Virginia State Police launch Operation DISS-rupt to get drivers 'back to the basics of traffic safety'

Posted at 9:21 AM, Apr 03, 2024
and last updated 2024-04-03 09:21:37-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Starting Wednesday, April 3rd drivers can expect to see more Virginia State Police cars on Interstate 64 than usual. The increase is a part of an initiative that's aimed to get drivers 'back to the basics of traffic safety'.

The operation titled DISS-rupt is a traffic enforcement and educational safety initiative by Virginia State Police that focuses on the four key causes of fatal and serious injury crashes in Virginia. This includes distracted driving, impaired driving, speed compliance and seat belt safety. Troopers in the Chesapeake, Richmond, Appomattox and Salem divisions will patrol interstate 64 April 3rd and 4th.

They say preliminary data shows 126 people have died in a traffic crash on a Virginia roadway so far this year and four pedestrians have been hit and killed on Virginia interstates from January to march of this year.

They’re hoping with this operation, the total number of crashes on our interstates for the year will be reduced by 10% and they are challenging motorist to DISS-rupt the dangerous driving behaviors that consistently put people at risk. Over the next few months operation DISS-rupt will also focus on other highways in the state that include I-95, I-81 and I-66

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