Currently the Virginia State Police is working hard to assist motorist traveling during the storm to arrive to their destinations safely. Although we encourage unnecessary travel, if you must go out, please slow down, buckle up, be alert for slick road conditions, and do not drive distracted.
From the hours of 12am to 5 am, the Virginia State Police has taken a total of 76 calls for service. Has investigated 38 traffic crashes, one with injuries, and the other 37 were property damage only. Twelve motorists have been assisted with disabled vehicles, and currently still working ten open incidents across the Division.
State Police remind all Virginias to drive safe and to save lives……
- Clear off all snow from your vehicle – windows, roof, trunk, and lights for visibility.
- Don’t leave home without a window scraper, blanket, bottled water, snack, cell phone charger and flashlight
- Use headlights to increase visibility
- Add extra time to reach travel destination
- Slow speed for road conditions
- Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance
- Buckle up and don’t drive distracted
- And MOVE OVER for all stopped emergency vehicles & highway vehicles
Motorist are also asked NOT to abandon their vehicles in the roadway as this causes even more delays and prevents VDOT trucks and other emergency vehicles from being able to move through the area.
For the latest in road conditions and updates, please call 511 on a cell phone or go online to the VDOT, Virginia Traffic Information Website at www.511virginia.org.
Virginians are advised to only call 911 or #77 on a cell phone in case of emergency. It is essential to keep emergency dispatch lines open for those in serious need of police, fire, or medical response.