Over the weekend of March 6/7, the Virginia State Police carried out Operation Air, Land & Speed, a massive traffic-safety enforcement effort on I-81 and I-95.
State Police issued over 7,000 citations during the operation, including pulling over some 3,500 speeders, about 700 reckless drivers, and 20 drunk drivers. Troopers also issued 310 seat belt violations, and made 35 drug and felony busts.
“The safety of Virginia’s highways begins the minute a vehicle is put in ‘drive,’” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. Those split second decisions to choose not to drive drunk, to choose to wear a seat belt and to choose not to speed or drive aggressively really do make a difference in preventing and/or surviving a crash.”
The March 6/7 enforcement effort was the 13th one conducted on the north-south corridors of I-81 and I-95 since the program’s inception in 2006. The enforcement effort targeted all 177 miles of I-95 and all 325 miles of I-81–from border to border.
According to the State Police, funds generated from summonses issued by state police go directly to court fees and Virginia’s Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding, and teacher retirement.