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Storm-Related Crashes Keep VA State Police Busy

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police troopers and dispatchers have now fielded more than 2,067 calls for service as the ongoing storm system moves across the Commonwealth. The busiest area for traffic crashes is currently the Metro-Richmond region.

Statewide from midnight Wednesday (March 6) through 2 p.m., Virginia troopers have responded to 556 traffic crashes and 386 disabled vehicles. State police dispatchers have fielded more than 757 additional calls for assistance and other information. The majority of the crashes involved damaged vehicles only. There have been no reported traffic fatalities resulting from storm conditions. However, as the winds continue to pick up across the state, motorists are advised to be on the lookout for downed trees, power lines, and debris in the roadways.

Though the main highways and interstates are clear and accessible, motorists are still advised to use caution and avoid traveling, if possible. There are still a number of slick spots on the roads and a great deal of slush – which can easily cause a driver to lose control. 

Also, be sure to completely clear all windows and head/brake lights of all snow and ice before traveling. Visibility is essential when traveling in inclement weather and with dangerous road conditions. 

Additional tips include for drivers include the following:

  • State law requires headlights to be on when windshield wipers are in active use
  • 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
  • Call 511 for road conditions or click on http://www.511virginia.org – not 911 or #77, as these are for emergency calls only 

Corinne N. Geller
Public Relations Director
Virginia State Police

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