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Virginia Highway Safety Office News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 28, 2007
Media Contact: Melanie Stokes
Department of Motor Vehicles
(804) 367-6623

Website Features Latest Crash Statistics, Safety Information
DMV's Virginia Highway Safety Office Launches Enhanced Website

RICHMOND - Complete with upgrades, interactive features and the latest safety tips and crash statistical information, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles' Virginia Highway Safety Office website is the community's source for safety-related information.

Recently launched, the revised website at www.dmvNOW.com/highwaysafety includes the latest traffic crash, injury and fatality statistics for Virginia, and for all localities. The number of deaths on Virginia's roadways will be updated daily and displayed on the site.

Safety tips for mature drivers, young drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists and more are available, including fun features for teens and helpful safety information for parents of teen drivers. Audio, video, multimedia and interactive features are upgraded components of the site.

Tools are on hand to help educators spread the word about the dangers of not buckling up, and drinking and driving, for example. Educators and the community will find resources from other Virginia safety partners including information about the safety belt campaign called Click It or Ticket, and the impaired driving campaign, Checkpoint Strikeforce. Users can also access a calendar featuring statewide safety events.

One of the most significant changes to the new site is improved navigation, which enhances access to important information. Content boxes detailing the most-read safety topics are displayed on the center of the page to make it easier for users to find information they need.

The latest Virginia Highway Safety Office news, details about the office's federal grant program and an important message from the Governor's representative for highway safety are also posted on the site.

Note to reporters: The Virginia Highway Safety Office's newly-enhanced website contains the most up-to-date crash statistics including alcohol-related crashes, speed-related crashes and other significant traffic trends. Statistics for the entire state and for each Virginia county and city are on hand.

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