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Virginia Highway Safety Office News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Media Contact: Brandy Brubaker
Department of Motor Vehicles
(804) 367-6834

Conduct Business Online During Thanksgiving Office Closings
Drivers Urged to Get Rest and Buckle Up Before Traveling

RICHMOND - All Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) customer service centers will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Thursday, November 27 to Saturday, November 29, and will reopen on Monday, December 1.

DMV customers can avoid service delays after the holiday closure by using preferred service options, including DMV's website, automated telephone service (1-888-337-4782) and the mail. Through www.dmvNOW.com, customers can complete more than 30 transactions without visiting an office.

In addition, some DMV Select locations, which are operated by local governments or private citizens, operate outside of the state holiday closing schedule. The 54 DMV Selects across the state process vehicle-related transactions, including registration renewals, titles and license plates. Driver's license and ID card services are not available at DMV Select offices. To find out if a DMV Select in your area is open on a state holiday, visit www.dmvNOW.com/DMVSelect.

DMV urges drivers to buckle up during the Thanksgiving holiday - and every day.

Last year, 13 people died on Virginia roads during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday (Wednesday, November 27-Sunday, December 1, 2013). One death was a pedestrian. Of the 12 other people who died, eight (67 percent) were not wearing their seatbelt. Three of the 13 fatalities (23 percent) were alcohol-related.

"Don't turn Thanksgiving into a tragedy. Always wear your seatbelt and if you are going to drink alcohol, never drive. If you feel too tired to drive, don't get behind the wheel," said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor's Highway Safety Representative. "This advice won't prevent all crashes, but it might save your life."

With proper use of seatbelts, you are 40 percent less likely to be killed in a crash. In 2013, 310 people who weren't properly restrained died in Virginia crashes. Motorists between the ages of 21 and 35 made up 118 of the fatalities (38 percent).

Law enforcement officers are stepping up seatbelt and child safety seat enforcement efforts during the Click It or Ticket Mobilization November 21-27. During the November 2013 event, law enforcement officers throughout Virginia issued 1,134 safety belt citations and 225 child safety seat citations.

Typically, the busiest travel days during the Thanksgiving holiday are Wednesday and Thursday and, because the price of gas is lower, more drivers are expected to hit the roads than usual. To avoid increased traffic, choose another day to travel. Motorists are also encouraged to get plenty of rest and to do most of their driving during daylight hours when visibility is best.

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