Up and down I-95, police in 15 different states will be pulling more drivers over this weekend (October 20-22).The effort coincides with the end of National Teen Driver Safety Week, though the new enforcement surge will not be limited to pulling over young drivers. Every state that I-95 travels through will participate in the crackdown. Virginia State Police Superintendent, Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, announced the enforcement surge.
With traffic deaths in Virginia having dramatically spiked this year in comparison to 2016, this multi-state operation could not come at a more critical time. Traditionally there is always an increase in the number of traffic crashes on Virginia’s highways during the last three months of the year, so it is even more imperative for every Virginian to ‘Drive to Save Lives’ no matter the distance of one’s travels.”Expect to see more Virginia State Police Officers, in addition to local police, on all 179 miles of I-95 in Virginia. State Police are telling drivers that their officers will be stepping up enforcement everywhere between the North Carolina and Maryland state lines. Though, drivers should also expect to see increased police presence along I-95 in those two states as well.
So far this year, Virginia has seen 608 traffic fatalities on Commonwealth highways. During the same period of time last year, that statistic sat at 538. Of the 70 additional traffic deaths this year, Virginia State Police say that 22 of them were teenagers. If you find yourself on I-95 this weekend, be extra conscious and cautious. Pay attention to marked speed limits, including temporary speed limit signs in and around construction zones. It is also illegal to text while driving in Virginia, and police do not need any additional reason -- other than seeing you texting -- to justify pulling you over.