Uniform units Virginia State Police units are conducting roaming patrols and radar along the entire north-side corridors of Interstates 95 and 81 today in the second day of a 48-hour enforcement action called Operation Air, Land and Speed. In a similar two-day operation in March, officers pulled over more than 3,500 speeders, about 700 reckless drivers, and 20 drunk drivers, yielding some 7,000 summonses and arrests. This included about 300 seat belt violators and 35 drug and felony busts.
At the same time, state troopers along with other Virginia law enforcement agencies are participating in the Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization which run through June 6. According to preliminary figures for the first quarter of 2010, of the 244 persons killed in traffic-related fatalities, 113 were not wearing seat belts. Virginia State Police Superintendent W. Steven Flaherty had this to say about the seat belt enforcement program:
There are so many lives which can be saved, or injuries significantly reduced if every driver and passenger in Virginia took a few extra seconds to buckle a seat belt. It is not only important for you but it is an investment for your family and loved ones. Don’t take a chance. Protect yourself and your passengers by simply buckling up.
According to the state police, these operations will leave its operational duties on other highways and primary and secondary roads unaffected. Federal highway safety grants provide the funding for the state operation.