In order to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious crashes, a number of agencies have come together to implement The Virginia Strategic Highway Safety Plan, with the goal of moving the state toward zero deaths on the Commonwealth's roadways.
Every day, an average of two people die and more than 100 are injured in highway crashes in Virginia. Last year, more than 700 people died in fatal crashes. And from 2011 to 2015, there were more than 3,000 fatalities and nearly 46,000 serious crashes in the state. Over the past several years, from 2011 to 2015, traffic deaths were the second leading cause of death in Virginia.
These numbers also take a heavy toll on the state’s budget. From 2011 to 2015, fatalities and serious crashes cost the state nearly $5 billion. Due to the alarming numbers, the state is calling for an end to traffic deaths.
The Virginia Department of Transportation, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Transportation, and the Virginia State Police are just some of the agencies teaming up to combat the issue by implementing the “Arrive Alive” Highway Strategic Plan throughout the state. The plan lays out data-driven solutions to address highway safety issues.