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Troopers Protect You All Year, Keep Them Safe
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From the Virginia State Police:

FAIRFAX CO., Va. – As more motorists take to the highways for the holidays, Virginia State Police will maximize its efforts during the Christmas and New Year’s weekends with increased enforcement to ensure those individuals make it to their destinations safely. In turn, Virginia State Police reminds all drivers to keep troopers safe by obeying the posted speed limits, paying attention to the road and complying with Virginia’s “Move Over” law.

At least one Virginia State Police trooper every month since October has been struck or narrowly escaped being struck by a careless driver on a Northern Virginia highway. Since April 2011, a total of six State Police personnel in Northern Virginia have been struck by a vehicle or had a close call, with three of the incidents occurring around the 156 mile marker at Dale City:

  • 12/1/11: Virginia State Police First Sergeant is hit head-on and seriously injured on Route 267/Greenway at Exit 6
  • 11/19/11: Trooper struck and injured during traffic stop on I-95 near Dale City
  • 10/29/11: Trooper jumps the guardrail to avoid being hit by vehicle on I-95 near Dale City
  • 4/8/11: Trooper struck while braking on I-395 in Fairfax County
  • 4/6/11: Two troopers miss being struck by vehicle on I-95 near Dale City

In 2010, at least four State Police personnel in Northern Virginia were struck and injured by motorists.

“State police are committed to keeping Virginia’s highways as safe as possible, but we need the public’s help in watching out for our safety,” said Capt. Michael A. Spivey, Fairfax Division Commander. “A motorist taking his or her eyes off the road for even a second can and too often does cost lives. Northern Virginia’s heavy volume of traffic and stop-and-go movement require motorists to be extra cautious and alert, especially when there’s a public safety responder working on the side of the road. All we ask is for the public to help keep our troopers safe by paying attention when behind the wheel.”

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