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VSP to 'Saturate' Interstates for Enforcement Initiative

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Virginia State Police Press Release

RICHMOND – In its continuing efforts to reinforce safe driving behaviors and habits on Virginia's interstates,  Virginia state police will be conducting its latest  Operation Air, Land & Speed  traffic safety campaign on  approximately 870 miles of interstate this Saturday (Sept. 14, 2013).

Virginia troopers will be saturating the  entire lengths of Interstates 81, 95, 85 and 64 during the one-day, enforcement initiative.

"This traffic safety effort follows up on our enforcement operations deployed during the Labor Day holiday  weekend," said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. "Saturdays in September typically see an increased volume in interstate traffic due to college football games and numerous festivals  and events occurring across the state. More traffic typically leads to more crashes, injuries, deaths and other  serious traffic-related incidents. Therefore, this operation is both about enforcement and education. We want  to stop those drivers putting others at risk, while at the same getting individuals to think twice about their own  driving behaviors and make safer choices while on the road."

The comprehensive enforcement project is aimed at preventing and reducing traffic crashes and deaths  on Virginia's interstates caused by impaired, reckless, distracted and/or speeding motorists.

In addition,  state police will also be on the lookout for unbuckled adults, teens and children as National Child  Passenger Safety Week begins Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. State police operational duties on other interstates, primary and secondary roads will not be affected  during the campaign. Funding for the enforcement initiative is provided through federal highway safety  monies.

Funds generated from summonses issued by Virginia State Police go directly to court fees and  the state's Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher  retirement. With the increased presence of troopers on the interstates, motorists are reminded to comply with Virginia's "Move Over" law. The state law  requires drivers to change to another travel lane or, when not able to, to cautiously pass emergency personnel stopped on the side of the road.

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