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Police Pursuit Ends with Multi-Car Crash in Newport News

by sko | September 15th, 2011

September 15, 2011

A police pursuit in Newport News, Virginia, on Monday, September 12, ended with a multi-vehicle crash on I-64 near Denbigh Boulevard.

Virginia State Police Sergeant Michelle Anaya told WAVY.com that an officer saw a suspect traveling illegally in the westbound HOV lane at Bland Boulevard and attempted to pull him over for the HOV violation. The suspect, however, would not pull over.

When the officer ran the suspect’s license plate, he found that the vehicle the man was driving was listed as stolen from Henrico County.

During the chase, the suspect reportedly cut through the opening at Industrial Park Drive and then began traveling eastbound. While traveling eastbound he made yet another cut through, striking a trooper and beginning to travel westbound again.

“Now heading westbound, [the suspect] made yet another cut through.,” reports WAVY. “The third cut through was made at Denbigh, allowing the suspect to head eastbound. According to police, the suspect crashed into the same trooper again, bringing the pursuit to an end.”

The crash closed a lane of I-64.

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Number of Distracted Driving Crashes in Lynchburg On the Rise

by sko | July 21st, 2011

July 21, 2011

Distracted driving caused 404 crashes, 172 injuries, and two deaths in Lynchburg, Virginia, last year, according to The News & Advance.

In addition, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reports that in 2010 there were 5,396 distracted-driving-related crashes statewide, which injured 22,292 people and killed 281.

“Driving is a complex task,” said Lynchburg Officer Ronnie Sitler. “Anything you do—such as fiddling with the radio or the GPS or talking on your phone—is a distraction that can lead to a crash.”

Distracted driving in Virginia—and across the country—has become so pervasive that the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is now seeking out people willing to have cameras installed in their cars so that the effects of distractions can be observed.

A previous Virginia Tech study, which looked specifically at distracted driving amongst commercial truckers and bus drivers, found that drivers who are texting behind the wheel take their eyes off the road for 4.6 out of every 6 seconds while texting.

“In my opinion, almost all accidents are caused by some sort of distraction,” said Lynchburg Officer J.W. Blankenship. “If you are paying attention and following the law, you wouldn’t have a crash. People I write speeding tickets to, many say, ‘I wasn’t paying attention.’ If you weren’t paying attention, then what were you doing?”

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