Virginia State Police to participate in C.A.R.E. initiative

Published: Nov. 17, 2023 at 11:23 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WVVA) - Virginia State Police are once again set to participate in Operation C.A.R.E. - Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort - which means that troopers will be increasing visibility and enforcement efforts during the Thanksgiving holiday.

According to a release from VSP, Thanksgiving traditionally marks the start of the winter holiday travel season, and for Virginians, this means hitting the roads, and in some cases, travelling long distances to share time, and turkey, with loved ones.

Wanting everyone to enjoy this holiday with family and friends, the Virginia State Police is reminding drivers and their passengers to always buckle up.

In 2022, over half of all traffic fatalities in Virginia involved people not wearing a seat belt. The 2022 Thanksgiving CARE initiative resulted in state troopers citing 4,407 speeders and 1,803 reckless drivers statewide. Virginia state troopers arrested 92 drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and cited 454 for seat belt violations.

“Far too many Virginians continue to lose their lives on our roadways for reasons that can be prevented simply by wearing a seat belt,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Virginia State Police, like your families, wants you to safely arrive at your holiday destination. This can only happen if drivers do what they can to make our highways as safe as possible – ditching distractions, complying with posted speed limits and wearing a seat belt.”

The Thanksgiving C.A.R.E. initiative coincides with the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign and Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) “To Get There” winter holidays DUI-prevention campaign. Both are educational and enforcement-oriented traffic safety initiatives aimed at saving lives on Virginia’s highways through increased usage of seat belts and the deterrence of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.