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Virginia will participate in the “I-95 Drive to Save Lives” initiative

Virginia will be one of 15 states, from Maine north to Florida, participating in a multi-day “Drive to Save Lives” traffic initiative along Interstate 95. Virginia State Police will deploy additional patrol resources on all 200 miles of the interstate 95, from the Maryland border to the North Carolina border. The initiative takes place from Friday April 19 to April 21. The initiative focuses on all aspects of safe driving behavior, including distracted driving. April is National Distraction Month.

“This effort to maintain road safety could not come at a more crucial time,” said State Police Superintendent Col. Gary Settle. “Just three weeks ago, State Police investigated an incident in which two Chesterfield firefighters were injured on I-95 while at the scene of a traffic accident in Chesterfield. We want people to know that we are serious about ensuring that focusing on driving is your top priority.”

According to DMV Statistically, there were 39 fatal traffic accidents on I-95 in 2023. In 2022, more than 20,000 traffic accidents and 95 traffic-related deaths were attributed to driver distraction. *

Virginia State Police would also like to remind drivers of recent changes to the “Move Over” law. In 2023, “Move Over” was extended to any vehicle with warning lights, flashing lights or flares. Other motorists are required to move into a lane, or if that is not possible, to slow down when driving near these vehicles.