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DRIVE SMART Virginia Seeks Grants and Operations Coordinator

DRIVE SMART Virginia is a dynamic statewide non-profit located in Richmond, Virginia whose mission is to improve the safety of Virginia’s roadways by raising awareness about traffic safety. We execute public information and education campaigns on distracted and impaired driving, teen driving, occupant protection, sharing the road, etc. We partner with companies, localities, law enforcement, … Continue reading

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NTSB’s Sumwalt to Deliver Summit Keynote

Robert L. Sumwalt has been a member of the NTSB since 2006 and has been a fierce advocate for improving safety in all modes of transportation, including teen driver safety, impaired driving, distractions in transportation, and several rail safety initiatives.  Sumwalt will deliver a keynote address for the 2014 Virginia Distracted Driving Summit on September … Continue reading

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VCU PD: Text Later Live Longer

Cpl. Rebecca Ellison of the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department recently stopped a woman near the school’s medical campus for traveling the wrong way on a one-way street. Ellison immediately noted that the driver had a cell phone in her hand — and knew exactly what to say. “If you put that phone down, you … Continue reading

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Ashland Police Department: Distracted driving kills

Every day in this county, an average of nine people die in traffic crashes where the proximate cause was driver distraction, usually a distraction from technology. That’s nine families per day who will never again celebrate their loved one’s birthday, enjoy Christmas morning together or simply receive a daily hug. It’s easy to talk about … Continue reading

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The fries can wait!

I went through the drive-through of McDonalds, extremely hungry, and bought a burger and fries. As I was pulling out of the parking lot, I was looking down and eating my fries. Next thing I know, I hear a crash and jolted forward. While I was busy eating my fries, I didn’t even realize that … Continue reading

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VSP Superintendent: Let’s Drive to Save Lives

The conversation always begins with a knock on a door. It’s one of the hardest responsibilities of a public safety professional’s job – delivering a death message. Telling someone that his or her loved one won’t be coming home today, tonight, tomorrow, ever. Sadly, that tragic conversation has already taken place in living rooms across … Continue reading

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Two wheels, two different experiences.

Bicycling is a joyous thing. The wind rustles your clothes and cools you. The colors around you are vivid. You smell the scents of the world. Hear the sounds of children playing, your chain making little whisperings, dogs barking, and trains, and people talking as you roll by. It’s a joyous life-affirming thing. In communities … Continue reading

Filed Under: Distracted Driving, Share the Road

One text or call could wreck it all.

We all know that distracted driving has become a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways. In 2012 alone, 3,328 were killed in distracted driving crashes. That’s why the U.S. Department of Transportation is leading the effort to stop texting and cell phone use behind the wheel. Since 2009, we have held two national distracted driving summits, … Continue reading

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