think twice about their own driving behaviors and make safer choices while on the road.”
The comprehensive enforcement project is aimed at preventing and reducing traffic crashes and deaths on Virginia’s interstates caused by impaired, reckless, distracted and/or speeding motorists. In addition, state police will also be on the lookout for unbuckled adults, teens and children as National Child Passenger Safety Week begins Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.
Those troopers who are not involved with the special enforcement will go about their day jobs as normal on Saturday, according to state police.