DRIVE SMART Virginia is committed to raising awareness and changing behavior in order to improve the safety of the roadways of Virginia.
Drinking and driving is never acceptable. It’s dangerous. You could injure or kill yourself, your passengers, or others on the roadway. So, if you’re going out and you plan to drink alcohol, you also need to plan to have a sober, designated driver bring you home.
We partner with M.A.D.D. Virginia to fight drunk driving. Learn more about being a designated driver here.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
One of the most dangerous things you can do when you’re driving is to reach for your phone. Talking and texting are both distractions. Distracted driving has been called a serious epidemic in the United States. 80% of all crashes can be attributed to some form of driver distraction.
In 2010 nearly 3,100 people were killed in distraction affected crashes. Throughout the year we partner with organizations and work to educate Virginians about the dangers of taking their eyes and mind off the road. Along with cell phone use, eating, drinking, personal grooming, reading, and even tending to pets and children also contribute to hundreds of thousands of crashes each year. Please visit our Distracted Driving page for more information.
8 out of 10 drivers buckle up in Virginia. How do we get everyone in the car to wear a seatbelt? Education and outreach are key. DRIVE SMART Virginia has partnered with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to help roll-out the annual Click It or Ticket campaign in May. The Click It or Ticket message reminds Virginia residents to wear their seatbelt or face getting a ticket. Wearing a seatbelt is the safest thing you can do in the car and the best defense against a reckless, impaired or distracted driver.
Through our Be Ready Be Buckled campaign, we’ve worked with truck drivers specifically to deliver this important message in order to increase safety belt use and reduce aggressive driving behaviors.
September is Virginia Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Month.
More and more, Americans walk or ride their bikes not just for exercise but for transportation. We work with motorists to educate them on how to Share the Road with bicyclists and pedestrians. We remind them about key safety practices, such as giving cyclists at least three feet of space when passing and yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks.
Bicyclists and pedestrians have responsibilities too. We partner with bike and pedestrian groups to foster a close working relationship with the goal of reducing the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities.
We also work with drivers of all types of passenger vehicles to educate motorists about blind spots that
exist around trucks and the dangers of following too closely. Both big rig and car drivers report a fear of one another. It is our goal to work with all drivers on the road and help them gain an appreciation for and respect of others. Learn more about how to
Share The Road With Trucks and Buses.